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Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM
ashtraveler ashtraveler is offline
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sap in clear coat on a lease

I got tons of sap/pecan oil on my car in the summer in Austin, TX. I got baked in 100+ degree weather for about 17 days.

Very little came off. I went to couple of detailers. One tried clay and buffing. Most of it is not going to come off I presume.

There is a lot of it from front to back.

It's a lease, but if I turn it in will BMW charge me and how much will it cost to "fix" that problem?

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:52 PM
Johnz3mc Johnz3mc is offline
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Not easy after 17 days of a good baking so you're right.

I'd start with mineral spirits or wd-40 or Stoner's Traminator on a cloth taped onto a tar blob. Let it dwell for 15 - 20 min. That'll soften the surface a bit.
Then I'd use a plastic razor blade. Yup, there is such a thing. The plastic blade should be able to remove the top slightly soft section. Then repeat the process with more fluid, more dwell time, more working the surface.
Eventually you're going to get it off.

It's critical you let the above fluids dwell on the sap, otherwise it's never going to soften. That's why I mentioned the cloth and tape.
Try a small area first and by all means, go buy a spray can of Stoner's Tarminator. It's great stuff, not magic stuff, but it works well on sap, tar, etc, if it's sort of fresh.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:01 PM
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thanks for the suggestions. Its not even sort of fresh now. This happened in August.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:48 PM
Johnz3mc Johnz3mc is offline
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If you can't get your hands on plastic razor blades, try the edge of a credit card. Preferrably one of the wife's.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:07 AM
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Not easy after 17 days of a good baking so you're right.

I'd start with mineral spirits or wd-40 or Stoner's Traminator on a cloth taped onto a tar blob. Let it dwell for 15 - 20 min. That'll soften the surface a bit.
Then I'd use a plastic razor blade. Yup, there is such a thing. The plastic blade should be able to remove the top slightly soft section. Then repeat the process with more fluid, more dwell time, more working the surface.
Eventually you're going to get it off.

It's critical you let the above fluids dwell on the sap, otherwise it's never going to soften. That's why I mentioned the cloth and tape.
Try a small area first and by all means, go buy a spray can of Stoner's Tarminator. It's great stuff, not magic stuff, but it works well on sap, tar, etc, if it's sort of fresh.
This is solid info here and I couldn't have said it better. I use Stoners Tarminator on motorcycle details and it's the bomb..it will not harm the paints surface.
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