Get Sap Off Your Car's Windshield With Nail Polish Remover

Parking under a tree may give you some shade, but it can also cause quite a mess on your windshield and windows. If you can't get that sap off with a rag and some water, try nail polish remover instead.

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Nail polish remover is great for all sorts of things (after all, it's a pretty strong chemical), so if you don't want to go all the way to the auto shop just to clean up your windshield, try taking some acetone nail polish to it first. Don't try this on your car's body, though, as the acetone can take the paint off your finish. In that case, you may have to suck it up and get some bug and tar remover, but if it's just a case of some messy glass, nail polish remover will do the trick in a pinch.

LPT: Use Nail Polish Remover to Remove Another Car's Paint and Tree Sap Off of Your Car [Reddit]


    I use tea tree oil instead and it's OK for using on the enamel too as long as you wash with water afterwards.

    One time my sister's car had some serious sap on the roof. We got it off with Gumption and a scourer. Worked pretty well.

    I have found pure metho works so much better than nail polish remover. You can pick up 1LT for about $5 at the junk shop.

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