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Old 04-29-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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armor all under the hood?

i was at a car show this weekend walking around i was checking out a car and i asked the owner what he does to clean under his hood because it looked real good. he said he uses some products and after uses armor all. i like armor all i use the leather care for interior and the original on my tires but it seems a little odd to use under the hood to keep it shiny. im wondering if anyone has done that and is it safe?
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I dust it with a microfiber cloth and then Meguiar's that is just like armour all.
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I dust it with a microfiber cloth and then Meguiar's that is just like armour all.
ok thanks so i know it is safe then. i assume you have up kept it so it probably looks almost new unfortunately the owner before me never really kept up with it so i need a real good clean underneath there are there any products you recommend ive used simple green once it did pretty good job but not as great as i was hoping. i dont want to use any water or hose im afraid to damage something so it will be the product and towel
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I've been using Armor All under the hood since it came out many years ago. Makes the plastic and rubber parts (hose and plug wires, fuse covers, intakes, etc) look really good.

Not one problem in 30 plus years...Knock on wood. Just don't drench it, light coats won't hurt anything.
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I've been using Armor All under the hood since it came out many years ago. Makes the plastic and rubber parts (hose and plug wires, fuse covers, intakes, etc) look really good.

Not one problem in 30 plus years...Knock on wood. Just don't drench it, light coats won't hurt anything.
ok thanks alot hope it makes mine look real nice also how do you apply it do you just use a towel as if you were wiping the interior? i was thinking it could be worth investing in a sponge or applicator pad to use strictly for under the hood
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[QUOTE=mustang17;1629439]ok thanks alot hope it makes mine look real nice also how do you apply it do you just use a towel as if you were wiping the interior? i was thinking it could be worth investing in a sponge or applicator pad to use strictly for under the hood[/QUOTE

I use all kinds of things to reach all the areas. Applicator pads work well for the large areas. I've also used microfiber towels and for the hard to reach areas, q-tips and an old retired (clean) toothbrush.

Also to complete the cleaning I like to use Turtle Wax Ice on the underside of the hood, shock towers, firewall, supercharger, etc. All the metal areas get done at least once every three months. Keeps everything looking nice and neat under there.
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i heard some good stuff about turtle wax thanks alot!
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I use Turtle Wax trim restorer on the plastic, after using wipe and shine to get the hard stuff. Looks great, lasts longer than Armor All.
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My way....a Microfiber towel and Croftgate Multi Clean and Tire Shine...yesI said Tire Shine....this stuff works amazing on all the plastics and rubbersunder the hood and does a great job on the chromes/metals as well. I used to use Armor All exclusively, but wasnever happy with the oily shine, still some excellent stuff I just moved on.
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I use Turtle Wax trim restorer on the plastic, after using wipe and shine to get the hard stuff. Looks great, lasts longer than Armor All.
ok thanks ill give it a try i hear its good stuff

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My way....a Microfiber towel and Croftgate Multi Clean and Tire Shine...yesI said Tire Shine....this stuff works amazing on all the plastics and rubbersunder the hood and does a great job on the chromes/metals as well. I used to use Armor All exclusively, but wasnever happy with the oily shine, still some excellent stuff I just moved on.
havent heard too much about croftgate but i will check it out..all good answers thanks alot guys
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ok thanks ill give it a try i hear its good stuff

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havent heard too much about croftgate but i will check it out..all good answers thanks alot guys
I started using Croftgate some time ago and now rep for them in NW Illinois - feel free to send me a message or visit my FB page for more information. facebook/Croftgate ILL NW. I may also be able to help you find a local dealer.

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I started using Croftgate some time ago and now rep for them in NW Illinois - feel free to send me a message or visit my FB page for more information. facebook/Croftgate ILL NW. I may also be able to help you find a local dealer.

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Just be careful not to spray it on any belts. It will cause slippage.
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Just be careful not to spray it on any belts. It will cause slippage.
+11. No mater what you use. Just make sure you cover up all essential things, such as alternator and air filter (if you have an open element CAI).
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I would avoid using water/degreaser to hose down the motor, thats kind of a last resort from years of neglect, Some steam clean but you sign a waiver for damages lol. Taking time by hand = same results just takes longer. Break it up in areas/stages and work on it over time so you dont pass out from bending over that long lol

dont use products that are greasy, it promotes dust to stick from daily duties and to much greasy crap looks bad... sure greasy stuff hides dust GREAT but its not a fix overall.

