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PDM posted 06-04-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for PDM  
Any suggestions for getting pine sap off of gel coat and upholstery??
where2 posted 06-04-2002 12:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Two things: The handy waterless hand sanitizer that's essentially rubbing alcohol. (Use this only on things that are alcohol resistant, not sure how the vinyl will react).

Other option: When the Pine tree outside work drips on my car, I simply let it harden for 2 weeks until it turns from syrup texture to a hardened chunk. Then I flake it off with a fingernail. Flaked one off my hood this morning before I put the car cover on... (I don't use the car cover under the tree, becaues I don't know how to get it off my car cover)

Generally, I avoid parking in the spots where the tree overhangs the car and drips on it. Once in awhile, I have no option.

lhg posted 06-05-2002 07:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Mineral Spirits, which, like Turpentine, is made from tree sap, cuts it, and won't harm anything.
scattcat posted 06-06-2002 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for scattcat  Send Email to scattcat     
I've had luck using WD-40 on pine sap...
PDM posted 06-06-2002 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
Great suggestions. Thanks. WD-40 is great. A thousand uses and it comes in a spray can. I know that WD-40 is petroleum based and wouldn't that harm the vinyl upholstery.

BTW, the pine sap dripped from the wood that I used to support the cover for the winter.


triblet posted 06-07-2002 01:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Automotive bug and tar remover.


PDM posted 06-10-2002 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
Tried the rubbing alcohol and it worked just fine. It didn't appear to hurt the vinyl but time will tell if it weakened the fabric.

Thanks again.

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