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Engine Bay Cleaning. Hot or Cold?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Kelson, Sep 8, 2011.

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Engine Bay Cleaning

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  1. Feb 1, 2013 at 3:10 AM
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    gman2530

    gman2530 Well-Known Member

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    Hello, Can you please tell me what brand of plastic protectant you use?
    From Wallyworld? Also after spraying Zep off, do you just spray the plastic protectant on everything????
    Thank you..
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  2. Feb 2, 2013 at 3:34 PM
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    alwaysat8k

    alwaysat8k My truck is slow

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    I use the store brand cheap plastic protectant to save money. Any kind will work. Spray it on the plastic parts, hoses, etc. obviously spraying protectant on something like the headers will just burn off.
     
  3. Feb 3, 2013 at 4:47 AM
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    gman2530

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    Thank you for responding, I'm that guy that believes all the hype! LOL! "Magic This" & "Miracle That".....I have tried almost everything to clean, wax & keep plastic & rubber looking good....But have found out the hard way, thru the wallet! Just basic stuff works as good...What kinda wax do you use??
    Thank you again...

    >Gman
     
  4. Feb 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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    alwaysat8k

    alwaysat8k My truck is slow

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    For the engine bay, yes. But normally you pay for what you get. As for rubber and plastic on the exterior, I highly recommend Ultima. it's very expensive but damn worth it. I wouldn't use any wax under the motor bay unless you have a painted surface that is gloss in tone.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2013 at 5:33 AM
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    gman2530

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    I will look into "Ultima" Who makes it???.. Im using that Aerospace 303 now... What Wax do you use on your vehicles exteriors?
    Can i get Ultima at WallyWorld?
    Thank you for all your assistance ..
    >Gman
     
  6. Feb 4, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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    alwaysat8k

    alwaysat8k My truck is slow

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    I primarily use detailers domain and autogeek. http://www.detailersdomain.com/

    http://www.autogeek.net/ultima-tire-trim-guard.html

    As for wax, it starts to get complicated. Wax is usually just a topper, or gloss enhancer. There are compounds, polishes, sealants, and waxes that all do different types of things to your paint, and are all applied differently.

    As this thread is dedicated to engine bay detailing, we might want to stay on topic. Check this out http://www.autogeek.net/detailingtips.html (i think it might help ya.. i also really like this forum http://detailingbliss.com)

    If you have any questions on product recommendation, PM me. Ive detailed numerous vehicles, mercedes, bmw, honda's, even a peterbuilt semi. I dont mind helping or giving my 2 cents if you would like to hear it :) good luck.
     
  7. Feb 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM
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    I use Simple Green on a cold engine and let it sit for a few minutes, I then use my power washer with the electrical components covered with plastic. Finish it off with plastic treatment, wipe down and I am good to go.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM
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    Warm engine
    Cold water
    Done that
     
  9. May 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM
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    never get your arb compressor wet. or any where near moisture. ever. just a tip.
     
  10. May 15, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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  11. May 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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  12. May 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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    After cleaning with your favorite degreaser, has anyone tried fluid film to protect metal & plastic? I live in pa where road salts are a fact of life.
    I have heard it works great.
     
  13. Jun 8, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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  14. Aug 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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    i used Engine Degreasear.. I bought it auto zone, car wasn't running, but it was hotter then a bitch out, i clean it about once a week, I've had it both running, non running, in the cold and in hot, it typically doesn't matter, it just matters on how you do it and what type of product your using
     
  15. Aug 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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    I did mine about a month ago. I used Simple Green cause I had a lot of it on hand and works good. I sprayed the engine down with it and let it sit for about 10 mins. Then I sprayed it down again with SG and washed it off with the hose. I did not cover anything but did not directly hit the alternator or battery terminals. The engine was off and warm to the point that the water evaporated quickly, but was not really hot. It was not perfectly clean but it was much much better. Lastly I used an air compressor to help dry it off. I did all this before starting or running it.

    Hotter engines seem to be easier to clean but if its too hot the cold water could crack AL parts.

    Cold engines are harder to clean but safer for the engine and take longer to dry.

    I like warm engines, just hot enough to evaporate the water quickly but does not hiss or steam much. Give the cleaner time to work and wait to run it until its dry. The goal is to get 80% of the dirt off. More then that is just OCD.

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  16. Aug 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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    Yep. The people that are scared of spraying cool water on a hot engine trip me out.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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    Looks good! I generally don't cover anything either. The vehicle isn't going to blow up if electrical components get wet and the water evaporates anyway. Never had a problem without covering anything...ever.

    Better to be safe then sorry I'm sure, but I'm just lazy.
     
  18. Aug 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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    I do mine cold...but if its alittle warm I don't feel it will be a issue....I just soap mine down with Dawn Dish detergent ...let it sit for 10-15mins and pressure wash it back off....my engine bay looks show room new....If you clean it 3-4 times a yr ..there shouldn't be any need for anything else.....
     
  19. Aug 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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    do you really need the engine bay of a TRUCK to be CLEAN? i say if anything just take the engine cover off and clean that and instantly the truck looks 20x cleaner:cool:
     
  20. Aug 31, 2013 at 5:41 AM
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    They now make an automotive Simple Green in blue bottle. The stuff is awesome and use it on everything for my taco. I even used it to remove stubborn stains in my carpet and didn't bleach it out. I do have detailers pro engine cleaning and works excellent also. Just cover your alternator with a plastic bag and other sensitive electronics and your good to go.
     
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