How to Remove Sap From Metal

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Things You'll Need

  • Mineral spirits

  • Rags

  • Soap

  • Nail polish remover

  • Cotton balls

  • Lard or bacon grease

  • Rubbing alcohol

Tree sap can be difficult to remove from metal objects with just soap and water.

Tree sap can be difficult to remove from your hands as well as other objects. Metal items that are placed outdoors next to trees can often be spattered with dripping tree sap. Even on a smooth surface, tree sap is very stubborn and may not come off with plain soap and water. Tree sap on the metal parts of your car can be taken care of in the same manner as these metal items. Eliminate tree sap splatters from metal items with a few simple household products.

Step 1

Dampen a rag with mineral spirits and rub the affected area until the sap is removed. Wash the item with soap and water after the sap is removed to get rid of any remnants of the mineral spirits.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball with nail polish remover and gently rub the hardened sap until it is removed. Wash the metal surface with soap and water.

Step 3

Scrub the metal with lard or bacon grease to remove tree sap. Wash away the grease with soap and water once the sap is gone.

Step 4

Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the sap-splattered area until all of the sap is dissolved. Wash the metal object with soap and water.


Elizabeth Chaplin

Elizabeth Chaplin has been writing professionally since 2005 and has published articles with various websites. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration and works as a graphic designer. Her experience also includes crafting, interior design and photography. Chaplin also created a natural beauty business in 2011, hand-making and selling organic, cruelty-free products for hair, skin and face.