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    sap and tree straps

    when i ws out back packing this weekend on the last day i noticed that both of my tree straps were covered in sap. Are there any fool proof methods of removing sap from webbing?

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    Yeah, that's why I avoid hanging from conifers at all costs. Try wiping your straps with a rag soaked with mineral spirits. That should cut the sap. The mineral spirits on your straps will evaporate and you'll be good to go. Good luck!
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    I'm intersted in this as well. I've never done it but I would first try rinsing with hot water after rubbing in some GoJo real good. Also like above mentioned, don't hang from conifers.

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    All I have is pine. I use one of those orange-based cleaners and it cleans it right up. My tarp is covered at the moment.
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    When you live in an area populated almost exclusively by conferious forests (ie the evergreen state) it's unavoidable to hang from them. If they're big globs put them in the freezer for a couple hours. When its good and frozen you can just pick it off. For little ground in spots you can use basically any vegetable oil, Orange oil works great too and won't cause a smelly mess or neurological damage . Think of it as gum, oils melt it.
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    Turpentine is a good (tho somewhat stinky) sap remover.

    Orange/citrus oil cleaner is a less smelly choice. I have some that I normally use to remove wax from cross-country skis.
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    Yeah, I get lucky now and again and find a patch of Aspens to hang from, but pines are the staple tree out here; very sticky. I've been using this stuff recently and really like it. Just spray and wipe, couldn't be easier.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas. I think ill try cannibals idea first but n the futur ill try not to hang from pines

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    Lots of junipers, cedar, and pine in TX too. Orange oil works good...

    Anyone try Scotchguard as a preventative?
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    My backyard spruce trees are covered in sap...a really easy way that is non-toxic, use margarine, rub it into the sappy spots well and wash the straps with regular sunlight dishsoap after. Takes it right out, no chemicals.

    Cheers

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