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Old 09-24-2012, 04:05 PM   #26
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I'd steer away from Gunk. It's been known to strip/dull paint. As with Scrubbing Bubbles, you have nothing to worry about.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:41 PM   #27
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I've always used simple green or any kind of cleaner let it sit for awhile and use a power washer on a low setting and just stay away from electrical components/wiring or cover them up.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:22 PM   #28
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Scrubbing bubbles works great. Just spray on about a can and let sit for about ten minutes. Hose off and then dress the plastic and whatnot
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:23 PM   #29
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Scrubbing bubbles works great. Just spray on about a can and let sit for about ten minutes then hose it off. You'll be amazed. No scrubbing needed.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #30
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If you hose off the engine, what areas should you avoid? Are there parts you shouldn't spray that would damage electrical parts?
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:42 PM   #31
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Pressure wash/armor all or tire shine works like a charm for myself
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:51 AM   #32
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Pressure wash/armor all or tire shine works like a charm for myself
Worst method ever. Armor all will dry stuff out very quickly. Pressure wash? Why would you blast water into an engine bay? Just asking for trouble...
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:53 AM   #33
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...rubbing+bubble

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If you hose off the engine, what areas should you avoid? Are there parts you shouldn't spray that would damage electrical parts?
Read this thread I started a while ago. Somewhere between pages 2-7 is an explanation on what to cover etc.

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As for you, read this too.
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:22 AM   #34
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I have been detailing cars for years and the best stuff to use is gunk engine degreaser. I wouldn't use anything else but products that are made to degrease engine bays. Simple green is a very good product as well but you will have to scrub the engine bay a lot more. I would recommend also running the engine for a little while to make sure it is warm before you hose it down. I always run the engine while I am hosing the car down because it keeps the engine hot and the water dries quick so it doesn't cause possible damage to your electrical system. I have seen people hose down cold engines and you sometimes run in to a problem with it starting so I recommend doing this while the engine is warm. Be sure not to spray water to close to your intake as well. Once the engine is dry the stuff I use is called CD-2 engine bay dressing which works the best. It's specifically made to spray on your engine bay and you don't have to worry about wrecking any plastic parts as it is made for this. Hope this helps anybody trying to clean their engine bay safely.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:37 PM   #35
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super purple degreaser and a pressure washer.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:42 PM   #36
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I don't let water pressure anywhere near my engine bay. If Im using pressurized water I hold it a good 5 foot away. Using the pressure itself is asking for trouble
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #37
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I use P21S TAW to clean engine bays and works great and then use a detailing brush to reach the hard to reach areas. You should cover up your intake with a plastic bag and rinse away with a mister filled with water
+1 for p21s total auto wash. stuff is amazing.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:02 AM   #38
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A lot of the products I see mentioned will discolor or leave spots on your black plastic and rubber parts.

I have only found two products that don't discolor rubber/plastic parts and one isn't made anymore...the one available is from a high end compny called Griots Garage.

Here is a link to their engine cleaner: http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...,+35+ounces.do

They also make an engine bay dressing as well.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:32 AM   #39
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I use black magic 2 in 1 engine shine it seems to do the trick im at 100k miles and its still pretty clean.


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Old 09-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #40
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This is awesome about the Scrubbing Bubbles. I think I might have to go try that.
I have tried Simple Green too, and one of my good friends will use nothing else on his engine.
My 2 cents on cleaning products is this: the greater the risk they pose to your health the better/faster they work. Which is unfortunate, but hey.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:02 AM   #41
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Simple green is freaking strong.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #42
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Worst method ever. Armor all will dry stuff out very quickly.
Why exactly does Armor All contain that will "dry stuff out"? What is occurring to make this happen?
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #43
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Simple green is freaking strong.
....if you mean strong smelling, I agree. That's one reason I don't like to use it for this type of application. The other is the potential for accelerated corrosion of bare aluminum if used improperly (i.e. not diluted adequately, allowed to dry or left to dwell too long, etc.). There are aluminum-safe version of their product but there are also many others that perform just as well at this task (if not better).
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:33 PM   #44
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I've always used simple green or any kind of cleaner let it sit for awhile and use a power washer on a low setting and just stay away from electrical components/wiring or cover them up.
Simple green, Greased Lightening and the like are very good cleaners, but they tend to dull and darken aluminum. I made the mistake of soaking an aluminum part in a solution of it once and it ruined the part. If your intake is painted though, it might be okay.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:37 PM   #45
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A lot of the products I see mentioned will discolor or leave spots on your black plastic and rubber parts.

I have only found two products that don't discolor rubber/plastic parts and one isn't made anymore...the one available is from a high end compny called Griots Garage.

Here is a link to their engine cleaner: http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...,+35+ounces.do

They also make an engine bay dressing as well.
Griots garage is so high priced. I think it's for the executive, weekend gear head wannabe.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #46
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Simple Green and/or Scrubbing Bubbles.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:03 AM   #47
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Griots garage is so high priced. I think it's for the executive, weekend gear head wannabe.
I think saying someone using this product is a "wannabe" is a little strong...I was simply sharing a product I found that does a good job and doesn't seem to do any cosmetic damage to your engine parts. While I am not of the mindset that things need to be expensive to work well, in this case it is a product I found that works well. It also works great in wheel wells and isn't harmful to your car's finish should any get on it...
And while it isn't cheap, I've found that I need to use very little so in the end I think the cost is likely the same as cheaper products.
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Old 10-29-2012, 10:01 PM   #48
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thanks for the link i need to do this to my baby she's been neglected under the hood. lol
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:56 AM   #49
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gunk engine foam works awesome
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:07 AM   #50
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I have been detailing cars for years and the best stuff to use is gunk engine degreaser. I wouldn't use anything else but products that are made to degrease engine bays. Simple green is a very good product as well but you will have to scrub the engine bay a lot more. I would recommend also running the engine for a little while to make sure it is warm before you hose it down. I always run the engine while I am hosing the car down because it keeps the engine hot and the water dries quick so it doesn't cause possible damage to your electrical system. I have seen people hose down cold engines and you sometimes run in to a problem with it starting so I recommend doing this while the engine is warm. Be sure not to spray water to close to your intake as well. Once the engine is dry the stuff I use is called CD-2 engine bay dressing which works the best. It's specifically made to spray on your engine bay and you don't have to worry about wrecking any plastic parts as it is made for this. Hope this helps anybody trying to clean their engine bay safely.
I second using a diluted mixture of simple green and then following up with the CD-2 engine bay dressing. That is great stuff.
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