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Old 05-01-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
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Cleaning engine bay

What should I use for cleaning this because it looks like shit from all the wheelin we have done,
I've pressure washed it but that doesn't really do anything

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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You don't need to scrub? Because that stuff works wonders on the soft top
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:19 PM   #4
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Strongly, strongly recommend Scrubbing Bubbles..It's a bathroom cleaner. I use this on both my Jeep and Subaru. It's like magic, basically makes the engine bay look brand new. I actually just cleaned it today, i wish i had before and after pictures.
Easy to use..Just spray the solution across the engine bey (of course covering the air box) and let it settle for a couple of minutes. Then get the hose and clean it off. Then of course wipe it down.
Best cleaning solution ive ever used.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:25 PM   #5
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Yeah I would soak some type of cleaner on it first. Then spray it down. I'd also cover the alt. Then I use some CD2 engine detailer sometimes.
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I cleaned my engine compartment recently. I used a strong mix of Pine Sol in a bucket and scrubbed the firewall, under the battery tray, everything painted using a green scrubbie. I detached a few components to get all the painted areas. I hand rinsed and wiped then hand waxed everything for a little protection before bolting the various components back on. Took all day but didn't mind doing it on a nice day.... and we've had very few nice days up here weather-wise lately.
I like the idea of bathroom cleaner and will probably try that next time.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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Yeah I think imma go get scrubbing bubbles and cd2, I know About that because I used to race motorcross
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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Damn I can't find anywhere in town that has cd2
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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Autozone had it here but it's with the degreasers and stuff not the cleaning products. They only had 2 cans. The staff didn't have any clue what it was.
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i used i think its called purple power? it did a decent job at getting the grease and oil off. but nothing for the dirt. im going to use simple green next time, i used to use that on my chevy before i sold it and it did wonders.
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So that stubbing bubble stuff didn't really work, so imma use simple green and a brush.
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So that stubbing bubble stuff didn't really work, so imma use simple green and a brush.
Really? I wish i had before and after pics. My engine bay was literally brown for the past 6 months, sprayed scrubbing bubbles on it until it turns white. then washed it with a hose. then wipe dry. Literally looks brand new. Did you get the right bathroom cleaner spray?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #13
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Just use some degreaser. Spray alot on and let it sit a minute. If it doesn't come off do it again but scrub everything
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So it turns out cd2 got bought out by turtle wax
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I have a product called Gunk: Engine Shine (cleaner & Detailer) that I used to clean up my old pick up before selling it. Seemed to have worked well, anyone have some feedback on this product before I try it again, but this time on my jeep...??
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:33 PM   #16
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Yeah that grunk stuff is all over the auto zones and orileys here, I called napa and they don't cd2 they could have it in like a month or two they told me
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Yeah that grunk stuff is all over the auto zones and orileys here, I called napa and they don't cd2 they could have it in like a month or two they told me
Gunk i believe is from the UK...its been around for years...it works!
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Well hopefully it works I don't wanna waste more money on shit haha, but thanks man for the input
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Question for those of u that said u use simple green, did u dilute it any or use it full strength, and also did u wet the engine first or spray it on the engine dry
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wet the engine then warm it up. Not hot, just good & warm. Soak it in full strength Simple Green, scrub any heavy oil areas you might have & respray then close the hood. Come back in 30 minutes & rinse well.

Take a can of F21 tire cleaner & spray all in the engine compartment (except alternator & sensitive electrical components). Spray from all angles. Spray all plastic & painted areas - everything.

Close the hood & wait 20 minutes. When you come back you will be shocked. The F21 isn't really very oily so it doesn't pick up dust & hold it like some cleaners will. Don't get me wrong, it is a little slick but just not greasy.

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i dont know if this is a viable option for you but i just go to the the nearest professional semi wash and buy a gal or two of there "citrus acid" its incredable stuff i just cover the alt air cleaner and top of my batt and dump it on...soak for 5min...rinse off ive used it several times no damage to anything yet makes all the aluminum look brand new also!
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Simple Green (original formula) can be bad juju for aluminum and magnesium parts. I would recommend getting the aircraft formula.
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Simple Green (original formula) can be bad juju for aluminum and magnesium parts. I would recommend getting the aircraft formula.
Really? Anyone else here had issues with the original formula, cuz that's what I bought, I haven't used it yet, but idk were to get the aircraft formula
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Really? Anyone else here had issues with the original formula, cuz that's what I bought, I haven't used it yet, but idk were to get the aircraft formula
Its never given me problems but I don't use it weekly or even monthly. I can't imagine you having problems using it occasionally. I wouldn't worry.
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I just tried the scrubbin bubbles, it worked like a champ. Made all plastic and rubber look new and took the stains off inside of hood
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I just tried the scrubbin bubbles, it worked like a champ. Made all plastic and rubber look new and took the stains off inside of hood
Nice. I'll try that next time.
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I just tried the scrubbin bubbles, it worked like a champ. Made all plastic and rubber look new and took the stains off inside of hood
What kind of scrubbing bubbles, they make a couple different kinds?
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when you hose down the engine, should the engine be running or not?
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Yeah which drubbing bubbles did you use because the scrubbing bubbles that I used did work at all
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I would NOT USE gunk. Harsh. Use Formula 409 instead. Works great and is mild. Use on a barely mildly warm engine that is off.

Otherwise, look for a simple degreaser that is VOC compliant-good for the environment.

Lightly wet the engine, spray degreaser, close the hood and let sit for about 10 minutes. Reapply degreaser. Let sit for 5 minutes. Wash down.

To make the engine look really new, spray a water based dressing on the engine, close the hood and let it sit for another 15 minutes. After that, wipe up excess. It'll look purty.

These are the two products I use:

Select Exterior Interior Cleaner / Degreaser | Car Brite

Select All Purpose Dressing | Car Brite

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