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Old 07-11-2012, 11:41 PM   #21
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Well I hope not. I got some WD40 overspray on my fenders. And just casually wiped it with a rag that had WD40 all over it
Now I'm thinking I ought to wash it good and wax that area. Mamma always said, better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:58 PM   #22
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Gorgeous. I've always been scared to hose down my bay
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:27 AM   #23
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i tried to clean mine up one day at work while i was on break, i work a a honda dealership as a lot attendant so i have access to all the stuff porters use, but i had to hurry so i didnt get it as clean as I would have liked i guess ill just go and in next time im off and use the degresser we have, maybe throw a little vinyl dressing on there to make it a littler prettier. Like stated before the engine dressing (tire shine, vinyl dressing) is so used car dealer all the cars we have that are used have spray all over the engines.

some one recommended simple green, we have something called mean green anyone know if that is safe to use? it says its an all purpose degreaser otherwise we have some purple degreaser that i used the last time
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #24
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My bay regularly sees Simple Green and a pressure washer.



that pic right there makes me wanna go and pull my valve cover and clean it up and repaint it or even go pull one from a yard and do it up nice
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:42 AM   #25
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clean engine bay. I always use LA's totally awesome you could get it at the 99 cent store for $1.69 and to bring the shine back to life i use final touch from the 3d auto detailing store
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:33 PM   #26
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i tried to clean mine up one day at work while i was on break, i work a a honda dealership as a lot attendant so i have access to all the stuff porters use, but i had to hurry so i didnt get it as clean as I would have liked i guess ill just go and in next time im off and use the degresser we have, maybe throw a little vinyl dressing on there to make it a littler prettier. Like stated before the engine dressing (tire shine, vinyl dressing) is so used car dealer all the cars we have that are used have spray all over the engines.

some one recommended simple green, we have something called mean green anyone know if that is safe to use? it says its an all purpose degreaser otherwise we have some purple degreaser that i used the last time
Spray it down with degreaser, pressure wash it, blow dry or hand dry as much as you can and then use vinyl dressing on the plastic/rubber parts.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #27
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Mikey ur firewall is dirty, r u sure u r tellin us the truth about the washer and ur bay regulary seeing it
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:27 PM   #28
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so we can use wd-40 instead of tire shine?
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #29
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If you use a good degreaser or cleaner, you don't even need a pressure washer. I used a garden hose that didn't even have a head attachment, just used my thumb

I just used some random heavy duty cleaner from the auto store. Put it in a bucket with a little bit of water, it soaps up and I applied it with an old car wash sponge. Then just rinsed it off.
I then used an engine degreaser. Which of course dried everything up, so later I sprayed WD40 on a rag and wiped down everything in the bay. It gave everything (even the block) a natural looking shine. Not glossy, just nice and clean looking.
It also turned the rubber black again, but more than that I think a dried out hose would be more prone to cracking. Yes, WD40 removes moisture. But (correct me if I'm wrong) I think the rubber will absorb the lubricant from the WD40, which will keep it nice and soft/pliable and help it last longer.

Never at any point did I cover anything in my engine bay. With water flowing gently out of the hose, I didn't have a problem. Now, I did try to avoid hitting the alternator and dizzy and fuse box with water any more than was necessary to just rinse it off. But they definitely got wet.

Hope that answers a few questions! (and hope it all makes sense)

I'd had about 5 big ol' tall cans of Guinness, so I didn't want to go get my expensive camera to take a picture, haha. Phone pics didn't really work out in the dimly lit underground garage (apartments). And unfortunately I never took any photos before when it was dirty. If I remember (which I usually don't) I'll snap a pic this afternoon.

Waaay Funny thing is, while taking it for a spin down the street afterwards (live next to a river and the road just goes to the wharf, no through-traffic.) I saw this car doing dohnuts at the end of one of the roads. As I went down, got pulled over by an unmarked police car from behind. Then the car doing dohnuts came over and he was an unmarked too!
Gave him my licence and then passed the freakin breath test! Wooo! Had a headlight out too and my residential address hadn't been updated. He didn't believe my story that I had just washed it (which I did after the cleaning engine bay), because there was dirt and mud all over the car. I didn't tell him that I had been pulling 180s with the E-brake and spinning the front wheels on the wet roads. No speeding, just tossing the car around on empty roads at low speeds! (It had rained earlier in the day)

I know what you're thinking, why would you drive around wet roads going sideways if you just washed it? Well, like I said, 5 Guinness.


Sh*t that was a long post.. Sorry. lol.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #30
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Oh, and if you want to shine it up more than the WD40 does - rather than tyre shine, I would recommend some 'interior detailer'. Even just some Armor All Interior Detailer if you don't want to waste the Mothers or Meguiars in the engine bay. Reason being that they protect against UV rays and what not. I know that's what a bonnet/hood is for but it just seems like a better option than tyre shine for longevity. Just a suggestion
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:00 AM   #31
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Very useful info. Well I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
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