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Engine Bay Advice

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by AUDI_ADDICT, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. AUDI_ADDICT
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    Morning all,

    Can someone tell me if I need to cover anything before getting the pressure washer on my engine bay? Ive read various threads & guides which say to cover 'sensetive' parts with foil or something to avoid water saturation, but Im not sure exactly what?!

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    Things like battery and filter 'look' sealed...but i dont want to cause more harm than good.

    Have CG degreaser & brushes, but will need some sort of protectant.

    Thanks in advance
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    I washed my S8 engine yesterday...

    Used my degreaer, sprayed everywhere, worked in with brushes... when happy, I turned the power washer onto a low setting and jet washed it... I'm just careful not to stand to close nor keep the spray on any point for a while...

    after that, a quick wipe with a drying towel, then switched the engine on to help dry out and cover in 303 aerospace...

    I normally do this with all modern engines, no need to cover anything (IMO)

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    nice beading from the protection... :lol:

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    Nice work cueball! Is 303 just "spray and leave"?
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    Cheers.... I spray (a lot) and leave for anything up to 4 hours... and quickly give them a wipe from there... works really well on all the 'plastic fantastic' engines...

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    S***!!! That looks the nuts! Thanks for the replies..I was tempted just to use a hose to rinse as the main cleaning is done by the degreaser product. I shall acquire some 303 and have a go next weekend..

    Anyone know of a good mobile mechanic in case it goes t*ts up???
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    I snow foam the bay on a low pressure, adgetate it with detail brush, rinse off with low pressure then degreaser. After its all rinsed off and dried, 303 it :) works everytime.
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    Nice..I have both so might give it a foam and if anything mode sinister remains I'll have at it with the degreaser

    Gracias..
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    Also, that plastic faring with the Audi rings on can obviously be removed and cleaned separately....or would you leave it on?
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    I have major OCD, of course they all come off.... :tocktock:

    I clean and protect my undertrays as well..... :jester:

    LOL
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    [Feb 24, 2013]
    That's not OCD my friend...that's just good sense!
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    [Apr 3, 2013]
    Well, finally had a crack at the engine bay. This was as brave as I dare get..

    Before..

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    After..

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    Hit it with degreaser & a brush..then rinsed with a hose & some 303 Aerospace protectant. Not great..but a damn sight better than before!! :thumbsup:
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    [Apr 3, 2013]
    looks good.... job well done

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    [Apr 3, 2013]
    Nice improvement!
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