How to remove tree pitch safely?

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Illinois
I'd try one of the "Bug and Tar Removers" first. It's designed not to damage paint or clearcoat. Maybe some WD-40 on a micro-fiber cloth? Either way, I'd follow it up with a good wash and a quick coat of wax when you're done.
 
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Denatured alcohol is the solvent in your bug and sap removing products. If you have a can of lacquer thinner around DO NOT USE IT except to Q-tip it directly on the sap itself. Lacquer thinner will eat paint. Kira
 
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CA
A good sacrificial layer of wax so it doesnt stick as much in the first place. But after those treatments you can aldo have at it with a claybsr
 
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Gulf Coast, MS
Might be over kill but I always use a little paint rubbing compound. I typically wax my cars often which makes it a lot easier to remove tree sap (in my experience).
 
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CA
Isopropyl Alcohol would be my first step, followed by a solvent such as Tarminator. FWIW, I've also removed tree sap using ONR diluted to the wash solution level.
 
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