Tree sap. Bug/tar remover or clay bar? - - Infiniti G35 & G37 Forum Discussion |
Show Your Support Become A Premier Member

    > >
  • Reload this Page >
    • Tree sap. Bug/tar remover or clay bar?

Tree sap. Bug/tar remover or clay bar?

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 10-23-2006, 08:07 PM
Jeff92se's Avatar
Red Card Crew
Thread Starter
iTrader: (24)
Join Date: May 2005
location: ɐʍ 'ǝlʇʇɐǝs
Posts: 35,498
Thanked 523 Times in 438 Posts
Tree sap. Bug/tar remover or clay bar?

This stuff is already hardened
Old 10-23-2006, 08:35 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2006
location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 302
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd guess it'll take the clay bar. Sap sucks!
Old 10-23-2006, 09:07 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just ran into some sap issue last week. I clayed the car very carefully. I think everything is off my paint since it had Zaino Z2 polish on it. But the glass still showed some sap (micro dots). I did clay everything including the window glass. So I am going to try ISA shortly on the glass. After reading various forum, it seems the way to go . I read somewhere if it is real bad, someone used a steamer with Stoner's Tarminator.
Old 10-23-2006, 10:17 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2005
location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 375
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I used a claybar for the first time on the weekend on the glass...took all those tiny dots of sap right off...they've been there for almost a year.
Old 10-23-2006, 10:29 PM
ttrank's Avatar
Grocery getter
iTrader: (57)
Join Date: Jul 2005
location: Phoenix
Posts: 27,304
Thanked 170 Times in 55 Posts
Zaino rules!

Glad it worked for you. Now I know too.
Old 10-25-2006, 02:12 AM
ashish's Avatar
Registered User
iTrader: (2)
Join Date: Jun 2006
location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 405
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If its on glass, ive just used a blade (the rectangular ones, boxcutter ones i want to say) and it comes right off without scratching the window.
Old 10-25-2006, 02:17 AM
gary c's Avatar
iTrader: (10)
Join Date: Feb 2005
location: Valencia, Ca
Posts: 19,034
Thanked 1,051 Times in 936 Posts
That tree ****..............

Yes, claying your car will remove carefull
and follow the instructions. Once you've removed
the sap it's time to load up your paint with good
wax. Next time you have sap on the surface it will
wash off......"IF" you have plenty of wax on your car!
Old 11-10-2006, 08:01 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2006
location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 27
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is claying the car the only way to take off sap or bugs on your bumper?
Old 11-11-2006, 02:11 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Oct 2003
location: Hawaii
Posts: 375
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You could opt for tar/sap remover, but some could be pretty harsh. Clay might be the safest way.
Old 11-11-2006, 03:07 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 61
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There are several approaches. I just went through this with my car. It wasn't really tree sap, but aphid honeydew - which is the same end result, a problem that needs to be removed. Aphid honeydew is a lots of micro dots that look like sap. Regardless, I would try a warm or hot wash on fresh sap/honedew.

If the issue is still there then try, Denatured alcohol, anhydrous isopropyl alcohol or mineral spirits may dissolve the sap.

If that doesn't work then a very mild diminishing abrasive, like Meguiar's ScratchX, followed by the solvents mentioned above.

All of the procedures above will also remove any wax or sealant finish on your car. Which means you have to reapply to get that layer of protection on your clearcoat/paint.

I'm currently using Zaino. So in my opinion, the sap/honeydew issue is lessened so that the problem sits on top of the Zaino sealant. It is then easier to remove.

Getting back to removing future occurences I avoid parking underneath trees that typically produce sap. I thought I solved that by parking underneath tress that don't produce sap. However, with my bad luck I parked underneath trees that were heavily infested with aphids, whose happy byproduct was their excrement - or honeydew. Billions of microdots. Don't believe me? Google: "aphids" "honeydew". You learn something new every day.

Oh... I another thing I read was using plastic razors to remove the nasty stuff from windows. But as a word of caution on any of the above mentioned techniques... do a test treatment on a small area.

To summarize, perform the least intrusive first (washing with warm or hot water) and go from there to polishing.
Old 11-11-2006, 11:01 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 4,288
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
^^ nice info. thanks.
Old 11-11-2006, 11:48 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,335
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
clay bar ftw!!

use plenty of lube, cant really go wrong ...

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DIY: Remove Gas Pump to Clean Sending Unit & Clear P0463 Code RemmyZero V36 DIY 8 01-19-2018 11:08 PM
FS[SoCal]: G35 ksport/voodoo13/megan suspension, car sold, need these gone please VatoVazq Steering & Suspension 15 12-23-2015 11:01 AM
David's 2007 G35 Coupe Build Thread davizzle Media Share G35 Coupe V35 18 12-13-2015 01:47 PM
Extreme Dimensiosn is Hiring an Automotive Shaper. Extreme Dimensions Southern California 3 10-19-2015 07:28 PM

bad, bar, bug, california, car, clay, claybar, claying, remove, remover, sap, tar, tree, window, word
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:18 PM.

Copyright ©2002 - 2017, All Rights Reserved. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in:

Related pages

leaking ac compressorwhat does a fender roller domb off road rimscamber kit alignmentg35 roof spoilerweapon r intakescastrol 0w30 edgegreddy turbo kit g35fixing a rear view mirroraftermarket center caps for rimsbride low max pricextr racing clutchinfiniti g37 batterymy350z forumgrease polyurethane bushings350z track rimsescort x50 passport 8500bleeder screw stripped10w3 jlmrp-m850cigarette lighter aux cordg35 performance chipbrake light comes on when turning2004 infiniti g35 sedan mpggt35r turbo kitpioneer avh-p1400dvdwhat is a crank sensor symptomsdiy splitter support rodsstanced g37 coupekicker 400.1 ampbill of sales dmvbmw 645 reliabilityair compressor repair costslim pioneer subwooferpolk momo subwoofer2003 nissan 350z twin turbo kitmurray thermostatame circlar spec reastwood fender roller for saleprojector reflectorinfiniti g37 sport packagelupient infinitycold air intake for 350zprestone flush and fillcastrol or mobil 1 which is bettervip stance wheelshi stall converterimpul wheelspolished intake manifoldhybrid audio clarus subwooferinfinity g37 0-60how to loosen tensioner on serpentine beltmb quart 8 subwoofernissanusebumper hole repairexhaust pipe sizinginfinity kappa subg37s infiniti pricerb25det vs rb26dettcoupes vs sedanshow to stop a rod knock2005 altima coiloversasa gt1 wheelsmurano tire pressurevalve body solenoidkeyless entry remote wont workyokohama avid envigor reviewsresistor for airbag bypassngk iridium review350z nitrousg37s wheelswork meister center capsdashboard lights wont come oninfiniti g35x exhaustpurple steep tech north face