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Old Wed, Aug-18-2010, 02:28:57 PM   #11
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This is one of the last detailing things I haven't done on my M since I bought it. I've got the materials, but does anyone have a tutorial with specifics on what areas need to be protected, besides the DME area by the driver's side door?

You know you've gone off the deep end when you're cleaning the INSIDE of the exhaust tips.

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When cleaning the engine bay make sure to cover the alternator. The extra solvents etc in any cleaner/dressing can cause pre-mature wear of the internal components. I've seen old towels used, but the best method is to utilize aluminum foil. Just make sure you remove the aluminum foil prior to starting your ride to dry out the bay or driving off .....common sense I know, but I forgot once. Thankfully I remembered pretty quick and hadn't driven off. A trick I now use to make sure I don't forget to remove the aluminum foil is I wrap a piece of foil around my key chain. This way I remind myself to remove the foil from the alternator before starting the car.

As for a dressing. I am a fan of CD2 engine detailer after a degrease with P21S TAW (Swissvax detail brushes are great for this) and wash (I use Megs Gold Class shampoo).

A before and after:

CD2 buffed



A few more afters (CD2 not buffed):




I prefer the buffed look, but to each his own. The thing I like about buffed CD2 is that it doesn't attract dust. I went on a 700 mile trip after my detail last year and the engine bay still looked amazing even after a few miles on a dirt road.
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Go to coined operated pressure washer and pressure wash the engine. It won't hurt anything. I did this about once a year for 10 years with my 1990 Carrera 2 and about once a year for 8 years with my 2002 BMW M3. Never a problem. I wasn't even careful about where I sprayed the water.

What a horrible idea!!! Do not power wash your engine. Get some quick detailing spray like opti or meguiars and carefully spray and wipe the engine bay down one step at a time. I wouldn't even take a hose to the engine let alone a power washer. You may get an empty spray bottle and fill it with water and spray down the tight areas you cant get your hand into.

If there is any residual water, grab your electric leaf blowe and blow out all the standing water.
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just dont get the alternator, battery, or any wires wet. cover them with plastic bag or something then go to town on the rest of the engine. remember your engine gets wet all the time when it rains just dont spray directly onto the wires and you will be safe.
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I misted the engine bay, then sprayed simple green and then wiped stuff with a big damp sponge and gently rinsed. Don't use a jet of water, and avoid electronic stuff. Towel dry.
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just dont get the alternator, battery, or any wires wet. cover them with plastic bag or something then go to town on the rest of the engine. remember your engine gets wet all the time when it rains just dont spray directly onto the wires and you will be safe.
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I've been curious/reluctant about running water gently over my engine bay. Somebody told me it gets wet all the time in the rain... so I decided to check.

It rained steadily all day today in DC. I drove 20 miles each way in steady hard rain. From what I could tell with a quick look, none of the top of the engine was wet. I looked down inside and couldn't see any moisture either.

So while I think some water gets in the engine bay, I don't think every part gets wet or covered. It didn't at least look drenched like I was led to believe.
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My '05 with 70K miles on it is the cleanest engine bay you will find. I am confident of that. The hood is opened after each use for cool down and wiped and polished almost nightly. Clean all the way down to the underside and cleaner now than when I took delivery in '05.. Anyone who walks into my garage is stunned at how clean my engine bay is... Main products are P21S and Adams In-and-Out plus some secret recipies ....



And this was before wrapping the intake in 3M CF di-Noc...
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I used Purple Power Degreaser that comes in a pop up towel dispenser.

Apply gloves and just wipe away. Used about half the towels and no water.
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Default Re: Engine Bay Cleaning Recommendations?

good info. I'm gonna do the easiest way - just for sanitation. Not going for show status.
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You know you've gone off the deep end when you're cleaning the INSIDE of the exhaust tips.
I do this! I use an SOS pad to get most of the grime off the tips, muffler, and the INSIDE of the tips, then followup with 3M Metal polish for that awesome shine. It REALLY brightens up the back of the car, IMO.



PS: Careful with that SOS pad, only use on heavy chrome, of course, do NOT use on any painted surfaces.
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