View Full Version : how to get sap off top?

10-02-2011, 09:01 PM
My friend has sap on his convertible top of a car his just picked up. Tips on getting it off without hurting the material?

10-03-2011, 02:23 AM
I heard that dry ice works, but have been wondering this myself since Florida is full of Pine trees that like to shit all over your car, lol...

10-03-2011, 03:52 AM
maybe try some goo gone? I am not sure if its safe for the top or not. Or maybe some raggtop cleaner would work too?

10-03-2011, 03:59 AM
Yeah GooGone was another one I've heard of, but did want to be the proverbial guinea pig, lol...

10-03-2011, 04:53 AM
honest i would just tell him to take it to a pro detailer and see what they can do, or try random crap they might stain it,

10-03-2011, 04:36 PM
WD40 will remove pine tree sap, fwiw

10-04-2011, 08:01 AM
I've used WD40 on paint to remove tar without it staining or doing any damage, I'm not sure how I would feel about using it on a top though.

10-04-2011, 04:53 PM
This is what a professional detailer said:

Personaly I normally go from least aggressive method up. It depends on how long the tree sap has been there but you may be in for a couple hours of work especially on the top.

Heres a small article on top cleaning... I if you do decide to use rubbing Alcohol I would use it in a very tiny area as it made fade or stain the top. I have used Ragtopp cleaner with a a medium stiffness brush and light scrubbing to get it out before. Oh and butter will stain your top so dont try it.

On the paint my favorite bug and tar remover is TAR-X by carpro... its expensive but it works awsome and wont damage your paint and a little goes a long way. You can also try a auto store bug and tar remover or Rubbing Alcohol just make sure you dont let either dry on your paint and that you wash it off immediately as some of them can cause damage ( Guy used some stuff from pep boys on his front bumper and it took all the paint off his plastic trim). Whatever you do try not to use a ton of pressure or your going to end up with tons of swirls and hairline scratches that will need buffed out.

10-04-2011, 06:00 PM
Keep in mind that the top can always be repainted relatively easy so if it does fade the cloth in that little area just get some dye or something. Then again I'm assuming it a black top, lol...