this post might be a little off-topic, but i'm certain someone in this group
knows the answer to my question.
i was was on vacation last week, and i bumped into a spruce tree while
backing my car into a camping driveway (dop!!!!). In addition to the dent on
my car, there's an enormous amount of spruce resin that stuck to my car's
bodywork. the accident happened a week ago, and when i got back home after
my vacation, i noticed that the resin dried out, and is now quite hardened.
is there a product i could use to dissolve the spuce resin and take it off
my car without damaging the paint?
thanks a lot
Since you have a big dent, you will probably have
to have it painted. So you may not need to worry
to much about the paint.
An obvious first choice is butter, the old remedy
for removing sap (the resin) from clothes, hair,
and skin. In this case, warm the butter some and
rub it in. Heating the dried resin, with a hair
dryer or a light bulb close to the surface would
probably be helpful.
An obvious second choice would bug and tar remover
available in all auto parts stores and auto
departments of most any store.
The obvious choice of solvent is turpentine, but
the effects on paint will vary depending on the
paint. You could test it on a hidden part, but in
all likelihood it would not damage your paint.
I subscribe absolutely to the idea of butter.
It is an old and time-proven remover of resin and
tar from hands and whatever.
Why pay 10 times more for less effective chemicals?
(My father swore by _unsalted_ butter. Said it was less
prone to leave discoloration on paints.)
On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 23:56:28 -0400, the opaque "Zed Rafi"
If you don't have any tar remover or WD-40, try some vegetable or
mineral oil. (Yes, what works in your salad works on your car, too!)
Most oils will remove most adhesives and the residues will come off in
the car wash.
And next time, ask the Ranger. Fresh resin is a lot easier to remove.
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vegetable oils & cheese oil work well on a lot of things.
I fixed a roof, and got some of the roof "tar" on my hands. Cleaned up
best I could with mineral spirits & hand cleaner - could not get anymore
Friend offered me some pizza. Went to wipe the pizza grease off my hands
on a paper napkin - most of the rest of the roofing tar came off, too!
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