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Old 06-06-2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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Quick question...

How do you all keep it clean under the hood?
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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damp rag every time I wash.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:15 AM   #3
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It won't leave smudges?
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:15 AM   #4
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Just like the outside, you wash it. Takes a little more time because you have to cover things that don't like the H20 but yeah.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:17 AM   #5
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What exactly would i need to cover? Sorry ive never washed under the hood.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:17 AM   #6
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damp rag every time I wash.
+1

Sometimes I use a little detail spray and a microfiber towel. Most times, I use my "non-paint" shammy to wipe things down. (I use one shammy for painted surfaces, and the other for pipes, valance, wheel wells, etc.)
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What exactly would i need to cover? Sorry ive never washed under the hood.
You can power wash everything under the hood, no cover necessary. It's all designed to be waterproof.

The hoodliner can stain, so I would not wash that.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #8
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You can power wash everything under the hood, no cover necessary. It's all designed to be waterproof.

The hoodliner can stain, so I would not wash that.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:20 PM   #9
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You can power wash everything under the hood, no cover necessary. It's all designed to be waterproof.

The hoodliner can stain, so I would not wash that.
That's a risky statement. If you're completely bone stock, you can probably get away with that. But if you have an open air CAI, obviously cover that. It's good practice to cover the fuse box and alternator as well.

I never recommend power washing under a hood. You should never need more than a gentle spray of water.
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That's a risky statement. If you're completely bone stock, you can probably get away with that. But if you have an open air CAI, obviously cover that. It's good practice to cover the fuse box and alternator as well.

I never recommend power washing under a hood. You should never need more than a gentle spray of water.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:50 PM   #11
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That's a risky statement. If you're completely bone stock, you can probably get away with that. But if you have an open air CAI, obviously cover that. It's good practice to cover the fuse box and alternator as well.

I never recommend power washing under a hood. You should never need more than a gentle spray of water.


For the mostpart modern factory wiring harnesses and things are water tight, but that doesn't mean water can't be forced in there with pressure.

Any washing should be done with a low pressure, broad fan setting.
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I mist the whole bay with a diluted 1:1 Lowes citrus dergreaser - I cover nothing, but I MIST.

wait 15 min and MIST again with either rinseless or water (hose)

dry and spray with Wolfgang Vinyl and Rubber sealant...Here's my "13 accord engine bay after a detail. Look at the radiator hose...nice and clean, not shiny..
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Ugh speaking of this. Washed the car today, saw a guy with a high pressure hose at the spray and pay drown the engine and that's not even the worst part. He left the engine running while doing this for a solid 5 minutes - 10 minutes.
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Thanks alot guys!
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #15
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damp rag every time I wash.
+1 Picks up the loose dust nicely and there will be some moisture here and there that helps mop up the dirt up
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #16
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A set of detailing brushes will go a long way as well. Meguiars has a 2 pack for $4.
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