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Rather than tie up Animals painted parts thread with engine bay cleaning stuff, here's a quick way to take that daily driven engine bay to show room look with minimal effort:

Best way ever is the following, take it for what it's worth, it's tried and true..

Products needed: Simple Green, Turtle Wax F-21 tire dressing, several rags.

Here's a link to F21 so you know what it looks like:

http://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,3,5

Here's the simple green for those that have never used it:

http://www.simplegreen.com/products_...se_cleaner.php



Start engine, get it warm, not hot, just nice and warm. As an example if the car was fully cooled, run it for 5-8 minutes. Turn off engine.

Cover the alternator and air filter on your intake, Aluminum foil works great since the motor is warm. Everything else can be subject to light rinsing type spray, including the covered fuse panel. All of these areas get hit by water when driven in the rain.

Lightly spray entire engine bay with water from hose, you will see some light steaming, this is good.

Spray the entire engine bay, including firewall, plastic parts, metal parts, loom, coils and hoses with Simple Green. Set the hood down, not fully closed, just to it's safety catch point, and go find something else to do for 15 to 20 minutes. Let the simple green do it's work. Closing the hood let's the simple green interact with the steam you created with the warm motor. This loosens the tough stuff up so you don't have to work so hard in those heavily soiled areas.

Open hood, look for heavily soiled areas, wipe them with a rag, use more simple green if necessary. Rinse lightly with hose.

Spray entire engine bay with F-21, it foams, coat everything just like the simple green coating you did.

Close hood again, walk away for 10-20 minutes or until nearly all the foam has dissipated.

Open hood, Wipe up any areas that water settled and such. Wipe up any areas that the F-21 didn't dissipate on it's own.

You will note that the F-21 restores the black plastic parts to the same oem flat black color they were when new.. It leaves the paint shiney with no streaks on the fenders and fire wall. Best of all, it is not greasey to the touch.

Hope it helps, I do it twice a year to my DD, and once a year to Eleanor.

 

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Thanks emay...I'm gonna give it a shot on my next day off.
 

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everytime i see that pic of your car emay i get a woody, and the son of a bitch wont go away until i pop the hood and look at my car!!!! lol j/k, this is simular to the way i do my engine bay, but ima' try your way, seems to me it would work better anyways.
 

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Here's a picture of mine. Not as good as EMAY's though. By the way Emay what Strut Tower Brace is that?

 

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Looks good bro, deff up there with Emay's. His Strut Tower Brace is a BMR I believe. Where did you get your Braided Hoses at??? :cool:
Thanks,

Got the braided hoses through Summitracing.com purchased them in like 36-48" lengths and then cut to fit. Also got the ends/clamps from summit. On the large 5/8 intake one though i had to cut the stock plastic tube down and stuff it inside the hose as the vacuum was so great it kept collapsing the hose in on itself.
 

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Thanks,

Got the braided hoses through Summitracing.com purchased them in like 36-48" lengths and then cut to fit. Also got the ends/clamps from summit. On the large 5/8 intake one though i had to cut the stock plastic tube down and stuff it inside the hose as the vacuum was so great it kept collapsing the hose in on itself.

Ok cool, thanks. :cool:


Here's the BMR one Emay has:

 

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i gotta try this on my next day off..thanks
 
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