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Re: [Hammock Camping] How to remove tree sap from tarp?

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  • Shane Steinkamp
    ... Assuming pine sap, the answer is...nothing. Anything that will dissolve the pine tree sap will dissolve the silicone on a sil-nylon tarp. You can remove
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 9, 2006
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      > What do you recommend doing to remove tree sap from a nylon tarp?

      Assuming pine sap, the answer is...nothing.

      Anything that will dissolve the pine tree sap will dissolve the silicone on
      a sil-nylon tarp.

      You can remove tree sap from UNCOATED nylon with straight acetone. Acetone
      will not hurt nylon.

      If you must remove the tree sap from coated nylon, use acetone. This will
      strip the silicone off the nylon. Don't use too much, and be careful.

      Then, where you have stripped the silicone off the nylon, take a small dab
      of clear silicone and apply it to a putty knife and scrape the silicone into
      the nylon. Use a perfectly flat and smooth surface under the nylon - like a
      piece of glass.

      You will wind up with a patch that will be slightly less flexible than the
      tarp itself, but that's OK for some folks. I do patch jobs this way and it
      works fine and lasts a long time.

      If the sap is a sugar tree sap - like maple or oak - you can remove the sap
      with regular soap and some careful cleaning.

      Hope that helps.

      Shane
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