: How do used cars looks so clean under the hood?


Fireguy50
09-18-2004, 07:53 AM
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.

Blaze
09-18-2004, 08:01 AM
5 gallons of sillicon....

FlaMudslinger
09-18-2004, 08:02 AM
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.

Fireguy50
09-18-2004, 08:50 AM
so it's not a simple 15 minute high pressure steam wash :shrug
I don't want to spend a day cleaning :cry

FlaMudslinger
09-18-2004, 09:08 AM
so it's not a simple 15 minute high pressure steam wash :shrug
I don't want to spend a day cleaning :cry
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.

willjones4
09-18-2004, 09:09 AM
pretreat with Castrol Super Clean and pressure wash the shit out of it, dry it with a leaf blower (yes you read right :toothless )then come back with some STP Son of a gun on yer plastic and rubber.... :thumbup

Fireguy50
09-18-2004, 09:24 AM
mine looks like this:
http://www.fordfuelinjection.com/bronco/intake_swap/end-day1.jpg

FlaMudslinger
09-18-2004, 09:33 AM
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.

Fireguy50
09-18-2004, 10:09 AM
is there a cheap steam cleaner I can buy locally?

FlaMudslinger
09-18-2004, 10:41 AM
:shrug ours came from Matco, I think.

MikE2
09-18-2004, 02:56 PM
Thay clean the hell out of it and then spray it with this stuff (don't remember what its called) that makes everything shiny

Lookinfurfun
09-18-2004, 08:32 PM
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.

Gator Guy 26
09-18-2004, 08:41 PM
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!
http://www.supermotors.org/getfile.php?id=145882&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg

-Dennis

Blaze
09-18-2004, 10:05 PM
Thay clean the hell out of it and then spray it with this stuff (don't remember what its called) that makes everything shiny
Yeah, there is some shtuff at the parts store.
IT'S SILICON DAMNIT!!! :twak
I allready told ya.... :duh

mda
09-18-2004, 10:27 PM
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.

Blaze
09-19-2004, 12:41 AM
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...:shrug

MikE2
09-19-2004, 02:37 AM
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.

Mad Ogre
09-19-2004, 03:17 AM
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.
That's about it.

Mad Ogre
09-19-2004, 03:18 AM
Double tapped.
:slap

MuddyBronco13
09-19-2004, 03:53 AM
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.

http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=104072&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg
http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=104073&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg
http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=104074&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg


hope that helps

85f150
09-19-2004, 11:26 AM
steam cleaner gets off the thickest, dried oil or goop where ever it is. The county road commision has one and when i work there it is what we used to clean the plow trucks, loaders and all that shit. knocks the hydraulic fluid right off, the kind that has leaked for a year and a big build up of shit. we have now switched to a hot pressure washer with optional soap and it sucks in comparision..i mean it works awesome on oil but nothing like a pure steam cleaner

Fireguy50
09-19-2004, 02:16 PM
I just want to take some pictures of the new set up. Really don't care if it gets dirty agian 2 weeks later.

gobucs
09-19-2004, 08:09 PM
You best bet would be to go to a car lot and just ask the detailer to do it for you for some money. I have seen people ruin coils, dizzy, comps, alts, etc from either the degreaser killing it or the water. The real degreaser not that simple green crap is really good with only acid better but not something you want to experiment with. Degreaser can also ruin paint if not removed timely. ]

To shine any oil based item will work, my lot uses tire and vynol shine.

Bilzhorse
09-19-2004, 09:24 PM
I would never use a "high pressure washer" under the hood. Maybe the under carraige. Using it on the engine will get you water where it was never supposed to go. Of course, if you don't mind screwing up some electronics, then go ahead.(MHO)

Fireguy50
09-20-2004, 12:05 AM
looks like this now, cleaned a few things.
http://www.fordfuelinjection.com/bronco/intake_swap/end-day7.jpg

I still want to clean off the plastic fender wells

Fireguy50
09-20-2004, 12:06 AM
A/C compressor looks like crap :(

BikerPepe`
09-20-2004, 06:46 AM
damn, missed all the good suggestions! :banghead
worked as a lot lizard for years around this town... everything from MAZDA Dealer, to Caddy Restoration, and Corvette Specialties... and that was before my A.A.S. in Auto Body... you've already got great advice, but nothing can replace elbow grease (with the exception of a little metal prep acid carefull applied on aluminum. :toothless )

Fireguy50
09-20-2004, 09:19 PM
probably as good as it will get:
http://www.fordfuelinjection.com/bronco/engine/engine.jpg

Not as clean as I wanted, but more work than I wanted to do.
I think the red / blue plug wires ruin the look anyway. Too poor to buy a matched set when these are working.

MikE2
09-20-2004, 09:29 PM
worked as a lot lizard for years around this town... )
I always thought a lot lizard was a truckstop prostitute

BikerPepe`
09-20-2004, 11:28 PM
yikes... never heard that one. :shocked
OK, make that Car Lot Attendant! :goodfinge

Fireguy50
09-20-2004, 11:30 PM
Ryan :twak Pepe
What no coment on the looks of my engine

:cry no body loves me

Bronkzilla
09-20-2004, 11:43 PM
so uh, when are you gonna clean it?

BikerPepe`
09-21-2004, 01:55 AM
so uh, when are you gonna clean it?
:histerica


Not too shabby Ryan!
Mine was horrible before the swap... but it's much better now. :goodfinge

ColoradoBronc
09-21-2004, 01:59 AM
I've pressure washed mine a few times. Just let it dry out real good and it's fine. The only way to get it really purdy is to take it apart and clean and paint it.

origin
09-21-2004, 02:21 AM
here is mine after the engine swap.......

http://nelson.macd.ca/new351-28.jpg

http://nelson.macd.ca/new351-27.jpg

BikerPepe`
09-21-2004, 02:46 AM
sucker for a pic opportunity that I am...
http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=105502&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg
http://www.superford.org/getfile.php?id=105506&toggle=fullsize&f=.jpg


Cool work on the intake origin! :thumbup

Bronkzilla
09-21-2004, 02:55 AM
i never understood that picture pepe.. are you flipping yourself off or is the engine flipping you off? m :shrug :brownbag

Fireguy50
09-21-2004, 02:58 AM
clean or dirty, my intake kicks ass!

BikerPepe`
09-21-2004, 03:05 AM
i never understood that picture pepe.. are you flipping yourself off or is the engine flipping you off? m :shrug :brownbag
that's not my finger... I snapped a pic and one of my bro's gave me the salute. :toothless

clean or dirty, my intake kicks ass!
yep :thumbup

trout8200
09-21-2004, 01:15 PM
To bad your done already, you could of had one of the flunkies from msu do it for a 40oz. :beer

Fireguy50
09-21-2004, 01:31 PM
:lolup