Engine detailing

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  1. notaniceperson

    notaniceperson -I'm an ASSHOLE!

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    I need tips on how to make this engine bay look good for trading the truck in.

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    Looking to spend as little as possible, just want to get all the dirt and shit off and make it shiny for the dealer.
     
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    damn nigga, you offroad the hummer much?
     
  3. MartyFukstein

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    1. Mask off all electricals with masking tape.
    2. Start car.
    3. Wet engine with hose.
    4. Spray Simple Green everywhere.
    5. Hose off.
    6. Spray Armor All everywhere.
    7. Remove masking tape.
    8. Close hood and let car idle for 10 min.

    Turn off engine and open hood after 10 min. Wipe down by hand any dirt you missed.

    You'll like what you see.
     
  4. notaniceperson

    notaniceperson -I'm an ASSHOLE!

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    For electrical, other than the alternator what do you mean? Would a pressure washer be more effective on a low setting?

    THanks, Ill follow the rest with the simple green and armor all.

    And yeah nigga, we off road the fuck out of that bitch. It isn't some nambly pambly fucking grocery getter. (at least not ALL the time)
     
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    I would use a citrus cleaner, and spray it on pretty much everything minus the electrical parts. After letting the citrus soak in, I'd get a brush and break up all the dirty areas followed by a rag and bucket of warm water. To top it off, I'd use Auto Glym Bumper Care(similiar to Meg's back to black), on all the black plastic to bling it up.

    My brush of choice would be the Swissvax Pneu brush.
     
  6. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    Damn, I never realized how crowded the H2 engine bay is.... :greddy:
     
  7. quamen

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    Dude i have been detailing for the past 12 years no need to mask and all that other crap. I have done tons of hummers and can clean that engine in no time. Run the engine for a couple minutes shut it down and blast the hell out of it with pressure washer, normal pressure you would use for washing the exterior. Use some full strength degreaser like purple power or something simliar, squirt it all over the engine. Let it setup for a few minutes and literally blast the hell out of it all that dirt will just fall off. The only place i wouldn't spray full strength is under the hood painted part, because the chemical might stain. Start it up for a few minutes and let it dry. Spray some shiny stuff all over and your done.

    Just make sure to wash the fenders down after, because you don't realize some heavy cleaner will get on them, so you don't want it staining. Should take you less then 10 minutes.



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  8. notaniceperson

    notaniceperson -I'm an ASSHOLE!

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    THats about what I did, Ill post up pics in a bit.

    Shit looked WAY better than before!
     
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    thank you! now that's how you clean an engine! fuck taping this covering that
     
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    i used to be more cautious, but i realized that there is nothing to worry about. the only problem i had were on some vw, where i assume a sensor would get wet and it would say check engine. Unhook the batt for 5 min and replace and it was all good.
     
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    Water always wins over older VW/Audi coilpacks.

    The only thing I avoid is directly spraying pressurized water into the electrical components (coils, alternator, dist). Have had a handful of cars out of thousands develop a starting problem, but usually on those equipped with a distributor. Then it's just a matter of removing soaked components and drying them.
     
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    car with caps on them, i typically leave running while doing the detail.
     
  13. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    :werd: The only thing I ever do is drape an old shop rag over the alternator to keep water from getting directly in it. Then before I start the engine back up I blow the worst of the water off with a leaf blower or the blow gun from my air compressor.
     
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    understandable. depending on what it is, I'll usually run the engine while i clean.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    I'd cover coil packs and distributors. Otherwise, just don't hit any electrical components with 1500 psi wands and run the engine after cleaning until it is dry.
     
  16. MartyFukstein

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    Always run the engine while you clean it.

    And 99% of the time, you can get away without masking anything.

    But Audis, V8 Explorers, V12 Jaguars, and cars with custom stereo equipment have burned more than a few detailers to the cost of $1k+.
     
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    i don't cover anything, and I've never had an issue. but be warned, something about an engine clean always made us have to jump off the square body tahoes and subs.
     
  18. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    My buddy has an old Z56 (cop) Tahoe, every time it even rains the thing misses, let alone trying to clean the engine :mamoru:
     
  19. 91RS

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    You won't have any problems not covering anything up on the H2. Vehicles to worry about are ones with coil over plug designs because if water gets down below the coil into the hole it will short out the spark plug and cause the engine to skip.
     
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    run the engine even if it has a mechanical fan? seems like that would not only deflect any water sprayed at the front of the engine but also be a bit risky.
     
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    :bowdown: ABout the only thing I cover is the alternator, and I do a half assed job on that. Never had a problem, don't even use a pressure washer. Just hose it down with Castrol super clean, let it sit for a few, rinse with a good stream from the hose, cover in tire foam, close hood, start car (if not already running), profit. It's so simple and customers are baffled at how you got the engine so clean. They usually think it takes hours, so the tip goes up!

    Only thing I hate are the fabric insulators on the bottom of the hood. Anyone have a good way of cleaning those fucking dirt magnets??
     
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    rrrrriiiiippppp

    oh wait, you want to keep stuff in tact. my bad
     
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    :rofl:
     

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