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Motor cleaning.

What do you guys use to clean your motor and make it shine?

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Internally I use Gumout.

Exterior wise I just use a dry cloth and some engine spray from walmart... not sure of the brand but any should work fine, just dont overdo it.
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I don't really use anything more than just a damp rag and wipe down the engine bay every other car wash. If you maintain your engine bay, (any part of the car for that matter) you won't have to work as hard to make it look nice. I really don't feel the need to put any dressing in the engine bay to make it shiny but you can if you want. If your engine bay is really dirty, you can use some degreaser and light scrub before doing a quick light spray of water. I haven't done this to my car but we used to do this at a dealership i used to work for to make used cars look nice but be warned, I did that once to a car that had no seal on the distributor so it got wet inside and it made a real headache to try to figure out what was wrong.

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Engine Brite Citrus Engine Shine Degreaser and Detailer , terry cloth, tooth brush.

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How to Detail Your Engine Bay – Detailed Image

i followed this, i just put a plastic bag over the alternator and distributor to be safe, and your cone filter if you have one

used simple green (from any auto parts store), but i believe any apc will work, just dont let the degreaser/apc dwell too long if youre working in the sun

used ez brush to agitate and get to deeper spots, rinsed off lightly with hose after i scrubbed everything, and wiped down with some 303 aerospace
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Simple green is risky to use on aluminum since it can corrode it, I steer clear of that stuff when it comes to anything on paint or aluminum.

The stuff I've used for years, which is also paint/aluminum/plastic friendly is FOAMY ENGINE BRITE. It's great stuff- it doesnt smell bad, isnt corrosive and is a great all around cleaner.
I also use water in a spray bottle to rinse the dirt/grime away, and dry everything up with compressed air (not the can, I have an air compressor)

I just finished detailing my bay a bit, Ill snap a few pics once im all finished

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oo i didn't know that about simple green, i just read a bit bout it and they recommend not letting it dwell on aluminum parts for over 10 minutes. it worked fine for me though.

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I don't know if this is even safe but it works and looks amazing. I spray very little tire shine on some parts. It shines the engine bay and makes it look brand new. just don't know if its safe though lol

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If u want to shine your engine bay then use silicon lubricant in the spray can, it's what most dealerships such as Cadillac use to actually detail the engine and just wipe off any excess over spray. Worked for tons of dealers so ive seen it done personally.

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