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How do used cars looks so clean under the hood?

How?
I'd like to clean up my under hood for some pictures.
This would be the best time for this, new intake, new harness, just before winter.

So, how do they do it? I've seen 50,000+ mile vehicles look brand new.

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How?
I'd like to clean up my under hood for some pictures.
This would be the best time for this, new intake, new harness, just before winter.

So, how do they do it? I've seen 50,000+ mile vehicles look brand new.
Car lots have detailers that hang out around back smoking dope and cleaning cars. They use a combination of chemicals to degease and clean and then dress it up for the front line. I've seen them take the better part of a day, including smoke breaks, getting an engine compartment looking good.
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so it's not a simple 15 minute high pressure steam wash
I don't want to spend a day cleaning

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so it's not a simple 15 minute high pressure steam wash
I don't want to spend a day cleaning
Depends on how dirty it is now and how clean you want to get it. There's probably a small car lot near you that would hook you up with a little bit of the chemicals for next to nothing. Hell they might even do it for you for damn near free.
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pretreat with Castrol Super Clean and pressure wash the shit out of it, dry it with a leaf blower (yes you read right )then come back with some STP Son of a gun on yer plastic and rubber....
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mine looks like this:

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haha. you're 90% home. hit it with a little steam, some son of a gun on the hoses and belts and maybe a little paint.
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is there a cheap steam cleaner I can buy locally?

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Thay clean the hell out of it and then spray it with this stuff (don't remember what its called) that makes everything shiny
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Yeah, there is some shtuff at the parts store. Kinda like armorall. Just spray the whole engine compartment after pressure washing it and let it dry.
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Yeah, there is some shtuff at the parts store. Kinda like armorall. Just spray the whole engine compartment after pressure washing it and let it dry.
The only bad thing about armoral is it becomes a dust magnet in ur compartment, so after about a week ov driving around the engine looks dirty again, i just clean mine with the garden hose and some scrubbing bubbles from walmart and then let it all dry and look like this!


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Thay clean the hell out of it and then spray it with this stuff (don't remember what its called) that makes everything shiny
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At our auction they just open all the doors, the hood a trunk and spray the crap out of everything. I seen carpet being cleaned with a high pressure sprayer. Then they silicon the crap out of it.

I NEVER take my vehicles to our Recon shop.
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I bought my Black one off of a car lot..they had just gotten it in, they said they would detail it while I was gone to the bank...I told them if they siliconed ANYTHING on it, the deal was off....I hate that stuff....nice and purty, but messy in the long run...

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When I bought my 94 from a used lot, they had the whole undercarrige painted in that rubberized undercoating. They even covered the dirt, mud, grease and everything else under there with it. When I was on a test drive with the salesman, we thought the truck was on fire because it was smoking and stinkin so bad from the stuff burning off the exhaust.
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I ran a used car lot while I was going to college - the first time.
Cheap labor and pressure washer. I had to do it once myselfbecause the kid was late and I had to roll the car out. He was so fired. Pressure Washer... couple cans of engine degreaser... A cart full of shop towells... spray bottles full of Simple Green and Formula 2000.... and a lot more patience than I had at the time.

Now? SUPER WASH. Get the engine hot, hit it with the degreaser until I run out of time. Let it sit 10 minutes. Rinse with high pressure and then degreaser again till you run out of time. Let sit 10 minutes. repeat one more time and that should do it. Everything should be clean.
Then soak a rag with Formula 2000 and wipe down everything that's black.
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i used Simple Green concentrate, and diluted it to about 3:1, sprayed it on my engine compartment (with a 3 gallon weed sprayer bottle), let it sit, then sprayed it on there again, and got a heavy duty brush and scrubbed all the grease and dirt off used my hose to wash it all away, then let that dry and hit it w/ a bottle of Engine Degreaser, they sell it at AutoZone and places like that. then i was done, here are some pics afew days later.






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