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Old 08-03-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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Under Hood Detailing?

Didn't find a thread discussing detailing under the hood. I have heard two separate schools of thought regarding cleaning under the hood.

Most I have talked to say never use a pressure spray to clean the engine compartment at risk of damaging electrical components and inadvertantly introducing moisture in places water can cause serious problems.

But, I have also seen service companies that provide engine compartment cleaning with steam pressure washing. Used to know a company that hired a regular service to do this with fleet vehicles.

How do you keep that nasty every day dust out from under the hood?
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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I just use a damp soft towel.I try to never let it get bad,so it's not a big chore .
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:56 AM   #3
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I use a water hose and wash like the rest of the car. I then follow up with a leave blower to get the majority of the water out and finish with towel.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:00 AM   #4
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I just use a damp soft towel.I try to never let it get bad,so it's not a big chore .


I'm with Nexus6.

I grab a bunch of MF rags, some polish, a few cleaners, and get the hands dirty.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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I'm with Nexus6.

I grab a bunch of MF rags, some polish, a few cleaners, and get the hands dirty.
I like it!!! OLDSCHOOL!!!
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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You can check over at the Meguiar's forum, but several are using Hyper Dressing or All Season Dressing on the engine compartment. They also recommend other products as well and have a bunch of before/after photos.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:49 PM   #7
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I'm with Nexus6.

I grab a bunch of MF rags, some polish, a few cleaners, and get the hands dirty.
Agree, Stay on top of it and it wont be anything a good damp towel cant fix after a good wash
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:10 PM   #8
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Agree, Stay on top of it and it wont be anything a good damp towel cant fix after a good wash
Exactly!
Putting any kind of cleaner or dressing under the hood just causes problems.
Elbow grease dosen't collect dust!
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:21 PM   #9
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A little water always seems to get under the hood when washing. After each wash I use two or three terrycloth towels to dry off the exterior. I use the last slightly damp towel to go around all the door jambs, the open trunk lid, the hood and then everything I can reach in the engine compartment.

Since I do that every time I wash, I only feel the need to gently splash a little water under the hood with a hose once every year or two and then, as usual, dry off everything I can reach. I've kept engines looking showroom new for years using that method. No dressings and no special cleaners required.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:19 PM   #10
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Try some CD2 after you clean the engine area.
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Old 08-18-2009, 12:58 PM   #11
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Yes CD2 is the best you can use. Works awesome.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #12
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Motorcycle cleaning products like Honda Bright work well. They are intended to clean metal and plastic including the exposed motorcycle engine without leaving heavy "slime". Spray on and gentle hose off.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:27 PM   #13
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I just cleaned under the '02s hood after like two years and I used a can of SuperTech engine degreaser then went to the car wash and sprayed it off and it looked brand new. Didn't hurt anything. Don't let the engine get hot if you do that, might warp something cooling it off that fast.

But yeah, with this car, I'll just use damp cloths and such until I drive in a dirt sand storm, then I'll just hit it up like I did the '02.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:15 AM   #15
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I'm with Nexus6.

I grab a bunch of MF rags, some polish, a few cleaners, and get the hands dirty.
I agree with Moose too, but if it does get dirty, I have used S100 on a couple engines(only when cool). Just spray on, wipe or gently hose off to get rid of grime. It's designed for entire motorcycles/exposed engines and can be found at most motorcycle shops.
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Yes CD2 is the best you can use. Works awesome.
Who makes CD2? Sorry haven't heard of it, but always willing to try something new.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:30 AM   #17
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For PROFESSIONAL help go to www.autoeducation.com and type in washing the engine in the Search window, you'll find everything you need to know.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:53 AM   #18
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GOING TO SOUND CRAZY I HAVE BEEN USING SPRAY TIRE FOAM JUST SPRAY ON LET SET AND WASH REST OFF LOOKS LIKE NEW AGAIN
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:19 PM   #19
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Back in time on my 86 I used engine shine.It looked good for a while then it started to discolor crack an peel I didn't think I would ever get that crap off.From then on it was a damp cloth to clean then a cloth dampend with tire shine on. That looked very nice.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:27 PM   #20
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I have used degreaser and a nozzled water hose to wash under the hood of my mustang gt. I always covered the alternator, air filter (exposed K&N CAI) and any other obvious electrical components with plastic bags to prevent too much water damage. Still, each time I did it (only a couple of times), my car would run terrible afterward (missing and running on fewer than all cylinders). For this reason, I would definitely not recommend using this method, and rather would use some rags and degreaser followed up with some protectant such as Armor All to give all the plastic a nice shine.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:56 PM   #21
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Yes CD2 is the best you can use. Works awesome.
Yes to CD2. I have used it on my last 5 vechiles. You clean your engine, then dry it. Spray on the CD2. Let It dry not not attact dust or dirt. I do my engine clean and sprayin around 630 PM so its nice and dry for the drive.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #22
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Bump for CD2. I'm hoping next weekend when I install my parts, I'll do a before and after since there are no pix on here.
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I use a degreaser like an APC to clean grime in the engine area. Then I lightly apply a stream of water to clean it out. Follow by an electric leaf blower to get water out of crevices and buff dry with a MF towel. Turn the car on for a few minutes, let it cool for thirty and then apply carpro PERL to make all the plastics pop!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:25 PM   #25
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I've been using what all our Motorcycle friends have know and trusted for years.....S100 cleaner. They also make a spray on shine that works amazing. S100 is very simple to use, spray and hose off a cold engine. Then, I also use my Stihl blower and hand wipe the rest. I've done this for years without any motor or electrical issues.

S100.....great stuff!
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