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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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