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woodworkingdrew

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05-05-2014 04:07 PM

Over the weekend I jointed about 30 pieces of con heart redwood. The boards left a huge amount of sap caked on my fence. Any ideas on removal and cleanup? Thanks

-- Andrew, California


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j_dubb

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 04:16 PM

I’ve used goo-gone to get sap off of a vehicle once upon a time and it worked pretty well. Can’t imagine it would yield any ill-effects on a jointer.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 04:20 PM

WD40 is good

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 04:23 PM

Easy – off oven cleaner takes it off saw blades. Make sure you clean and oil well afterwards.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 04:41 PM

I’ve read that wd-40 is good for tree sap and I’m sure most solvents will remove it.

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 04:43 PM

A rag with just a little bit of gasoline will get it off really easy. At least it worked on my car, just about every week, in college.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 04:44 PM

lacquer thinner

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j_dubb

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 04:49 PM

You should probably just acquire everything that’s been recommended in the thread and mix it all together and use whatever concoction that yields…...assuming it doesn’t explode.

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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RandyinFlorida

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 05:45 PM

I remove pine tar from my car with 91% isopropal alcahol. Works great, doesn’t affect the finish. Do rewax when I use it.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 06:13 PM

Scrape it with a putty knife, then use mineral spirits or acetone.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 05-05-2014 11:04 PM

I second the Easy-Off oven cleaner. Works on saw blades like a charm!

Planeman

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#11 posted 05-06-2014 12:24 AM

Acetone, lacquer thinner, alcohol and easy-off might dissolve paint on any painted surfaces if it runs down the sides of the machine or such. Paint thinner (mineral spirits) is safer to use in that regard, and works really well to remove sap. I’ve heard about using WD-40 to remove sap and that too would be safe on the painted surfaces, though I’m not sure how quickly it would dissolve the sap. Pine-Sol straight from the bottle also works well, and smells sooooo nice! :)

Waxing the surfaces after you’ve got them clean will help a great deal in preventing sap from sticking to them in the future.

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#12 posted 05-06-2014 12:39 AM

oxy acetylene torch

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