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How can I get Pine tree pitch off shoes?

Discussion in 'Forestry and Logging Forum' started by Billy_Bob, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob AboristSite Guru

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    I've been cutting up some pine trees the past couple of days and they are oozing pitch by the bucketfull!

    A whole bunch got on the bottom of my shoes (not corks). My shoes are now 1/4" higher due to this gunk stuck to the bottom! A friend told me he uses gasoline...
     
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    try -peanut butter, or soda/pop or rubbing alcohol. all work ok. Rinse well with soap and water.
     
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    butter

    i've used it for sap on my skin and it works great!

    not sure i'd use it on my boots though.
     
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    All of the above or WD40, Mayonaise, or just wear them around and it'll come off eventually. Oh, or the military jungle juice except it eats up plastic.
     
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    pdqdl Not old enough yet to know better

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    Elbow grease works best !

    Any approach using solvents (be it gasoline, alcohol, or even peanut butter) will not be very good for the boots, and will make one heck of a mess. It will probably be more work to dissolve/loosen than it is worth.

    The gunk is probably deeply ground into dust and wood chips. Use a putty knife to scrape the excess, then walk some more dust into it to keep it from being too sticky. If it is too stiff to scrape: get a smaller putty knife and use a heat gun (a hair dryer might work) to soften it up.
    You could probably use some solvent action to get the last stickiness off, but what would be the point ? You're just going to go out and get your boots dirty again, aren't you ?
     
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    A cutting torch!

    Freeze them in a bucket of water and walk till they're dry.
     
  7. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob AboristSite Guru

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    No, 'cause today I'm cutting Cedar! :D
     
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    urhstry ArboristSite Operative

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    I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't of used it at my buddy's house, but get a skin care product called Skin So Soft. Takes pine sap off anything like acetone on ink. Just don't let your buddies see you with a bottle of it in your truck.:buttkick:
     
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    Skin So Soft is sold by Avon...i know this b/c me and my buddy/archery shop owner who shoot outdoor 3-D archery have used it along w/ bug spray to keep them at bay. Doesnt smell the most "manly" but it works for keeping the bugs down...gotta do what ya gotta do:dizzy:
     
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    Goop hand cleaner... does wonders to get pitch off of flip lines and climbing lines too...

    Gary
     
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    urhstry ArboristSite Operative

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    yep, works great keeping bugs away too.
     
  12. Billy_Bob

    Billy_Bob AboristSite Guru

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    I finally used gasoline on my shoes and this "melted" the goo so I could then scrape a lot of it off on the edge of a piece of wood. Then I had the strong (very strong) smell of gas and pine on my shoes!

    For my arms I always use peanut butter (not chunky).
     
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    pitch is a wood product so use paint thinner or turpintine
     
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    I've had really good luck with Lestoil. Works on skin, clothes or whatever.
     

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