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Old 02-18-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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What's the best way y'all have used to clean the engine bay and just get the black plastics to look clean and get all the dust and grime out of all the small places in the bay??
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This is my technique, and it really looks new after I do it. I've successfully done several cars this way.

Step 1. Make sure the engine is ice cold before starting. You want it cool since there is a slight possibility that you can crack the engine block by throwing cold water on it.

Step 2. Cover fuse box, battery, distributor cap, air intake, and I cover the alternator as well. Plastic bags work well

Step 3. I spray the entire bay with simple green and then lightly brush tight areas with a soft brush or old rag.

Step 4. Lightly rinse, I hold the hose at an angle off to the side, keeping the nozzle on the lowest setting.

Step 5. Pull off plastic bags a little water might get onto those areas , but just wipe it up, and you'll be fine.

Step 6: Dry the bay with towels or forced air dryer (a leaf lower will work as long as the tube is clean) At this point you have 2 options leave it alone, or dress it up to your liking! I like to use SprayWay instant shine it looks great, and it doesn't attract dust.

Note: I usually do the engine first when detailing a car, it's not mandatory, but I don't love the job enough to go back and clean the overspray up.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:47 AM   #3
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99ford has a good description... Also your local autozone or supplier should have a good list of product to make the plastic shine on your engine compartment that won't attract dust.
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99ford has a good description... Also your local autozone or supplier should have a good list of product to make the plastic shine on your engine compartment that won't attract dust.
^Exactly^

I assume everyone has their own preference of products, or will experiment until they do.

The one thing I liked about Spray Way instant shine is that you spray, and forgot. I tried several products before it. It really comes down to preference. If I were endorsed, or a rep for a company, I'd say something different.
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