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Old 06-29-2003, 07:25 PM   #1
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when cleaning ur engine i know some of u guys use the armor all wipes to get it nice and shiny but at the car wash the other day i saw a guy with a volvo with the hood open spraying right inside the engine! is that ok? i thought that might be bad?
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As long as the engine is cooled off and your electrical parts are covered by a plastic bag you can spray it all you want. The best junk to use is...damn...i forgot the name. Its an engine degreaser plus shine combined. Its a two bottle package and it'll make all the plastic on your engine SHINE. Looks like brand new, really good stuff. Look it up.
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yeah i gotta look that stuff up. i need a really good engine cleaner. I got my own detailing business I just started up and we are doing really well. I got about 5-6 cars lined up plus some that are done. Well this one guy from the country club I work at has a shelby cobra. Not an old one but one of the newer ones like a 2000 or something. It only has 2000 miles on it and he wants the thing shining!! He says I can drive it to my house to have it cleaned up and then I will bring it back to hime before he is done golfing.

A f*uckin shelby cobra guys! Thats awesome for only being open for a couple weeks.
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Engine parts, especially on newer cars (90'* - current), aren't nearly as tempermental as people would have you believe. As long as you dont directly spray the electronic parts you will be fine. Foaming tire cleaner works excellent for the plastic stuffs. For hardcore grease removal Gunk'* Engine Degreaser will just eat sludge up, but a product without so much strength would be something like orange cleaner or that green stuff. I also found this link a while back although I never actually tried it.
http://www.nsxhelp.com/amnsxlit/Engi...ngineTrick.htm

Also do not spray into your engine with a high power washer, such as would be found at a car wash, use a garden house without any attachments. Very gentle.
Don't waste your money on those armor all wipes. If you have a business just get some cotton terry cloths and wash em once if they have lint on em and they will work for tons of things.


Oh and polish his cobra. Don't just wax it.
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bonnie94sse is the master of engine cleaning. you can eat off of his engine
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yeah i got everything you could possibly need to detail a car. I just got a new buffing machine and am in the works of getting some pads for it. Also, I have light compound and polishing glaze and everything. I have to do a mint job on the cobra because I know he will recommend me to others.
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The 2-step engine cleaner you guys are trying to think of is CD2 Engine Cleaner/Detailer kit. I did it on my original motor in my Lebaron and even though I rushed it worked awesome.
I should take a few pics of my engine. I've spent about 6 hours cleaning and detailing it and it f'n shines. Yesterday when I had my hood open at the gas station while I was checking the engine fluid levels I had a guy ask me if I had just had a new motor put in. he was totally surprised to find out that an engine with almost 190,000 miles could look better than one in a new car on the the showroom floor.
Even the lower crossmember is clean enough to eat off of. I am still working on gettting at the back of the engine and the lower sides. I also have a little work to do on the lower intake manifold (I really want to take it off and polish it and then get some silver/chrome paint and paint the valve covers, upper intake and evrything else that is black and can be painted).

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yes yes thats it! amazing junk...personally though I could have used a little more degreaser but thats just a matter of picking up another bottle before i spray the detailer on.
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