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Old 04-25-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Default Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner for engine bay...

First off, I know the whole "engine bay cleaning" subject has been touched many, many times. However, I did not find any covering "Scrubbing Bubbles" as a method to cleaning the engine bay.

I was on a BMW forum, reading about M5's and the individuals who own them etc etc. There was a thread about how this 53 year old guy used Scrubbing Bubbles to clean his engine bay. I figured, an M5, pretty expensive car so you'd wanna use something safe in cleaning the engine/engine bay. The guy knew a chemist...chemist said all ingredients/chemicals were engine bay safe etc. Pictures of the guy's engine bay looked immaculate! Anyone ever use this method?


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Old 04-25-2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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No but I might have time today. My engine bay looks like crap so it can't get much worse.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Funny. I was actually just reading m5board about this same exact thing. I have an m3 not and the car was well maintained, but under the hood is ATROCIOUS. I'm gonna try this sometime this coming weekend.
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Old 04-25-2012, 01:27 PM   #4
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #5
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No but I might have time today. My engine bay looks like crap so it can't get much worse.
Yeah, I was gonna give it a try today as well if the rain holds off. The before and after pictures were very noticeable. Looks like this stuff does wonders. Post pictures if you get a chance!
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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Funny. I was actually just reading m5board about this same exact thing. I have an m3 not and the car was well maintained, but under the hood is ATROCIOUS. I'm gonna try this sometime this coming weekend.
Haha small world. Be sure to post pictures for future reference!
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I've been using scrubbing bubbles for a while now and I can say it is the best way to clean the engine bay. Basically kill a full can at a time every 6 months or so.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #8
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I've been using scrubbing bubbles for a while now and I can say it is the best way to clean the engine bay. Basically kill a full can at a time every 6 months or so.
Awesome! Thanks for your input! Any particular steps you use to cleaning? Just spray entire can all over engine/engine bay? How long do you let it sit before spraying off? Drying method? Etc..
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:08 PM   #9
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I'll spray EVERYTHING down (minus air filter, alternator, etc or course), drink a beer, then lightly spray everything off with water. You could use a towel to dry it once its clean, but I never do.

You're going to need to use some more elbow grease your first time to get it clean, but once it is clean, using a can for 'upkeep' works really well.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #10
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I'll spray EVERYTHING down (minus air filter, alternator, etc or course), drink a beer, then lightly spray everything off with water. You could use a towel to dry it once its clean, but I never do.

You're going to need to use some more elbow grease your first time to get it clean, but once it is clean, using a can for 'upkeep' works really well.
Great! Thanks
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Ima try this.
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Sounds great. Either this or simple green.
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This is actually new and interesting!

I'm still pretty sold on the WD 40 approach after seeing that old Civic's bay cleaned (which I still have a hard time believing was part of real life )
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Def need to try something. My engine bay is ridiculously dirty.
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This is actually new and interesting!

I'm still pretty sold on the WD 40 approach after seeing that old Civic's bay cleaned (which I still have a hard time believing was part of real life )
Definitely give it a try! The pictures on the M5 forum were amazing
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For everyone who hasn't done it yet...I happened to get around to it yesterday evening. I can gladly say that this stuff works great! If your engine bay is dirtier than normal, you may need to do some extra scrubbing (as 12sechatch noted) on certain parts you want extra clean. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being dirtiest) I would have given mine a 7 or 8.

For me, I covered up essential wires and then sprayed the entire can of Scrubbing Bubbles all over my engine bay. I let it sit for about 4 minutes (no scrubbing 'cause I'm lazy) and then hozed down. No pressure washer for me, too fearful. I used the "shower" setting on my garden hose attachment and rinsed thoroughly. For the drying process, I used a leaf blower to get as much dry as possible. After that, I started up the car and let the engine warm up to get the rest of the water.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with Scrubbing Bubbles as an engine bay cleaner and would give it an 8/10. I haven't applied any engine bay dressing yet but even without it, everything looks great! I will try to get pictures up today!

Anyone recommend a nice, safe dressing to use?
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How would this work with my boost gauge sender and my horn relay? My engine bay isnt that dirty but it could definitely look better
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I'd also like to know what a good engine dressing is. And are the guys using this method dressing their engines afterward also? I'm super lazy when it comes to cleaning my car, so this sounds like my type of work.

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This is actually new and interesting!

I'm still pretty sold on the WD 40 approach after seeing that old Civic's bay cleaned (which I still have a hard time believing was part of real life )
So what is this all about? Can you give some more info on the WD40 process?
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How would this work with my boost gauge sender and my horn relay? My engine bay isnt that dirty but it could definitely look better
Just cover them up with saran wrap or plastic bags. You'll be fine!
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I'd also like to know what a good engine dressing is. And are the guys using this method dressing their engines afterward also? I'm super lazy when it comes to cleaning my car, so this sounds like my type of work.



So what is this all about? Can you give some more info on the WD40 process?
I did not dress mine after cleaning. Dressing is just to give it that nice and shiny look etc etc. However, I will be dressing mine today or tomorrow if I can find something good.
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Does any one have any before and after pics?
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Does any one have any before and after pics?
I can get some from the BMW forum if you'd like.

I stated a littler earlier that I will try to get pics up of mine later. At work right now.
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I can get some from the BMW forum if you'd like.

I stated a littler earlier that I will try to get pics up of mine later. At work right now.
Sweet. Ill look forward to it.
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Now, do it again next time you wash your car and it will clean the remainder of the dirt. From then on out, it is just upkeep.
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So what is this all about? Can you give some more info on the WD40 process?

honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=2680235

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