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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject:  Engine bay cleaning tips? Reply with quote

My 04' has a dirty engine bay & I have to fix it! Its not grease/oil leaks, just 10 year old road grime everywhere. What are some products & tips you all use? Its a broad, general question but I'm curious.

For instance, some bonehead mechanic wrote down in permanent marker things like oil changes, coolant flushes, ect, on the fenderwells & radiator support. I scrubbed at them with ever increasing toxic chemicals, ending up with Acetone which wipes out paint but wont touch a Sharpie (dont try this! trust me). I will have to repaint some areas like this but what about the rest? The underside of the hood-its nasty, brake booster area, the whole "body section" is just bad looking.

I've had luck with the spray on foamy engine cleaner types before (repeated applications) but this one is a little tougher. I'm sold on Mothers products but they dont really have a product for this.
Thanks for any tips!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:20 pm    Post subject:  Re: Engine bay cleaning tips? Reply with quote

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For instance, some bonehead mechanic wrote down in permanent marker things like oil changes, coolant flushes, ect, on the fenderwells & radiator support. I scrubbed at them with ever increasing toxic chemicals, ending up with Acetone which wipes out paint but wont touch a Sharpie (dont try this! trust me).


Damn man. Did you try plain on rubbing alcohol before resorting to acetone? I can't use a regular sharpie on any of my lab stuff because it gets wiped out with any alcohol.

Anyways... for cleaning out the grime and nastiness I always used Simple Green cut with a bit of water. Google for it and you'll find lots of people that do the same. Just make sure you cover up the electrical components before you do it.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the county beach permits are filled out in Sharpie, I seen them make a mistake ans use DOT3 Brake Fluid to clean the sharpie off without damaging the screen print ink on the permit

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

In the past I have used Simple Green. I buy the 1 gallon and use the spray bottle. That way I can make it as strong as I need it to be. I used to just spray it all over the engine and engine area then either rinse it off with the hose at the house or pressure wash it at the car wash.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks! I did try the alcohol first, then on to brake cleaner, cleaner wax, then it just got crazy Embarassed I think "Goof Off" was in there somewhere too, it was a mess of chemicals!

I've never had luck with Simple Green but I may have been mixing it with too much water-worried about it being too strong. What would be a good mix for general road grime cleaning? I'm not looking for showcar clean, just dont want to be in for a greasy mess when I have to work on it.
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