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Old 07-16-2015, 08:33 AM   #1
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Pine tree sap!

Thought I would share.
The bus a purchased sat under a pine tree for awhile! The roof was covered! As some of you may know it's a pain to get off. I tried a few different things but the one thing that worked was a professional grade nail/gel polish remover. The brand name is Onyx Brands Inc. It took two big bottles, first one was blueish and did a pretty good job, the clear stuff worked way better but beware it does remove some paint as well. Luckily I'm preping the roof for painting. Be sure to wash the area with soap and water after using.
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Old 07-16-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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I'll try that sometime...
I've never found anything that really got pine tar off...
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:55 AM   #3
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Acetone will take anything off, and it evaporates away. I use it regularly to take sticky labels off of things.

If you can't find it in the health and beauty section as a nail polish remover, go look in the paint department. It might even be cheaper that way.
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:04 PM   #4
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I'm tellin' ya... everybody should have a quart (or gallon) of naphtha in the garage. Good stuff! Kind of awkward to pronounce though. It was a big ingredient in the "Thoro" spot remover product of years gone by. Acetone is good too, but sometimes it dries a little too fast. I like naphtha because it removes oil, grease, tar, tree sap, etc but usually doesn't attack paints or other finishes like xylene and acetone can.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:19 PM   #5
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Isopropyl alcohol dissolves the sap that falls from evergreen trees around here. It dissolves the sap and the rag soaks it up. I'm always cautious of using acetone or lacquer thinner due to the potential to remove the paint too.
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:05 PM   #6
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LA's Awesome

it's all I use..... for limousine detailing, truck cleaning, tires, carpet cleaning, bug removal, laundry, bathroom, vinyl siding everything!

no scrub!

I use it a pump up garden sprayer

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