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Old 06-09-2012, 07:36 AM   #1
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Engine Bay cleaning

Anyone have any good ideas on cleaning the engine bay without using high pressure water and having water spots once it dries?

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Old 06-09-2012, 07:54 AM   #2
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I never wet nineties clean, but when I clean my hhr's or my wife's cars engine compartment I do you only a hose... no high pressure. I follow this with drying it with my leaf blower. That gets almost all the water off.
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I use a pressure washer with soap, followed by the spotless rinse. Comes out perfect every time. Just keep the spray away from the hood liner, as those tend to stain.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:06 AM   #4
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I have a lot of aftermarket electronics in my engine bay and wouldn't want to chance it with water. Any other solutions?
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I have a lot of aftermarket electronics in my engine bay and wouldn't want to chance it with water. Any other solutions?
Plastic bag would be my guess
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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Thats an option. Does anyone know of a type of spray clean of some sort for the tough to reach area's without having to use water?
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:19 AM   #7
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Thats an option. Does anyone know of a type of spray clean of some sort for the tough to reach area's without having to use water?
What about using some type of detail spray for that?

Hey 7 I see you're from So ILL. Where about in So ILL?

I'm from central ILL and both my fiance and I went to school at SIUC. We're back up that way quite often.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:21 AM   #8
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I went to school at SIUC as well... great school. I live in the Benton/West Frankfort area south of Marion
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I went to school at SIUC as well... great school. I live in the Benton/West Frankfort area south of Marion
Nice, man. Yeah we both loved it. My fiance went to high school in Vienna and her parents still live around there. So we like to be up around there quite a bit.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #10
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Well the next time your around come see us at the I57 dragstrip. Beautiful car btw!
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I went to school at SIUC as well... great school. I live in the Benton/West Frankfort area south of Marion
Oh yeah....isn't this area North of Marion?
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Well the next time your around come see us at the I57 dragstrip. Beautiful car btw!
Thanks, man. Yeah I'll have to do that.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:22 AM   #13
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A couple things about detailing an engine.

What you need
  • Degreaser
  • Brushes and old towels (used microfibers are great)
  • Nitrile or Latex Gloves
  • Running Water
  • Engine Dressing
  • Plastic Baggies/Aluminum Foil

What makes it easier
  • A MasterBlaster/Blower


Here is the thing. Washing/Detailing an engine does represent some risk.

Overview:
  1. Start by warming the engine up slightly (not hot).
  2. Use plastic baggies and aluminum foil (it wraps and fits around almost any component) to mask off air filters, intake ducting, electrical components, the alternator, etc. If you are not familiar with these parts then you shouldn't be detailing your engine.
  3. Spray degrease, I recommend Meguiar's Super Degreaser or BLACKFIRE All N One APC, over the engine bay. Allow to dwell for 30 seconds.
  4. Use your rags, mitts, and brushes to clean and agitate areas of heavy grease.
  5. Rinse the engine well, but never aim a direct blast at the engine or electrical components. Instead wash around the engine by blasting the firewall, fenders, extra, until all of the degreaser has been rinsed away.
  6. If you have a leaf blower or Metro-Blaster (recommended) evacuate all standing water from the engine. Use a towel to dry the rest.
  7. Remove baggies and aluminum foil
  8. Close hood and start engine. Allow to run up to operating temp for several minutes to boil off any remaining water.
  9. Open hood and let air dry.
  10. Apply dressing.

For a dressing, I have never used anything that is quite as durable or looks as nice as this: Sonus Trim & Motor Kote. It is an acrylic polymer sealant for trim (vs. an oil based/dust attracting/greasy "dressing"). It is a little unique in application.

Here is a How To thread I posted on this forum, with a review and pictures: Sonus Trim & Motor Kote Review
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:25 AM   #14
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A couple things about detailing an engine.

What you need
  • Degreaser
  • Brushes and old towels (used microfibers are great)
  • Nitrile or Latex Gloves
  • Running Water
  • Engine Dressing
  • Plastic Baggies/Aluminum Foil

What makes it easier
  • A MasterBlaster/Blower


Here is the thing. Washing/Detailing an engine does represent some risk.

Overview:
  1. Start by warming the engine up slightly (not hot).
  2. Use plastic baggies and aluminum foil (it wraps and fits around almost any component) to mask off air filters, intake ducting, electrical components, the alternator, etc. If you are not familiar with these parts then you shouldn't be detailing your engine.
  3. Spray degrease, I recommend Meguiar's Super Degreaser or BLACKFIRE All N One APC, over the engine bay. Allow to dwell for 30 seconds.
  4. Use your rags, mitts, and brushes to clean and agitate areas of heavy grease.
  5. Rinse the engine well, but never aim a direct blast at the engine or electrical components. Instead wash around the engine by blasting the firewall, fenders, extra, until all of the degreaser has been rinsed away.
  6. If you have a leaf blower or Metro-Blaster (recommended) evacuate all standing water from the engine. Use a towel to dry the rest.
  7. Remove baggies and aluminum foil
  8. Close hood and start engine. Allow to run up to operating temp for several minutes to boil off any remaining water.
  9. Open hood and let air dry.
  10. Apply dressing.

For a dressing, I have never used anything that is quite as durable or looks as nice as this: Sonus Trim & Motor Kote. It is an acrylic polymer sealant for trim (vs. an oil based/dust attracting/greasy "dressing"). It is a little unique in application.

Here is a How To thread I posted on this forum, with a review and pictures: Sonus Trim & Motor Kote Review
Nice write-up Todd
Thanks
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:28 AM   #15
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Nice write-up Todd
Thanks
My pleasure!
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