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Wow, lovely finish on the car! Can you not just buy a cover to put on when your not using it?
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Wow, lovely finish on the car! Can you not just buy a cover to put on when your not using it?
Its just not practical and besides the sap is back on it before ive even finished cleaning it I litterally dry it and as im Quick Detail Spraying it or applying wax etc its back
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What can you do...hmm...find somewhere else to clean the car? Doesn't seem like there are many options really. My car looks terrible because it gets parked under trees and I just don't have the time to keep it looking tip top. Had it almost a year now, it's swirled and covered in overspray which I can feel, would really like to give it the works before the winter.
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What can you do...hmm...find somewhere else to clean the car? Doesn't seem like there are many options really. My car looks terrible because it gets parked under trees and I just don't have the time to keep it looking tip top. Had it almost a year now, it's swirled and covered in overspray which I can feel, would really like to give it the works before the winter.
The sap really shows up in black and funnily enough feels like overspray!
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I've never seen anything like it. Normally when one thinks of sap one imagines a blob here or there that has dripped off the tree, but in your case it's like a spray of sap. Almost like salt spray when you park near a beach. What kind of fecking tree does that??
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Could you not pull it onto the road mate? Just wash it there? Or put a lot of poison around the trees roots?
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I've never seen anything like it. Normally when one thinks of sap one imagines a blob here or there that has dripped off the tree, but in your case it's like a spray of sap. Almost like salt spray when you park near a beach. What kind of fecking tree does that??
Mate, I havnt got a clue what they are but mine was cut down a few years ago so its not even from close. The nearest tree is 2 doors away and may be seen in the reflections in my pics. The lady who lives there had some guys 'trim' it but they went a bit far lol and she may be getting fined by the council as they have preservation orders. There are stacks of trees right up the street in every garden but my hunch is that the neighbours tree is spewing the sap out of the areas that were butchered. Im no expert mind

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Ive only used it quickly once and didnt 'WIPE DRY' properly as it states but it has given a good finish. I need to do it again. By the time i got to that point i was sick as a chip
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Could you not pull it onto the road mate? Just wash it there? Or put a lot of poison around the trees roots?
Read above chief. Regarding poison thats how we have no tree now The previous owner basically killed it then it got to the point where it was gonna fall in the wind so we had it cut down with permission from the council. It really wierd as sometimes its not evident then others days its relentless. I looked into it abit on google and there was something about insect honeydew.
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Dirty little B*******. Funny thing is it comes off with shampoo or qd no problem so thats not a problem, its just the fact that its all over the car mid detail! When you get out of the car and your arm rubs the paint theres trails off it.



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Not meaning to be funny but are you SURE it's sap? Is it not some sort of airborne polution/industrial fallout/acid rain whatever?
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COLD WATER not warm or hot, COLD. Pre rinse wash as normal and thats it, Simples.

If not convinced try a hose on the glass use a clean mit or sponge and dry

Its a Bug^er though I have to park at work surrounded by tree's so have to wash every day
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The mrs parks the car underneath tree's are work, and sometimes if im late in to work i have to park under a sodding tree, get exactly the same as you get!!! GGGRRRR!!!
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Not meaning to be funny but are you SURE it's sap? Is it not some sort of airborne polution/industrial fallout/acid rain whatever?
Sounds like Lime trees (Tilia) - I sometimes have to park under a group of them and the whole car gets covered in timy blobs like spray. It does wash off easily enough but I wouldn't like to leave it on the paint for too long...

I had to move the car tonight in anticipation of roadworks outside the house in the morning and made sure that I am far away from these trees...
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Not meaning to be funny but are you SURE it's sap? Is it not some sort of airborne polution/industrial fallout/acid rain whatever?
Thanks for the feedback guys but with regards to your question spring did you click my link? Its on about insect honeydew which could be the culprit.
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Yep, that could be it. Check the trees out for infestation.
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Yep, that could be it. Check the trees out for infestation.
I will.....with my jetwash and some bilberry wheel cleaner in my snow foam lance
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Car looks great.

A cheap garden gazebo/awning should solve your sap problem while you clean.

Keeps the sun off the paintwork as well.
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Car looks great.

A cheap garden gazebo/awning should solve your sap problem while you clean.

Keeps the sun off the paintwork as well.
Im toying with the idea mate. Thanks for the input. I think it'll be handy for sun/rain but nowts gona stop the sap or whatever it is. It must be coming from all angles!
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Yes, I use 303 for the interior surfaces and it's great. The 156 facelift has a very rough "elephant hide" material on the dash and door cards and the 303 works beautifully. It is not too shiny.

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Yes, I use 303 for the interior surfaces and it's great. The 526 facelift has a very rough "elephant hide" material on the dash and door cards and the 303 works beautifully. It is not too shiny.
I gave it another go on sunday and it looks lovely! Wingmirror arms, roof trims and lower rear bumper all done. I havnt tried it inside yet but im impressed.
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