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Old 09-25-2015, 02:45 PM   #31
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Cola products as cleaning solutions is one reason I don't drink them.
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:46 PM   #32
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Lol, I'm with you on that one cruzer.
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Old 09-25-2015, 06:25 PM   #33
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we use peanut butter to get sap off horses works pretty well
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Old 09-25-2015, 07:13 PM   #34
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Has anyone had to remove pine pitch from their roof mounted solar panels?
I don't think anyone has shaved with them in years, but single-edge razor blades work well to remove hardened pitch from solar panels. The glass covering of the panel is relatively scratch resistant.

I've been using the little plastic scraper that Alf gives out, to promote Escape, to remove hardened pitch from the trailer's roof. The one I have is nearly worn out. I'm not comfortable using a razor blade on the fiberglass.

Is there anything to be done about bluish/clear spot that is left in the gelcoat after the pitch is removed?
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The spot is organic material, so an oxidizing type cleaner should work. Try something like Oxy-Clean detergent mixed with just enough water to make a paste and let it sit for awhile.
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Old 09-26-2015, 12:51 AM   #36
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rubbing alcohol is what I use to remove pitch from things (hands, clothes, etc). Can't see it would harm the solar panel.
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Old 09-26-2015, 12:39 PM   #37
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Turpentine. It's made from the resin.
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Old 09-26-2015, 01:45 PM   #38
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Turpentine. It's made from the resin.
Good thought, but can you even still buy turpentine?
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Good thought, but can you even still buy turpentine?

Absolutely. It's the only solvent that works for many applications. Considering all the pine forests in Canada, I would assume they've plenty of resin to make it, and it's readily available at any paint store.

Back when I used to work for a paint company, we sold turpentine by the 5 gallon can - to mix with graphite and linseed oil as a preservative for shake roofs.
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I just remember dad having it around all the time, but I never see it anymore, even at paint stores, but to be fair, I wasn't looking for it either.
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