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Engine Bay Cleaning

Post by OLY92P » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:11 am

Never cleaned under the bonnet before, wondering what areas of my E82 I should be covering with clingfilm or bags before I get started?

Guessing just anything that looks electrical, battery and terminals ect.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Post by marco_polo » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:34 am

Don't do what Iby did, and flood the engine bay with a jet wash! His car ran like sh*t for a while. http://www.babybmw.net/viewtopic.php?f= ... ne#p315064

I'd use a damp rag, a damp + soapy brush (wheel / paint brush), and very little water. I'd then finish off with some 303Aerospace or similar.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Post by Mr Pitt » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:43 am

As Marco has said, damp cloth will be fine as a starter,..
you can buy all the brushes along with all the correct chemicals for doing a proper detail but it will cost £££ this took me about an hour, I did use some old detailing brushes I had along with some autobrite direct products, but they were not specific for engine bay cleaning. Image

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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Post by OLY92P » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:07 am

This is all I'm really after to be honest. Not too fuused about going to far with it, just abit of a clean up.

I was going to use Britemax Grimeout with some brushes. Was then just worrying about washing this off, suppose i could do it with a damp cloth instead of low pressure wash or hose.
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Re: Engine Bay Cleaning

Post by Mr Pitt » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:17 pm

OLY92P wrote:
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:07 am
This is all I'm really after to be honest. Not too fuused about going to far with it, just abit of a clean up.

suppose i could do it with a damp cloth instead of low pressure wash or hose.
I made that same decision, based on how much work would be needed to prep the engine bay to use a pressure washer - just apply the product sparingly so there is not so much to remove by hand afterwards, -
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