Tree Sap Beads On Seat.

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Parked my gal under a maple tree a couple months ago, and I guess it was the time of year that they secrete little tiny beads of sap because she was covered in them at the end of the day. It all came off the metal and plastic parts fairly easy but I can't get them off the seat. So far I've used proper soap(vs chemical detergents) and a couple test areas with denatured alcohol to no avail. I've been recommended WD-40 and "Goof-Off"/"Goo Gone" as well.

Anyone have any experience with this?


Beads are about 1mm in diameter….
 

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I'm pretty safe in saying that this has never come up before so I have no answer.
If it's tree sap you would think that a rag dipped in fairly hot water and placed on an area to soak for a while, and repeated as necessary, would eventually soften the sap.
 

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I'd use very hot water, let a hot towel soak. If that does not remove it all goo-gone should remove what remains without a stain. WD40 may discolor the seat. I'd also try Armor-all cleaner or another vinyl/leather cleaner.
 

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All the water I've used in my attempts so far has been hot. Doesn't seem to make a difference.
 

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If you can get it Tea Tree Oil will probably work, but I would definitely try it out on an unseen part of the seat in case it stains.
 

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That's the problem with this type of mess, you don't want to harm the seat cover by staining or stretching the material.
I don't know where you are, but if there is an upholstery shop or car seat cover shop in your area - anyone who deals with upholstery materials - try them for advice.
I hope something works for you.
 
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That's the problem with this type of mess, you don't want to harm the seat cover by staining or stretching the material.
I don't know where you are, but if there is an upholstery shop or car seat cover shop in your area - anyone who deals with upholstery materials - try them for advice.
I hope something works for you.

Yeah, I was thinking that'd be a wise way to go.
 

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Parked my gal under a maple tree a couple months ago, and I guess it was the time of year that they secrete little tiny beads of sap because she was covered in them at the end of the day. It all came off the metal and plastic parts fairly easy but I can't get them off the seat. So far I've used proper soap(vs chemical detergents) and a couple test areas with denatured alcohol to no avail. I've been recommended WD-40 and "Goof-Off"/"Goo Gone" as well.

Anyone have any experience with this?


Beads are about 1mm in diameter….
If it was a coniferous tree, a little bit of pure turpentine will take it off.
 

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