How to remove pine pitch/ pine tar from almost anything

Pine pitch/ pine tar is very difficult to remove from your hands, cloths and most of all, the paint on your car. I will show you how to remove pine pitch/ pine tar from almost anything with ease, and with a very common product you can find almost everywhere you go today.

This product is so common in today's world that you probably carry it around with you every day. You can find this product in airports, grocery stores, public restrooms, restaurants, child daycare centers and most schools, I could go on forever but I think you get the point.

Removing pine pitch/ pine tar has always been a nuisance, it takes days for it to wear off your skin, it never comes out of your cloths in the regular wash, and you will probably end up ruining the paint on your car trying to scrub it off.

If it's on your cars paint, no worries, once I describe to you how easy it is to remove the pine pitch/ pine tar, try to avoid parking under any trees, all trees drip pitch/ tar, it's just some pitch/ tars are worst than others.

You probably didn't realize you carry around with you pine pitch/ pine tar remover with you every day, in your purse, ( if you carry one ) in your glove box of your car or you may even clip it to your kids backpack or your belt loop on your paints, depending on how germ a phobic you are. If you guessed this product is hand sanitizer your correct.

Hand sanitizer will remove pine pitch/ pine tar from almost anything, including the paint on your car. Just be sure you try it on the surface in a small area that's not noticeable before you go to town on whatever it is your cleaning.

Alcohol is the chemical ingredient that breaks down and removes the pine pitch/ pine tar. If you're using it on the paint of your car, just rub lightly and slowly so it is removed without ruining your paint, the alcohol won't harm the paint but the dirt in the cloth you're using might scratch the paint. You may have to wax the area again because alcohol will remove the wax that was once applied to your paint.

If you're in a tight spot and you don't happen to have hand sanitizer on you, but you have some eye glass cleaner wipes, these will work just as good. There is not much alcohol in the little towels , so you may need a few.

I also have installed many automotive accessories that use two sided tape like, body side moldings, door edge guards, bumper protectors and rear spoilers. Before you install these items onto your paint, the manufacturer will have you wipe all wax and dirt from the area that you will be installing your accessories on, the manufacturer will supply alcohol wipes in the installation kit. This is the reason I know alcohol is safe to use on automotive paint.

I have removed pine pitch/ pine tar with hand sanitizer from my own cars paint, car interior, skin, cloths, hardwood floors, footwear and hair, we hike a lot with the kids and they have a knack for getting it everywhere, like on the seat of their pants, and you can guess what it gets on after that.

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moonfairy 5 years ago

I just discovered that my car is loaded with globs of sap when I gave it a thorough cleaning last weekend. I tried goo-gone to no thanks for the great advice...I'll try it!

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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

It really works moonfairy! keeping those little towel packages for cleaning your glasses in your glove box is a good way to remove sap from your hands as well, anything with an alcohol base. Glad I could help :)

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Absolutely cool and nifty tip for that sap/tar mess. Thanks for sharing this great helpful info!

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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey frogyfish, You hoppin hub today? Thanks!!! My mom actually call me one day to tell me she used purll hand sanitize on her hands to remove the pine sap after working in her yard, lol! Too funny :)

abuzz 4 years ago

I am SO glad that I found this article!! It worked great!!

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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey abuzz,

That's great, I'm glad I could help :) It's amazing, we all carry around with us that little bottle of hand sanitizer and we have no idea it works on pine sap/tar. I do a lot of hiking, and when we get back back to the car, we can clean off all the sticky stuff easily. Thanks for the comment, take care.

Staci 4 years ago

I appreciate your info, however you wrote an essay talking about the "product" before you got to the point. Please eliminate some of the chit chat ok? And also, in order to look like a literate blogger, please correct your grammar. You are = you're! Not YOUR as you have it everywhere on this post. Thanks for the tip. Just needs a little writing polish to make it more efficient???

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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Staci, Thanks for the tips on my grammar issues, I'm a mechanic by trade not a writer, I only write to help people with problems they need answers to. I will work on fixing the the article errors asap. Do you know where I can buy some of that writing polish? Most of my other articles probably need it as well :) Glad I could help, take care.

Vera Blake 4 years ago

Eddie - Your write-up is well done - I voted! I am "pinning" this on my Pinterest site to boot! Thank you for saving my L. L. Bean nylon winter coat! :)

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eddiecarrara 4 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Vera, that's awesome :) Glad I could help, thank you for sharing and voting, I really appreciate it!

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I wish I had seen this over a year ago! I used to have a car that was parked under a pine tree all of the time, and it had plenty of pine pitch on it. It's not a problem anymore, because that same tree fell on my Eclipse during a storm last year!

I will keep this useful information in mind. Voted up!

~ Kathryn

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eddiecarrara 3 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kathryn,

I think I would have rather the pine pitch falling on my car than the whole tree, lol . Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

Mariana Takacs 2 years ago

It worked! I had a big pine tar on my hardwood floor because I forgot to put a towel under my Christmas tree. Thank you so much!

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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Mariana, that's fantastic, glad I could help. Good thing you didn't put your tree on a carpeted floor, Yikes!! :) Thanks for the feedback Mariana, I really appreciate it.

Missy 13 months ago

I sat on a bench under a pine tree--big mistake!! How do I get it off my rayon/spandex skirt?? I will try the sanitizer. Any other suggestions?? Thanks!

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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Rubbing alcohol is the best remover Missy. Let me know how you make out, thanks :)

Bonnie Miller 10 months ago

Thank you so much....the hand sanitizer worked perfectly! Apparently the pine tar must've been on for a while and was very dried on. I was afraid that anything I might use would take the clear coat off my car. Goo Gone didn't even begin to cut it, but the hand sanitizer worked within seconds with very minimal rubbing. The finish is still perfect!

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eddiecarrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Bonnie that's great!

You can also use rubbing alcohol, but in a pinch the hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol so it works just as good. I'm glad you found my article :) and thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

David 9 months ago

will try this hope it works . thank you

David 9 months ago

Thehand sanitizer worked great let sit about 15 minutes came right off hardwood with a dish scrubber

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eddiecarrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey David, it's amazing what hand sanitizer can do lol. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it :)

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