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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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best way to clean under the hood

i was wondering what is the best way the get all the dirt and dust from the engine and the under side of the hood area, i like to keep my car spotless but this is one area that i am not sure on how to keep clean.
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i just do a light mist rinse and then when it dries, use some protective wipes on everything.
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+1 but my mist comes from a bottle of cleaner....

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Try to stick to using cleaners that aren't greasy or oily...this sticky crap will just accumulate more dirt, dust, and grime quicker than usual.
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idk if any one else suggest this, but i always just spray it down with degreeser, cover any visable electronics with plastic, and do a real quick/light spray with a pressure washer.... then to top it off, spray a cover of armerall over all the plastic/rubber things... dont start your car for a good hour or more after doing this tho... besides the water all over everything, the armorall will attract even MORE dirt before it drys up a little bit... if you wanna keep it looking shinny and clean you gotta do this like once a week.
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take it to a detailer and have it cleaned. if it were me i would do that than do it myself...i might get water in places it shouldnt be

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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-30-2009, 08:38 AM
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most detailers are gonna do exactly what i just said lol... thats where i learned it from, unless you go to a really nice one some of them use hot steam to clean the engine bay...
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Actually...unless it's a showcar professionals tend to stay away from the underhood area (with the exception of wiping down surfaces) unless specifically asked due to the liability involved. 99.9% of the people that bring their car to a true detailer don't even know where the fricken dipstick is or what it's used for.
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Detailing

I used to be a PDI and Make-Ready worker at Don McGill Toyota and while i worked there, i learned the best way to detail your engine bay. Its simple, use ArmorAll, the same armorall you use on the interior, use it under the hood, let it sit for 10 seconds and wipe it down with a lint free cloth, armorall also works as a tire shine Hope this helps

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I detail cars on the side and the most effective way that I've come across is this:

-Look over and identify key places
-Spray the engine down with water (when cooled off)
-Spray degreaser over entire engine bay (don't get it on the paint)
-Wait 10 sec after done spraying, then rinse
-Then go back in with a small nylon bristle brush and get what the pressure washer can't.
-Final rinse
-Go over everything with a water based shine

Tools I use are pressure washer, nylon brush, degreaser (Super Clean/STP Oomph/ Purple Power etc), and Meguiars or Mothers interior/vinyl shine.

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I used to be a PDI and Make-Ready worker at Don McGill Toyota and while i worked there, i learned the best way to detail your engine bay. Its simple, use ArmorAll, the same armorall you use on the interior, use it under the hood, let it sit for 10 seconds and wipe it down with a lint free cloth, armorall also works as a tire shine Hope this helps
Detail companies like armorall because its cheap and it does the best clean.
But also it makes it so the engine bays get dirty again faster. So people come back more often.

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Yeah...I was gonna say simple green, water and a few rags.

Armor All is like oil.....your gonna crap it up good in a short time. lol

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idk if any one else suggest this, but i always just spray it down with degreeser, cover any visable electronics with plastic, and do a real quick/light spray with a pressure washer.... then to top it off, spray a cover of armerall over all the plastic/rubber things... dont start your car for a good hour or more after doing this tho... besides the water all over everything, the armorall will attract even MORE dirt before it drys up a little bit... if you wanna keep it looking shinny and clean you gotta do this like once a week.
See, now back in my day, I was told that you should have the car running when washing it with water!? But then again, this was on cars 10 yrs ago! And yes, I do not spray directly onto electrical parts.

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Thats true, I live in Katy, Texas. I forget how dirty some other places can be lol. Once i armorall mine, it is showroom good for almost a month, but I can see other climates and regions getting it dirty quicker.





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Detail companies like armorall because its cheap and it does the best clean.
But also it makes it so the engine bays get dirty again faster. So people come back more often.

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