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The secret in engine detailing is to use a water based dressing to seal the plastic and rubber after degreasing. The owner was amazed when he picked up this car.



 

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The engine on my Silverado is kind of dirty. Can this be power sprayed off with water, without doing damage to anything?
 

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I forgot that new solstice owners don't have dirty engines. It is dangerous to spray water on an engine although I have heard people doing it. This one took me 3 hours by hand. Gary
 

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Since I do this for a living I have access to a variety of professional supplies not available to the public. They make a chemical for about every application you can think of in detailing. Sometimes I think its overkill, but they work. Gary
 

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For those of us who don't have access to those professional supplies that you can buy, what would you recommend by way of supplies we could get a hold of for cleaning and detailing an engine bay and undercarriage?
 

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I didn't really get any response from last time, and I figured it's been long enough to where I should try asking again seeing how spring is coming up and I bet some people would like to know as well as myself. What exactly is the best way to go about cleaning and detailing your engine bay? And what cleaners do you suggest. Thanks.
 

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I use mild car wash soap, sprayed through a yard chemical pressure sprayer (low pressure spray), with warm water, on a cool engine. I'll then use the same low pressure spray to rinse. If there is a tough greasy spot, I'll use simple green or Foamy Engine Brite. In the last 3 years, I sold a '93 Jeep with 125,000 miles on it and a 99 Silverado with over 120,000. I did this at least every three months, and it never, ever, caused a problem, and the engines looked great and added resale value. I'll do the same with my Solstice.
 

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turbomangt said:
The secret in engine detailing is to use a water based dressing to seal the plastic and rubber after degreasing. The owner was amazed when he picked up this car.

Looks awesome ....
 

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turbomangt said:
The secret in engine detailing is to use a water based dressing to seal the plastic and rubber after degreasing. The owner was amazed when he picked up this car.



Can you tell me what would be an example of a "water based dressing"? I'd appreciate a P.M. if it's something that can't be shared publicly, thanks.;)
 

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DanW said:
I use mild car wash soap, sprayed through a yard chemical pressure sprayer (low pressure spray), with warm water, on a cool engine. I'll then use the same low pressure spray to rinse. If there is a tough greasy spot, I'll use simple green or Foamy Engine Brite. In the last 3 years, I sold a '93 Jeep with 125,000 miles on it and a 99 Silverado with over 120,000. I did this at least every three months, and it never, ever, caused a problem, and the engines looked great and added resale value. I'll do the same with my Solstice.

I sooooo agree concerning resale value. A used-car buyer's first impression is critical! In '03, I sold my '93 Explorer w/ 170,000 miles in a week. I believe the quick sale was due to the detail job...
 
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