Use rags and cleaners to degrease (simple green) where needed, clean dirt (meguiars detailer/etc) for paint and metal, and for the rubber stuff use something non greasy like meguiars interior detailer or something else thats just not greasy.

You may need mothers back to black or similar for some of the items to get them looking back OEM like~

take your time and use brushes and anything else at your disposal (stick wraped around a towl to go down in some spots for example) and you will get it looking good. The key is the simply to do regular upkeep and it stays that way.

Everyone asks me how I keep the motor so clean, I just dont let it get dirty to begin with and keep it protected/cleaned just like the paint. When I do interior, I do the motor. Ive seen stuff that you can spray on dirt to remove it touch free for those super hard to reach areas as well DWG International´┐Ż - Manufacturer of Dri Wash 'n Guard´┐Ż has some dust be gone but ive never used that product of theirs so no input on that.

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exactly i definitely dont want to use the hose im afraid something will happen. i have mothers back to black already so i can use that since it is at my disposal. it is unfortunate because the previous owner neglected it. it doesnt look horrible but i want it to look better thanks for all the advice guys now that it is getting nice out i can spend alot of time on it. SpectorV it looks real good! is that your dd?
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Simple green works good i used the stuff u buy at the dollar store let it soak for about ten minutes then use a scrub brush it and hosed it down not high pressure.I covered up my battery and fuse box and alt had no problems at all i start it after to dry it out ..then used the maquires interior dressing on it ..see my post to see the before and after pics
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Simple green works good i used the stuff u buy at the dollar store let it soak for about ten minutes then use a scrub brush it and hosed it down not high pressure.I covered up my battery and fuse box and alt had no problems at all i start it after to dry it out ..then used the maquires interior dressing on it ..see my post to see the before and after pics
i used simple green once before so i still have it but i didnt let it soak so i guess thats something i have to do this time silly mistake i guess haha where are the before and after pics?
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SpectorV is that your dd?
It was for a time, now its for when ever I want to drive it only

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Simple green works good i used the stuff u buy at the dollar store let it soak for about ten minutes then use a scrub brush it and hosed it down not high pressure.I covered up my battery and fuse box and alt had no problems at all i start it after to dry it out ..then used the maquires interior dressing on it ..see my post to see the before and after pics
simple green is good stuff, you can use that to degrease stuff and clean what ever it just takes time to get it back in good shape then just keep it there.
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Attachment 105236Attachment 105237..........here's the before and after pics
looks good, its odd how the metal on 05+ oxidizes so much faster, my 03 still look rather good (alternator etc). They make some sort of cleaner you can use that pulls that junk off FYI, not sure what its called but you gotta be careful with it not to get it on paint/etc I believe~ good stuff though (friend uses it on his GT500 bare metal areas)
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Hope you got some good tips..show some pics when your done..yea the alt looks like crap i seen one pic of a guy who had a cover for it so i might look into that.
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..........here's the before and after pics
wow bro big difference thanks i hope mine can make that turn around i have a pic of mine under the hood in my garage if you want to look i dont have a pic in my phone at the moment
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Your engine doesn"t look bad at all.Should come out nice
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Your engine doesn"t look bad at all.Should come out nice
thanks im a little ocd i guess so i want it perfect haha
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Its been used for a while i work in a car detailing and to clean the engine and hood we turn the cars on soak it with armour all and close the hood for a couple minutes then wipe it down and il looks really good
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Its been used for a while i work in a car detailing and to clean the engine and hood we turn the cars on soak it with armour all and close the hood for a couple minutes then wipe it down and il looks really good
so u spray it turn car on let it run then shut off and just wipe? damn that sounds too easy lmao
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so u spray it turn car on let it run then shut off and just wipe? damn that sounds too easy lmao
It really is
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thanks ill give it a try and see how it goes how much do you use
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thanks ill give it a try and see how it goes how much do you use
I soak it with armor all lol turns our really shiny
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But doesn't armour all make dust stick?

I use pledge on my interior. Repels dust and smells lemony sweet. The I use an interior detailer. Under the hood, I use Lucas fast wax on everything. I spray on the towel then wipe it down


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And voilla. This is what I get. Screw that armour all. That's like Velcro for dirt
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