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Old 06-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Which works better and safer for the engine to be cleaned...? Gunk or Simple Green?
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:03 AM   #2
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
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diluted simple green has always worked for me.

been using 50/50 simple green/water mix and tire foam on my engine bays for years and always get compliments on the cleanliness.

1) spray 50/50 solution where needed on a cool engine bay
2) let it sit for 5 minutes
3) wipe off with wet cloth
4) wipe with dry cloth
5) spray tire foam on all plastic and rubber
6) let it sit for a minute but not too long. then wipe/spread it with a cloth.

easy, fast, awesome.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:16 AM   #4
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diluted simple green has always worked for me.

been using 50/50 simple green/water mix and tire foam on my engine bays for years and always get compliments on the cleanliness.

1) spray 50/50 solution where needed on a cool engine bay
2) let it sit for 5 minutes
3) wipe off with wet cloth
4) wipe with dry cloth
5) spray tire foam on all plastic and rubber
6) let it sit for a minute but not too long. then wipe/spread it with a cloth.

easy, fast, awesome.
Not a bad route. However, with Scrubbing Bubbles, you can spray the entire engine bay without having to worry about destruction of anything. All chemicals are rubber/silicone/metal safe

Also, I'd be careful with that tire foam. Could dry/crack your hoses easily.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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Also, I'd be careful with that tire foam. Could dry/crack your hoses easily.
you are good to go as long as its not petroleum based
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:39 AM   #6
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Seriously, Scrubbing Bubbles? The same stuff I use to clean my bathroom?
Never even occurred to me.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:39 AM   #7
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Drying, cracking or staining will be inevitable.
You can slow down the process by keeping it clean and protected.
However just from heat, temperature changes which will cause expansion and contraction or what the hoses/lines are holding in terms of fluids all contribute to it's wear.
Detailing it will prolong its life but just like anything else on this planet, it's still going to age.
Then it's just a matter of replacing it.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
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Seriously, Scrubbing Bubbles? The same stuff I use to clean my bathroom?
Never even occurred to me.
The same stuff you use to clean your bathroom

As stated in the other thread I created, most Subie owners haven't stumbled across this method as an alternative to cleaning their bay. I came across this on a BMW M5 forum, even on a Corvette forum. I figured if these guys are using it on their 40-50k+ cars, it must be safe to use on my WRX

Definitely try it out. Works great!
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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^might have to give that a go.
Seems odd, but really should be I guess.. Aren't the cars listed tho mostly covered in plastic?
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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^might have to give that a go.
Seems odd, but really should be I guess.. Aren't the cars listed tho mostly covered in plastic?
A lot of them were, yes. There were also quite a few without a lot of plastic. There was a Chemist on the forum who chimed in and said that all chemicals in Scrubbing Bubbles were engine bay safe.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Simple green is safer.

Gunk stinks as it burns off the engine for a few days, I stopped using it because of that.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #12
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With the scrubbinhg bubbles how much is too much to spray in the engine bay.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:10 PM   #13
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With the scrubbinhg bubbles how much is too much to spray in the engine bay.
No such thing as too much! I use an entire can when cleaning mine
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:28 PM   #14
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i suggest meguiar's super degreaser. safe on paint and does wonders. when i did my 04 sti new short block, i used this stuff of the whole engine bay, and also underneath the car and now i got a brand new looking engine bay + engine and components. here's Link

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...500_AA300_.jpg
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #15
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Simple Green worked just fine for me.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #16
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i suggest meguiar's super degreaser. safe on paint and does wonders. when i did my 04 sti new short block, i used this stuff of the whole engine bay, and also underneath the car and now i got a brand new looking engine bay + engine and components. here's Link

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...500_AA300_.jpg
Pics of the engine bay?
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #17
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Not a fan of that gunk stuff at all. It works alright but it does smell bad when it burns. Simple green is my de-greaser of choice. I've Heard good things about the scrubbing bubbles but I've never personally used it.

This is the bay from my old 97' civic. It had been sitting in somebodies back yard for 2yrs untouched. I honestly don't think the previous owner ever even opened the hood herself



All I used was simple green and a garden hose!
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #18
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scrubbing bubbles, just spray let it sit for few mins then rinse with garden hose...came out clean for me
smells good too, lol
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simple green is usually my choice, but i'm going to have to give this scrubbing bubbles treatment a shot the next time
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wife picked up scrubbing bubbles for me and i stopped at west marine to get some 303. will report back this weekend with pics.
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scrubbing bubbles, just spray let it sit for few mins then rinse with garden hose...came out clean for me
smells good too, lol
Yes, the perk of Scrubbing Bubbles...it smells good

Be sure to get the Lemon scent!
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You'll never look back
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Simple Green is my method. Its ~$10 for the big concentrated bottle. Go 25% SimpleGreen in a windex bottle and spray it on. Let it sit, hose it off.

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Simple Green is my method. Its ~$10 for the big concentrated bottle. Go 25% SimpleGreen in a windex bottle and spray it on. Let it sit, hose it off.

Happen to have a "Before" pic?

Nice thing about Scrubbing Bubbles is that it leaves a little bit of a shine once washed off
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Happen to have a "Before" pic?

Nice thing about Scrubbing Bubbles is that it leaves a little bit of a shine once washed off
Nope, but it was nice and salty.

Do you have stock with SC Johnson? Using an entire can of the stuff at $5+ doesn't seem worth the shine. For reference i'm around 63 cents per bay clean.
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