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Old 11-03-2009, 10:29 PM   #51
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So I would be safe in washing out the engine bay then I guess. I'm still leery about putting water near electrical components, but I guess they are sealed from the elements anyway.
....if you have any concerns about potentially sensitive areas, then I would take the extra time and simply cover them. I'm quite comfortable using my methods but I'm not going to say that others experiences will be the same. ....YMMV.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:11 PM   #52
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I do the same as almost everyone else, stick with the classic water and typical cleaner
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:32 AM   #53
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All the cast aluminum pieces in my engine bay, like the intake manifold, alternator, A/C compressor, etc. look dark and dirty. Simple Green didn't do anything to help, though I only agitated it lightly. Are there any products that can bring these pieces back to life? The engine bay doesn't really look clean when these pieces don't look clean.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:05 AM   #54
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All the cast aluminum pieces in my engine bay, like the intake manifold, alternator, A/C compressor, etc. look dark and dirty. Simple Green didn't do anything to help, though I only agitated it lightly. Are there any products that can bring these pieces back to life? The engine bay doesn't really look clean when these pieces don't look clean.
Adams All purpose cleaner
Chemical Guys All Clean

Both are very good products and are safe anywhere when diluted correctly.

If you want to shine the material up then I suggest Adams two step metal polish.

Professionals (welders/commercial cleaning) use hydroflouric acid. Bad stuff though, so I wouldn't recommend it and haven't used it myself. Just wanted to let you know.

I'd go for a very good safe for detailing APC first with a lot of agitation.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:43 AM   #55
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I pretty much use a similar combination of what everyone else has posted. A few steps of cleaning products, water, and some elbow grease, fairly frequently, keeps mine clean.


and I usually finish with some compunds or wax on the fmic piping.
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:39 PM   #56
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nice thread - thanks
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:44 PM   #57
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I pretty much use a similar combination of what everyone else has posted. A few steps of cleaning products, water, and some elbow grease, fairly frequently, keeps mine clean.


and I usually finish with some compunds or wax on the fmic piping.
That white grille! Sorry to get off topic
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:47 AM   #58
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At self wash;
Engine de-greaser, high pressure soap, engine de-greaser, let sit.
High pressure rinse, high pressure soap, high pressure rinse, spot free rinse.
Towel dry, then drive home.

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This sounds like a genius idea. No problems with injectors/spark plugs/alrernator?
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #59
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Gunk engine degreaser and turtle wax plastic re-new

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Old 06-21-2013, 02:27 PM   #60
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.... And some elbow grease and a bit of patience haha
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:10 PM   #61
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Just finished the engine bay. was amazingly dirty before. took it to a car wash Sprayed it with super green let it sit for about 5(cleaned my car while I was waiting two birds one stone). Worked good but still need a second round for the hood and other dirty components. I would recommend a brush or something to get the super grime off.

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AFTER:

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Old 06-23-2013, 06:54 PM   #62
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i've mever covered my alternator, even my little older cars.

Did u cover yours, if so what components?
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #63
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I covered my intake and maf sensor. Everything else is bound to get wet no matter what. Even my intake got wet and nothing happened. Good luck
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I didnt cover anything. Just make sure you let it idle for a good 10-15 minutes
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:08 PM   #65
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After I've rinsed the bay out with water, I use a leaf blower to dry
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:11 AM   #66
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I pretty much use a similar combination of what everyone else has posted. A few steps of cleaning products, water, and some elbow grease, fairly frequently, keeps mine clean.


and I usually finish with some compunds or wax on the fmic piping.
this is what i want MY engine bay to look like. When you open it, and something is leaking, just seems looking at that puts all worries aside.

Nice look man.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #67
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i have always used SD20 to clean parts that have a lot of grime on them. Comes off very easy.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:22 PM   #68
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Adams All purpose cleaner
Chemical Guys All Clean

Both are very good products and are safe anywhere when diluted correctly.

If you want to shine the material up then I suggest Adams two step metal polish.

Professionals (welders/commercial cleaning) use hydroflouric acid. Bad stuff though, so I wouldn't recommend it and haven't used it myself. Just wanted to let you know.

I'd go for a very good safe for detailing APC first with a lot of agitation.
I have been having the same problem. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:20 PM   #69
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I spy an STi shift knob I like it!
Looks clean man!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:04 AM   #70
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I've always used scrubbing bubbles. Spray the engine down. Cover everything with scrubbing bubbles. Wait 5-10 minutes. Scrub extra dirty areas that could use a little help. Hose it off. Dry. Apply dressing. Works great every time.
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #71
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Spray some degreaser wipe it in wash it off, avoid battery, fuze box, turbo and intake.
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #72
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Should I just spray the degreaser on or hose the engine down first? I've never used Gunk before because I always cleaned the engine by hand.
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:32 AM   #73
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Almost any degreaser should be applied to a dry, cool engine.
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Nice thanx
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Thanks this is a great thread. I'm going to clean my engine bay this weekend. It could use a little attention..
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