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Old 02-06-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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keeping the radiator clean of insects, etc.

I tried to search for threads about this, but did not have success.

I constantly clean my camaro to ensure the front end doesn't have bugs staying on it too long, however, it's a bit more difficult for me to keep the radiator clean once those bugs get wedged in those fins. This would really detract from the car's look during car show season...

So my question is, How do you all keep your radiator looking all nice and shiny? Any tips, tricks? Or just doing what I find myself doing, removing the top shroud every so often to reach down and get those damn things off.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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I think its pretty unavoidable... Maybe you could pressure wash the radiator every once in a while? I've never seen anyone look into the grill to look at the radiator at a show, lol.
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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I think its pretty unavoidable... Maybe you could pressure wash the radiator every once in a while? I've never seen anyone look into the grill to look at the radiator at a show, lol.
if you're running lights in the grill area, it draws attention to it. I do try to pressure wash it every so often, just a necessary evil i suppose
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #4
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Its difficult to remove them because they're also really well baked onto the surface due to the heat as well. All you can really do is hose it down occasionally and hope for the best.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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When I installed the heritage grill and had the front off the car I installed steel mosqito screen behind the front bumper ect in front of the radiator. Catches small rocks and bugs of all sizes =)
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #6
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Its difficult to remove them because they're also really well baked onto the surface due to the heat as well. All you can really do is hose it down occasionally and hope for the best.
Also, when you're spraying water at it; do it from the inside the engine. So spray the back side of it. This will push the bugs and what not out.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #8
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Also, when you're spraying water at it; do it from the inside the engine. So spray the back side of it. This will push the bugs and what not out.
never thought to do that, thanks for the tip
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and if your REALLY into it.....you can go into an electrical supply store/shop and get your self a COIL COMB it is used to both clean and straighten the FINS.

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and if your REALLY into it.....you can go into an electrical supply store/shop and get your self a COIL COMB it is used to both clean and straighten the FINS.

i didn't even know those things existed... lol
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #12
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i didn't even know those things existed... lol
well considering I have been work in industrial maintenace for nearly 30 years.....I've seen a LOT of stuff like that. lol

and you can get one off ebay as well......just use CIOL COMB and you will find one just like the one in that video.....its about $12.
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HA! Thats awesome... I'll have to grab one. Thanks Sir Nuke! I owe you one
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