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Old 12-24-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Another P21S Success Story (Pics Inside)

Just got done detailing the Girlfriends engine bay.

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P21S Total Auto Wash
Adams In and Out

This car was in rough shape and took a while to complete. However, I think the pictures show the effort was worth it.

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Old 12-24-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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- Holy Wow!!!!

Thats an amazing job!! Seriously, considdering you didnt replace anything with new hoses or anything. Bravo!!

I would love a tutorial, with more details and methods....just wow!
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
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Nice job! It's amazing what a little cleaner and some TLC does to your engine bay. If there is one thing I can't stand is a filthy engine bay. For some reason my car just seems to run better when the engine is clean, even though I know it probably doesn't. HAHA!

Did you dress the engine bay at all, or is that just after the P21S cleaner? I like 303 to dress all of my hoses and plastic after I clean the bay. It leaves a nice matte to satin finish and makes everything nice and black.

Again, good job!

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Old 12-24-2008, 07:09 PM   #4
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Easy.
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:18 PM   #5
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Nice work. Looks like the cam cover is polished with the way it looks afterward.
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:40 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the comments.

Nolaboost- That cam cover and IAM took a while but glad with the results.

Revnu- I used Adams In and Out for dressing but have heard good things about 303. You are talking about the protectant not the cleaner correct? If you could pm a link to the product I want to try it out. I will keep Adams for the plastic pieces but 303 could do a better job at dressing hoses. Thanks for heads up.

Dash- I will pm you later with walkthrough.

Again all comments welcomed or advice.
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:59 PM   #7
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- Thanks a million dude! I am very interested in this because I just detailed my engine bay yesterday and was very surprised how hard it was to actually remove some of those black spots that dont seem to rub off.

Did you use any specific tools for this job? like a metal polishing brush on a dremel? I am very excited for your Pm, but please, its definitly worth sharing this wisdom with everyone.

From yesterday and on-ward I will always clean my engine bay when I do a detail.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:07 PM   #8
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:14 PM   #9
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Thanks again for the comments.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:11 AM   #10
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wow, just amazing! Can you add me to your PM list for you steps? Or just post it up here for all to see? Again, great work there!
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:35 AM   #11
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looks good!
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:39 AM   #12
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pm me for sure! when I saw saturn in the before pics I was just thinking drive into the river like that white sti did, but wow.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:57 AM   #13
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pm me for sure! when I saw saturn in the before pics I was just thinking drive into the river like that white sti did, but wow.
Thanks for the complements. I will PM you later today. If I forget just send me a quick reminder.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #14
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Here is another detail I did this weekend. It appears shinier than it really was.

97 Toyota Avalon gets Joan Rivers Treatment

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Old 01-06-2009, 12:01 PM   #15
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:53 PM   #16
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Is it a bad thing I knew from the first pic that it was a Saturn?

Great details regardless!
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:43 PM   #17
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P21S FTW, it's even pretty damn decent diluted.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:00 PM   #18
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Why PM? Why not share with everyone?
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:54 PM   #19
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A) Because he asked me to
B) No one has asked me to share

I have nothing to hide so here is the process:

I used the products I have listed in the top of the thread. They are in fact links to where you can buy the products if you need to.

For tools-
Two different Boars Hair Brushes (different as in hair length)
Medley of Black Magic detailing brushes
MF towels for drying
Hi-Flow Pesticide sprayer for rinsing

Washing-
I start with diluted P21S TAW. I find that a 75/25 split of P21S to water still works fine. I have only had one instances where I had to use full strength, and that was to do the job faster.

Ok start with a cool engine (important because it will make detailing a pain and you can stain parts if they dry rapidly with chemicals like TAW). I start by covering intakes (if applicable), alternator, and disconnect battery terminals. Then I soaking the engine bay with TAW.

**Note here that I did not rinse with water first. That will just dilute the product more and just a preference of mine.

I let it sit for 5-10 depending on the grime level. Also, work in non-sunlight area. I check every couple minutes to make sure all the areas are still moist and do a couple refresh spray's if necessary.

I usually break up the engine bay in fourths and tackele one at a time. I check the other areas as I go to make sure again areas are still moist. I guess you could just spray one area at a time, but hey go crazy and develop your own method. As I am scrubbing, I use a medley of brushes. What brush I use depends on the grime, and space I have to work with. Most notable get a Boars Hair Brush. I would also recommend perhaps getting two with differing hair lengths. The longer hair ones will go into crack and harder to reach places well. As a shorter, will be better for scrubbing (if needed TAW is awesome).

Once I have completed an area I rinse just that area and go over sections that need a more through scrubbing. Just do the whole engine like this.

Give the engine a though final rinse with water. To make it easier for you, in the dressing do not let the water dry as you might get spots etc.

Drying
Completely dry all parts with MF towel or sham of choice

Dressing-
Once I have cleaned all the areas comes dressing. I use a combination of Adam's In and Out, and Aerospace 303 Protectant to do this step.

For items like hoses, parts that will get outside water exposure, or sunlight I apply a thin coat of 303. This will help keep those parts going strong. As a side note, I also spray this on my headlights to keep them clear and wax over.

Once you have dressed those parts with 303, then it is time to spray all items over with Adams. You do not need to apply a lot and clean excess with a rag. That is really it.

**However a huge change is now Adams In and Out is no longer in production. I am going to order some Einzette Rubber and Vinyl Protectant and see if it is a good substitute dressing. I personally do not like just 303 alone because it just doesn't have a good finish on as many materials as Adams does.

There you have it
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:59 PM   #20
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Why PM? Why not share with everyone?
+1 this stuff is magic and Im about to have to go get more detail stuff so I need to know lol. How expensive or inexpensive is this stuff and can I find it at any old store?
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:03 PM   #21
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In the way of physical stores, few carry it since it is imported from Germany. However most online retails sell bottles for 17 I believe and depending on cars will last you a while. You can also use this stuff on wheels, but they make a wheel cleaner solution sep.

It is well worth the money in my opinion.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:28 PM   #22
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If P21S is the same as a product for cleaning motorcycles called S100, the S100 can be had cheaper than the P21S. I use a product called Hondabrite that is esentially S100 rebadged, and it works great on wheels. A 32oz bottle is about $12.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:49 PM   #23
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^^^^^
This stuff sounds a lot like the Suzuki Bike Wash that people rave over. Spray on the bike, let sit for awhile, and then wash off. All the dirt and grease come off without even wiping anything down.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:43 PM   #24
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This stuff sounds a lot like the Suzuki Bike Wash that people rave over. Spray on the bike, let sit for awhile, and then wash off. All the dirt and grease come off without even wiping anything down.
Personally in an engine bay I would be scared touse a product that strong. The reason why is a lot of cleaners have abrasive or acidic properties. Exposing wiring, hoses, etc with that sort of chemical can do damage and shorten lifespans. It might be a safe product never have use just saying for information sake. I know P21S is formulated to be safe on items and pH balanced.

Thanks for the info though I am going to check out the product.
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:35 PM   #25
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Nice Job! Now time for the pictures of the P21S Paint Cleaner and Wax job you so lovingly applied to her car because you love her so much
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