How to Remove Tree Sap From Pop-Up Campers Plastic Window

Tree sap contains nutrients and minerals and flows through the length of a tree. As pressure from heat builds within the tree, the sap oozes from cracks or crevices in the tree bark. When sap drips onto a surface, such as a plastic window on a pop-up camper, it sticks like glue, making it difficult to clean. The sap requires softening to remove it without damaging the plastic window.

Mineral Spirits

Remove tree sap with mineral spirits.

Wipe dirt and dust from the plastic window with a damp rag.

Pour 1/8 of a cup of mineral spirits onto a clean rag. Wipe the mineral spirits over the tree sap on the plastic window. Allow the mineral spirits 30 minutes to soften the tree sap.

Wipe the softened tree sap from the plastic window with a damp rag.

Mix 1 tsp. of mild dish soap with warm water in a bucket. Wash the mineral spirits from the window with the soapy mixture and a sponge.

Rinse the window with cool, clean water and dry with a lint-free towel.

Nail Polish Remover

Moisten a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Wipe the cotton ball over the tree sap. Use several cotton balls saturated with the nail polish remover, depending on the amount of tree sap on the plastic window. Allow the nail polish remover to remain on the tree sap for 20 minutes.

Wipe the dissolved tree sap from the plastic window with a damp cloth.

Pour white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the plastic window. Wipe the window clean with a damp rag, and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Rags
  • 1/8 cup mineral spirits
  • Cloths
  • 1 tsp. mild dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Lint-free towels
  • Cotton balls
  • Nail polish remover
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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