Engine Bay Tidy Up

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Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by Rubix_Cube » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:16 am

Hey folks, just got my E82 135i and can't wait for a good day to give it a proper clean. The previous owner had it " cleaned" before I collected it but the scuttle panels, door shuts, boot shuts and engine bay are a mess. I will be giving it a full once over but I would like some solid advice on how to clean and restore the engine bay? I will try and get a picture to horrify you later but for now just imagine a 73,000 mile car that no one has even cleaned the engine bay... :shock:

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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by marco_polo » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:41 am

Not too much water. It will take a light spritz, but people on here have broken their cars in the past with high power jet washes and steam cleaners.

I'd go with a nice big paintbrush and some APC, wipe off with a damp cloth.
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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by Rubix_Cube » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:08 pm

Yeah I have massive fear for jet washing an engine bay... You tube vids show people doing it but I'm like " :shock: :shock: :shock:

Any recommendations of an all purpose cleaner?

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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by dark_cobra » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:15 pm

I'd recommend Built Hamber Surfex HD
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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by marco_polo » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:38 pm

I'm currently using Valet Pro Citrus, but I'd give Gtechniq - W2 a go, or the Bilt Hamber suggested above.
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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by Comingoutsideways » Tue May 14, 2019 5:08 pm

Just done mine this weekend and Valet Pro citrus and a brush is a good combo. I take the cover off my E82 and clean that outside the car, then use a bin liners to cover the main part of the engine whilst I clean the other bits around d it to stop water going all over. Only use a normal hose though to be safe and don't go crazy spraying everywhere!

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Re: Engine Bay Tidy Up

Post by robsaboy » Tue May 14, 2019 5:51 pm

I've just been watching this....handy for this thread.

https://youtu.be/QmSHfoHmQmY
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