Sap happens. Sometimes parking under a tree is unavoidable, and sometimes life happens and we cannot remove the sap quick enough. If you get sap on your vehicle and it is left too long, it can turn hard like cement. You have many options to safely remove sap. First, you should see if a regular wash is enough. If not, try claying the car. If that still does not work, it might be time to move onto something stronger and that is what this post is for.
One product that works really well is Tarminator by Stoners. This product is pretty strong, so you want to use it as a last resort. Read the directions carefully so you fully understand the product and how to use it. Here are some starter tips:
- Do not work in direct sunlight
- Allow the vehicle to cool if it is hot
- Wash the vehicle first
- Rinse off the product after (you will notice the water is soapy and has a smell)
For the sap in the above picture, the instructions for Tarminator did not work. It recommends spraying the area and letting sit for 60 seconds, repeating if needed. After three attempts, the sap was not budging. What I tried next was soaking cotton balls in Tarminator and letting them sit, so there was direct contact on the sap itself.
After the 60 seconds had passed, I remove the cotton balls. Some spots were still there, but the sap went from hard to gooey. From here, I used a soft microfibre clothe to pick up the rest. You can spray Tarminator on the microfibre for extra effect. Be warned, whatever microfibre you use is most likely going to be toast after (not useable on much, it will contain sap that will be difficult to remove).
If you still have some stubborn spots, try removing the top portion of the sap after the application has been sitting. You can use a plastic razor, but be very careful not to cause damage. After you remove some of the sap, try another application.
This sap was sitting on the vehicle for nearly a year. It was baked on good, but it was possible to fully remove it quickly, and safely thanks to Tarminator. Be sure to try less aggressive methods first, such as claying. If you do need to use Tarminator, be sure to rinse the vehicle after well and wash your hands before touching anything.
Lastly, don’t forget to reapply any wax after. Wax will allow easier removal of sap in the future.
Best of luck on removing your sap. Any questions can be posted in the comments, or sent directly to me through the contact form.