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Old 06-24-2012, 04:15 AM   #1
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Cool Dirty Engine Bay? No more!

Ghost here, after i purchased my first car, thankfully a CB7, I hated the fact that my engine bay looked hideous and grimy. And honestly cleaning part by part is nearly impossible and takes too much dedication for me.. x.x So here it goes. How to remove the grime from your engine bay and leave it sparkling. (As much as an engine with 200k+ miles can sparkle)

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-Plenty of Formula 88 or any other strong degreaser
-Spray bottle for degreaser
-Lots of tire shine (This is the one I used) http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...re-spray-24oz/
-Water Hose
-Dirty CB7

**You can wrap the distributor, alternator, and fuse box in plastic to provide some extra protection** Quoting "deevergote"

Procedures
1) Start by warming up your engine to regular operating temp. Usually takes 10-15 minutes of Idling.
2) Turn your engine off and pop your hood.
3) Start spraying that degreaser EVERYWHERE. All over. Try to avoid the distributor, fuse housing, and alternator. DON'T LET THE DEGREASER SIT.
4) Hose down all the areas you sprayed with the degreaser immediately. You should immediately see the engine bay come back to life. Respray any areas you see are still dirty.
5) Let the engine cool COMPLETELY.
6) Spray the tire shine all over the hoses, wires, basically everything black
Just spray that stuff everywhere.

That simple. You should see everything come back to life and you won't hate popping your hood of your new ride for your friends.

Simple/My first guide. Hope you guys see the difference

Some Pictures of the after. Sorry no before


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Old 06-24-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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much nicer to work on than a grease pit
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Wrapping the distributor, alternator, and fuse box in plastic would provide a bit of added protection as well.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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Wrapping the distributor, alternator, and fuse box in plastic would provide a bit of added protection as well.
and please don not clear coat the engine compartment, that looks so used car dealerish

(need a good pic of salesman)
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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My bay regularly sees Simple Green and a pressure washer.




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Old 06-25-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Well I'm inspired!
I need to get my ass out of bed early this weekend so I have time for muh CB7.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:30 PM   #7
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Inspiration....lots of that on here.

However, my bright purple bay will only be looking like that til the end of the summer when an H22 will be replacing it and going with a very sombre OEM style.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:03 AM   #8
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Word of caution: avoid using degreasers, such as Greased Lightning, that have alkaline based detergents in them, as they corrode aluminum. Stick to Simple Green or citrus based degreasers.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:17 AM   #9
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Another thing that works well, and won't eat the paint is WD40 and a 1" paint brush. Spray WD on and agitate the grime with brush, spray more wd to "rinse". It is easiest done when the bay is empty- but WOW.
My bay had not been touched in its entire life, and it came out wonderfully.
This method is good for your hoses and plastic parts too.

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Old 06-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #10
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:45 PM   #11
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Another thing that works well, and won't eat the paint is WD40 and a 1" paint brush. Spray WD on and agitate the grime with brush, spray more wd to "rinse". It is easiest done when the bay is empty- but WOW.
My bay had not been touched in its entire life, and it came out wonderfully.
This method is good for your hoses and plastic parts too.
Seems like i gotta buy alot of WD40 and try this next time!
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:40 PM   #12
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My bay took one large can. I would have liked to have a little more- but one did the job.
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Old 06-26-2012, 03:40 PM   #13
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what about that little peephole in the engine? near the engine code. cover that too?
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:02 PM   #14
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #15
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what about that little peephole in the engine? near the engine code. cover that too?
Yours must be missing. There should be a rubber plug in that.
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:58 AM   #17
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Looks awesome.shit, i gotta do that to mine recently i just hosed it down real quick.it looks ok gonna hit it with simple green now thanx
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:58 PM   #18
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Should I let it dry before I start it?
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:18 AM   #19
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Should I let it dry before I start it?
Let what dry the water? no not really you can go ahead and start it. If you're going to tire spray it let it cool off completely before you spray it and let it sit for a while after.
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Another thing that works well, and won't eat the paint is WD40 and a 1" paint brush. Spray WD on and agitate the grime with brush, spray more wd to "rinse". It is easiest done when the bay is empty- but WOW.
My bay had not been touched in its entire life, and it came out wonderfully.
This method is good for your hoses and plastic parts too.
I was just wondering about this. I am not sure but I could be wrong. First I bought my Corolla and the paint was still good and no fading at all. I didn't have any wax and I wanted to protect the clear coat so I washed it and put WD-40 to protect until I could get some wax later in the week. A year go by and I do take good care of my cars, for those that know me, which are very few, the clear coat started to peel. Now almost the entire hood is peeled like burned dry skin.
Well, my CB was bought 4 years ago and never a problem with the paint. It's still original paint. However, about 2 months ago, I bought a new front grilled from the junkyard and I cleaned it with WD-40. Some dropped onto the front bumper area. I wiped it off right away and wax over it as I know WD-40 will clean grease and wax off. Now the front bump began to peel in some areas. I wash my car once a week at least, quick wash some times when it's not too dirty. I wax usually once every 2 weeks. The longest between waxing is 2 months. I use Maguiar's stuffs.
I am just wondering if the WD-40 peel the clear coat off?
By they way, I use that Rejex stuffs recently, and wow, the car is so slick and it will not let any thing bound to the paint. It's slide right off and it shines like mad and less work too.
Thanks.
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