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    Pine tar on suspension

    I know this was addressed before, but I can't seem to find it with a search. I just returned from a great New Mexico hiking trip and got pine sap on my suspension (tree huggers and whoopie slings), what's a safe way to remove it?
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    Leigh

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    Any time you hang from connifer type trees it is pretty much a given they will get sap on them. I have come to the conclusion that I will use tree hugger straps connected to my whoopie slings with whatever method suits your fancy. Then I can simply put the straps in their own little stuff bag and not worry about cleaning sap off every time I hang. Keeping them seperate also prevents the sap from getting on the hammock, tarp, etc.

    Having said all that, I too would like to know what everyone uses to clean the sap off the tarp, hammock, rest of the suspension, etc., as you WILL get some on there, despite your best efforts.

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    pine pitch remover

    Try using denatured alcohol and a couple of drops of laundry detergent.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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    Good ol' isopropyl alcohol works great for me. I got the idea when I saw the guys at the Christmas tree farms using it to clean up. It dissolves the sap and then quickly evaporates. I then rinse off the straps with water and wipe them down with a baby wipe and let fully dry for long term storage

    Salty

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    Any kind of neat alcohol works, but denatured is best.

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    Turpentine works, too.
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    Good old butter works. I work with trees and get sap on me and my gear all the time. I don't want to put toxic fuels on my skin or safety gear every day. I just use butter. It disolves the sap and then just washes out. Your straps will be clean and not sticky.

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    I actually used my denatured alcohol to get the sap off me LOL, but wasn't sure about using it on the straps, thanks! And yes it got on my continuous ridgeline on my tarp as well....as for butter, I'm trying to get away from the thoughts of becoming a bear taco, not add more temptation LOL
    leigh

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