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Engine Bay Cleaning

Discussion in 'Detailing - Sponsored by Slim's Detailing' started by ScottishS3, Feb 21, 2014.

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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Hi All.

    I cleaned my engine bay today by first spraying it with engine degreaser and then using a hand held steam cleaner. Worked a treat and engine bay is spotless and like new now!

    I bought the steam cleaner in homebargain for £14.99 the other day and it's an awesome bit of kit. Very good on alloys as well.
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Can you post a pucture of the machine and the engine bay. Sounds like a good buy to me.
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    ttp://www.homebargains.co.uk/search.aspx?searchterms=steam+cleaner
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Yes, mate will do tomorrow.
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    This is the Steam Cleaner from Home Bargain. Great bit of kit and bargain price. Lots of attachments so great versatility.
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    I sprayed engine bay with de-greaser then waited a few minutes before using the steam cleaner. All grease and dirt marks lifted straight away. Here are the results:
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    Very nice
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    [Feb 22, 2014]
    That is awesome hurry up payday
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    Got one from home bargains ive one all my door hinges today works really well. Top man for the tip
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    That looks great nice job done there.
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    What do you do 2 protect the electrics as we need 2 do this with our motor?
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    Woth these steamers they have a fine nozzel meaning you keep it away from electrical areas. Its great as you can focus the steamer to where you need it.
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    which degreaser did you use as gunk leavs a residue, i am ordering that steam cleaner as it has done a mad job on yours and the pics are spot on
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    Cheers mate. I used Gunk. I had no issue whatsoever. I hear WD40 does as good a job as well.
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    Never thought about using it to clean the hard to reach places there! Guess what I'm doing tomorrow?......... ;)
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    Well impressed with the finish. Don't suppose you took any images from before you started and how long did it take you to do the engine bay? I just bought a power washer and foam lance but I think I could convince the missus we need a steam cleaner for the bathroom. ;-)
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    I didn't, I'm afraid mate. Put it this way, my missus hadn't cleaned it for the whole 6 months I was away so it was quite dirty from the winter country roads.
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    could eat my dinner of that ...
    nice>>>
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    i wish mine would look that good
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    Just finished giving my Dad's X1 a quick going over. I only spent 10 minutes on it so I didn't give it my full attention. I sprayed Gunk on the worst effected parts and after waiting a few minutes, I manipulated the worst effected areas with a detailing brush, before attacking them with the steam cleaner.

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    He's now off to get his own one from Home bargain!
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    That's a Fab job mate its done on your car !!

    Home bargains 2 mrw it is then :salute:
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    I've got mine, just need a break in the weather to give it a try. Cheers ScottishS3 for the heads up on this.

    JG
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    home bargains for me weekend too
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    The steam cleaner works great on door shuts and interiors as well!
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    Mine has arrived I ordered it online from them, can't wait to try it out 😃

    What's the best engine degreaser to use that won't make my engine bay all messed up as gunk leaves a residue,

    Fairy liquid should do it I think lol
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    I degreased mine with R222 Total Auto Wash then rinsed it and sprayed 303 Aerospace Protectant onto it wiping with a micro fibre towel and polished it up,first real clean so never went to town but good results…I think.

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    Looking good mate where did you buy that stuff from
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    [Mar 8, 2014]
    Thanks dentsy,I bought the sprays from Car Care Products | Detailing Products | Free UK Delivery you may be able to source from elsewhere cheaper,but I found in a few cases you get it cheaper for a negative reason.
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    Wow never heard that one before, we at least you don't have to pay for it,
    Might give it a go tomorrow I've got a sack full. :ninja:
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    [Mar 10, 2014]
    Just added a link to my post :icon_thumright:
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    :icon_thumright: sorry mate couldn't help myself, the child within lol
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    [Mar 11, 2014]
    Someone steam cleaned the engine bay on my car before I bought it and it killed one of the ignition coils. I'm not a fan.
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    Had a quick go at mine today fairly pleased with the results for the first clean
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    Yeah but that would have been with the industrial power wash steam cleaners that valeters use and not from these wee machines on here!
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    Looks mint mate! Good job! 😎
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    Thanks mate 😃
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    [Mar 11, 2014]
    Did you steamclean yours to Dentsy?
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    Yess mate used engine de greaser then used the nice little steamer from home bargains 😃

    It's not very powerful but if you use de greaser it gets the job done safely!!
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    Have been thinking of getting one and after see the results on yours I think I'll get one. Thanks mate
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    If your close to me mate your welcome to come found and use mine
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