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binky

OK, I have LIme trees along my road which unfortuately I end up parking van under sometimes. Now said tree sap has gone rather black (soot mould) depsite being washed occasionally. I've tried removing with elbow grease, and tar remover - sort or works but not satisfactory and takes ages. Does anyone know of a good tree sap remover? 

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Rob.

Butter, works well with bitumen, worth a shot. 

 

It also works extremely well removing bitumen from your hair, should you ever get any in it. 

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Evans Electric

I used to have a Transit  parked under Sycamore trees , the whole roof had black  sooty , stubborn spores over it .  Didn't notice it for ages  as I never washed the roof .  I think I ended up using Jif  , never really got rid of it TBH . 

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Sharpend
37 minutes ago, Evans Electric said:

I used to have a Transit  parked under Sycamore trees , the whole roof had black  sooty , stubborn spores over it .  Didn't notice it for ages  as I never washed the roof .  I think I ended up using Jif  , never really got rid of it TBH . 

 

Excellent post Deke, at least we know not what to use ;) 

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Evans Electric

Well the next option would have been a Brillo Pad I think  !    Not the best idea .    Really stubborn stuff.  

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Blue Duck

Give it a good soak with hot water and try to blast it off with a power hose.

Failing that head down to halfrauds and get some auto glym tar remover.

 

Last resort would be rubbing compound but much elbow grease would also be required.

 

I also have lime trees... a coat of wax works wonders

 

 

HTH

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binky

Butter the van - I'll have every cat in the neighbourhood on the roof :^O

 

I've been told that natural Turpentine can work wonders, I've tried tar remover, which is  a bit better than soap and water, nylon scouring pad works reasonaly well, but will take all day. Think I might try the Polish car wash, and I was considering taking the roof bars off and using drive through car wash. I did try a pressure washer, but it doesn't get into the ingrained stuff that well

 

Wax certainly helps, but it's  abit late for that, the joy of being too busy, might have to try T-cut or colour restorer type product then wax the hell out of it.

 

Thank you all for the suggestions

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Sharpend

Turps works very well and only need a cloth with it instead of a scoured, however be sure to wash with plenty of soapy water after to remove residual from turps, 

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Blue Duck

When you do get it off give the roof a coat of wax and it will be easier to clean next time round.

If you do go for the butter option the cats may lick the roof clean for you!

 

:slap

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Barx

In my eyes, prevention is better than cure.....

 

Just stop washing the van. That's the theory I use and there is no sap on my van.

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roys

Eastern European car wash is the answer, they use TFR as a presoak on the car, TFR is traffic film remover and is quite harsh but effective.

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17 minutes ago, roys said:

Eastern European car wash is the answer, they use TFR as a presoak on the car, TFR is traffic film remover and is quite harsh but effective.

 

You must have a better class of EE's, the presoak they used on mine didn't get the tar off nor the cement!! 

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binky

best hand car wash I have ever found was in Cheadle Town centre, Staffordshire, and not EE manned. Don't know what they sprayed the van with, but it stayed clean for weeks, even after driving back down the motorway.

20 hours ago, Barx said:

In my eyes, prevention is better than cure.....

 

Just stop washing the van. That's the theory I use and there is no sap on my van.

that's how I ended up with the problem....apart from parking under the ruddy trees. 

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kerching

Angle Grinder?

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binky

so to re-cap I need an angle grinder with a wire brush, JIF and psoh bug remover, then if I finish off with an industrial tub of Lurpak, soak cats in turps then the  cats rough tongues will do the rest. Sorted :^O

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Sharpend
13 minutes ago, binky said:

so to re-cap I need an angle grinder with a wire brush, JIF and psoh bug remover, then if I finish off with an industrial tub of Lurpak, soak cats in turps then the  cats rough tongues will do the rest. Sorted :^O

 

Has deke sent you a private message with instructions !!!! :shakehead i think you were meant to pm him back not post on forum :slap

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Blue Duck
22 minutes ago, binky said:

so to re-cap I need an angle grinder with a wire brush, JIF and psoh bug remover, then if I finish off with an industrial tub of Lurpak, soak cats in turps then the  cats rough tongues will do the rest. Sorted :^O

 

Sounds about right! :slap

 

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binky

can of Dulux emulsion might be easier :^O

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kerching

Late 70s  I sprayed my mates car with crown Gloss after priming it with Zinc Chromate

 

 

the finish was not as good as anticipated

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binky

according to a fella I worked with Woolworths gloss and a roller was the ticket.

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binky

OK, had a spare hour today, so whipped roof bars off and took van to one of those big car wash machines -  has removed quite a bit of the loose dirt, but no banana.

 

Not sure what to try next, but I have a pack of Anchor to hand...

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Sharpend

Have it any Brasso? Very good for sticky residues.  

I would suggest smooth peanut butter but then remembered that's for bringing the black plastic trims back to new!!!

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binky

not had Brasso for years. I do have a bottle of PVC window frame cleaner that might do the job - basically it's a fine abrasive. I also think I have a tube of White T-cut stuff I've used to clean up old vans before. But I am intirgued by butter, it kind of makes sense, something that gently softens the tree sap and doesn't evaporate quickly. Think we might need warmer weather though.

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