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July 18, 2014, 05:38 PM #0

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what does everyone do to make their engine bay lookin "show worthy" ???

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    July 18, 2014, 07:03 PM #1

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    Warm engine, degresser and elbow grease usually takes out a lot of it. On some engine that has it "baked" on it's almost impossible to remove without polishing it off. Being a engine it usually not easy.
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      July 18, 2014, 08:03 PM #2

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      yea I tried the warm engine and degreaser, couldn't get the oil stains off the valve cover, and have one hell of a time trying to get the dirt out of the cracks and tight spots

        July 19, 2014, 09:13 AM #3

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        I used engine degreaser on mine and a toothbrush.

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            I rinse mine... lol

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                July 29, 2014, 06:18 PM #7

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                I wish under my hood looks that clean!!

                  September 25, 2014, 10:05 PM #8

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                  Reviving this thread.
                  I use a combination of low pressure water, high pressure steam, various brushes, and Chemical Guys Signature Series Engine Degreaser.

                  Cover up any sensitive electronics (distributor, fuse box, etc) with plastic bags and tape them off so they hold still.
                  Rinse the engine down with low pressure water.
                  Divide bay into quarters and soak one quarter at a time in degreaser, while agitating it with brushes. Rinse that spot off, and move to the next quarter. You want to do this as to make sure the degreaser doesn't dry (as it could harm the plastics).
                  Any tight nooks and crannies, I use high pressure steam to blow it out.

                  At the end, put a engine dressing on to create some nice contrasts with the blacks, and you're all set.

                  Here are a few examples of mine.

                  F150




                  '06 Civic


                  '13 Ram 1500




                  To me, a clean engine bay is just as important as having the rest of the car clean!
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                    Those look great!

                      September 25, 2014, 11:00 PM #10

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                          do mine next :P those look very good
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                            I routinely clean engine bays.  I wish I had a before picture of this car, it was all just dust and caked up dirt.



                            Next time I do a few, I'll post em up here!

                            I just use bug and tar remover for the harsh stuff, and a lot of elbow grease.  The end result is worth it, and it stays clean for a good amount of time!

                              September 26, 2014, 11:44 AM #14

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                              Im always skeptical about washing the engine bay with a hose or wand wash.  Love the look of a clean engine bay tough.

                                September 27, 2014, 08:46 AM #15

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                                Originally posted by j.onathan
                                Im always skeptical about washing the engine bay with a hose or wand wash.  Love the look of a clean engine bay tough.
                                The key is to wrap up anything that you're afraid of getting wet with plastic bags (or some people use tin foil because it's easy to mild, and stays in that shape.)
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