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  Removing pine pitch from thermoform
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-17-13 3:16 PM (EST)
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I tried automotive bug and tar remover and it didn't work. Any other ideas?

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  Rubbing alcohol
  Posted by: sissy103 on Aug-17-13 3:57 PM (EST)
I used alcohol to remove cypress tree sap from my Hurricane Phoenix, and recently I got some kind of sticky sap on my Skimmer and alcohol took that off, too, without damaging the thermoform.
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-17-13 4:43 PM (EST)
Did it dull the finish?

Do you have to let the alcohol sit on the spot for awhile, or just wipe it off?
  I just put some alcohol
  Posted by: sissy103 on Aug-17-13 6:10 PM (EST)
on a cloth and rubbed the sap off, then wiped off with water. Didn't dull the finish. I believe it's what Eddyline and Hurricane both suggest for removing scuff marks.

I've used GooGone on my fiberglass paddle blades with no ill effects.
Try it in a small inconspicuous spot first and see what you think.
  It worked perfectly! Thanks!
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-17-13 9:29 PM (EST)
Wow, that was easy. I finished it off with 303.
  Posted by: JackL on Aug-17-13 4:11 PM (EST)
Jack L
  Acetone or Goo Gone.
  Posted by: string on Aug-17-13 5:27 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-17-13 5:28 PM EST --

Put a paper towel on the spot and soak it. Let it sit for awhile and rub.Try a test spot first.I have used the combination on plastic and FG with no issues.

  Posted by: jhb8426 on Aug-18-13 11:59 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-19-13 12:04 AM EST --

I've found that it softens gelcoat and resin as well as quite a few plastics.

  Posted by: falcon on Aug-19-13 12:12 PM (EST)
Don't use acetone on thermoformed boats.
  Acetone not necessary
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-19-13 6:47 PM (EST)
I don't think acetone is necessary. Alcohol dissolved the pitch in seconds with moderate rubbing with a rag. It didn't seem to affect the finish much, the finish was easily restored with 303.
  Apparently I have been wrong for
  Posted by: string on Aug-19-13 11:15 PM (EST)
the 1st time this year. Acetone worked for me on glass and poly but Goo-Gone was better.
  Scrape it off with a razor blade
  Posted by: yakfisher on Aug-17-13 6:38 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-17-13 6:41 PM EST --

VERY CAREFULLY!!! When I was a teen I worked in a detail shop at a car dealership and that is how we removed pine sap from cars. Bug and tar remover will work if it is still soft, but if it has sat out in the sun and gotten baked on nothing I have found will soften it up.

  Another question: yellowed cockpit
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-17-13 9:30 PM (EST)
Is there any way to whiten a yellowed cockpit? (I'm restoring a thermoformed kayak.)
  Posted by: fatelmo on Aug-19-13 12:19 PM (EST)
  Posted by: WaterBird on Aug-19-13 6:45 PM (EST)
Isn't that a bit abrasive? I mean, really abrasive?
  No it isn't.
  Posted by: fatelmo on Aug-19-13 8:16 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Aug-19-13 8:17 PM EST --

Dat little chick says so. Try it, youz'all like it.


  Posted by: gnatcatcher on Aug-19-13 8:29 PM (EST)
Bon Ami is actually very gentle; I just used it today to take some tarnish off a silver necklace and I've used it on my flat top stove. As always, try it in a inconspicuous place first.
  Posted by: slushpaddler on Aug-20-13 8:58 AM (EST)
  Use WD40
  Posted by: kayaker2010 on Aug-19-13 12:30 PM (EST)
Try WD40 to get rid of the pine pitch.
  WD-40 or Goof OFF
  Posted by: QCHiker on Aug-23-13 1:04 PM (EST)
Both WD-40 and Goof Off will take off pine sap. I use it on packs, tents, etc and have had no problems.


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