What’s the Best Way to Clean My Car Without Damaging the Paint?
Try these tips to safely remove sap from your car.
“There’s sticky tree sap on my car.”
Jennifer Tse, via Facebook
The fix: Apply a tree-sap remover, such as Renew RX Bug & Tar Remover ($6, turtlewax.com). Wash and dry the area to loosen the sap. Spray the remover on the spot; let it sit for at least two to three minutes. Use a soft rag to gently rub it away, says Amy Mattinat, the owner of Auto Craftsmen, an auto-repair shop in Montpelier, Vermont. If residue remains, saturate the corner of a rag with WD-40 and carefully wipe. Don’t scrub, says Jamie Little, a coauthor of Essential Car Care for Women ($16, amazon.com), as hard pressure can damage paint. After the sap comes off, the area needs to be cleaned. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 2 cups of warm water, dip a clean microfiber cloth into the solution, and wipe. Regular waxing will render your car (at least somewhat) sap-repellent.