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Old 03-06-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Sticky residue from trees

Yesterday my car was left for 24 hours close to a tree. When I returned it was covered in birds poo, plus completely covered in a sticky residue from the tree. Leaves were 'stuck' to the car

What was this sticky residue? I thought it would be tree pollen but it came off when I snowfoamed it and pressure washed the car - I thought pollen would be more determined than that!

Any ideas?
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:24 PM   #2
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Pretty sure I read somewhere that the sticky stuff was from aphids (pooh?) rather than the tree itself. Stand to be corrected on this one.
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:46 PM   #3
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Could be a mixture of pollen and sap.
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Old 03-06-2019, 03:40 PM   #4
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Get it off ASAP, I had my old car's paint permanently marked by this stuff last year. Albeit I had a very bad case of it due to parking under trees at work and at home

Not sure if it was the aphids stuff or sap but the car was literally sticky to the touch. Snowfoam was a god-send.
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:00 PM   #5
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It's Honeydew (for that read Aphid crap)

It's harmless(if you have some good protection on the paint) and the first rain shower will see it gone.

My drive is like the freaking Amazon rainforest and I've given up worrying about it. Gave the cars a Collinite coat at Easter and every wash its Dodo Juice Future Armour, or Power Maxed Summer JAcket as a drying aid to replenish it.

If it's too sunny for a sealant, I hit it up with one of the QD's I've got, varying in cost.

No issues with knackering the paint as far as I can see if the HoneyDew is left on there.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:10 PM   #6
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It's Honeydew (for that read Aphid crap)

It's harmless(if you have some good protection on the paint) and the first rain shower will see it gone.
Maybe it's like bird droppings, sometimes it harms the paint sometimes not. Perhaps it just depends on what kind of tree it was that the aphids were chowing down on? Rain definitely did not remove what I had.

I had Autoglym HD Wax on my car when the paint was damaged. I will try and find the photos.

edit: can't find the pics, but basically it looked like hundreds of tiny 1mm transparent raised dots on the car and the damage was like a mild version of bird lime damage. It left the clearcoat feeling slightly rough to the touch even after claying.

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Old 03-06-2019, 08:52 PM   #7
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I would say it was probably tree sap

I done a jaguar F Type in solid black and it was covered in tree sap
BH Autofoam and wash afterwards soon removed 80% of it then followed by a full decontamination and it was completely gone
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:11 AM   #8
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Trees don't spray sap ever, it's aphids and other inverts.
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