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Old 04-17-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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Any ideas on removing pine sap from a metal roof? Steam/ hot water wash is the only thing iI can think of that might work, but I kinda doubt it.
Anyone tried this?
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I would recommend Using a heat gun, when it gets liquidy wipe it up. then use turpentine for the remaining residue
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I use just plain rubbing alcohol to get it off my hands (our place is surrounded by fir trees). Should work pretty well for this too.
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I use just plain rubbing alcohol to get it off my hands (our place is surrounded by fir trees). Should work pretty well for this too.
The only catch to that is with a big glop of sap you would be wiping for days. the heat gun melts most of it down. I've always used turpentine but your right I think alcohol would get the residue pretty good too.
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I have cleaned it off aluminum siding with hot water before.
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Any ideas on removing pine sap from a metal roof? Steam/ hot water wash is the only thing iI can think of that might work, but I kinda doubt it.
Anyone tried this?
Having lived under pine trees for 30 years. Getting it all over cars I can say its a herculean effort cleaning it. But I was careful not to use harsh chemicals. Those bug & sap removers don't work. The saps outer layer dries over and is waterproof pretty much overnight. On metal roof or siding you can probably go at it with MEK, lacquer thinner, toluene, naphtha and have an easier time. A lot of these evaporate fast so use a soaked rag and a putty knife.
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Back in the day, after a long day of wood cutting, we'd get it off our hands with a small amount of Crisco.

Although walking up to the customers house with a jug of Crisco under your arm might raise some eyebrows.
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Anyone tried this?
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Goo gone! Or Turtle wax bug & tar remover works well.
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I was wondering if that might work, think I will try it
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http://www.tognar.com/ski-base-clean...-fedex-ground/

This might work, pine tar has been used as a kick wax for wood skis, so the remover should also remove it from the roof.
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