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Mary S
Mar 7th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Hi, today I did my first engine compartment detail, also the first one for my car, a 1997 Ford Explorer. Needless to say, after 13 years with no cleaning, it needed work. I have wanted to do this for a long time, just didn't know how.

My process was to rinse the engine compartment with a hose, then I sprayed everywhere with Super Degreaser 1:4. Then I used a nylon bristle detail brush to scrub the greasier parts and also used microfibers to clean.

Then I rinsed with a hose and again sprayed everywhere with SD 1:4 and again scrubbed and wiped. I rinsed with a hose one more time and let it pretty much dry.

Then I sprayed Hyper Dressing 1:4 and wiped it around and repeated this. I seemed to be getting droplets that were too big so I couldn't mist it. I probably should have adjusted my sprayer.

Miraculously, the engine started up when I was done.

This is still some work to do, but it looks a lot better.

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Raykreations
Mar 7th, 2010, 05:08 PM
Great Job!:coolgleam

J. A. Michaels
Mar 7th, 2010, 05:16 PM
Congrats on the engine detail. Looks very good. Way to go.

dvtldav
Mar 7th, 2010, 05:18 PM
Great job.

Dave

Michael Stoops
Mar 8th, 2010, 09:45 AM
Let's see here...... you've been on MOL less than a month, you've only got 42 posts, you're learning how to use a rotary buffer (the correct way, we should add!) and now you're doing extreme make overs on engine bays.

We've created a monster!!!!:spot:spot:spot:spot:spot


Absolutely fantastic work, Marcki!! That looks like a new engine bay!

DanDaMan
Mar 9th, 2010, 05:50 PM
Great job. I just cleaned my '04 Sienna bay for the first time. I wish I would have taken some before photos. After using a mild detergent, I really liked how UQD spruced things up. I now will be doing the maintenance plan on it for here on out.:woot2:woot2

kimchiyuk
Mar 9th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Great turnaround!!!

Erik Mejia
Mar 9th, 2010, 06:50 PM
Hyper Dressing @ 4:1 is king when it comes to dressing freshly cleaned engine compartments! Looks good, great job.

ripple_effect
Mar 21st, 2010, 11:54 PM
Kudos sir. Nice job.

Iczy
Mar 22nd, 2010, 03:05 AM
... Radical improvement. Great job.

agp56
Mar 22nd, 2010, 04:44 AM
An excellent job. Just another great example of an educated detailer using appropriate supplies and solid technique!

JoeDirt
Mar 22nd, 2010, 10:07 AM
Great job- way to make the Five-oh shine! :D

rm328
Mar 27th, 2010, 02:57 AM
Thats impressive! Excellent work.

stump
Mar 28th, 2010, 05:36 AM
very nice work man, congratulations!

MrCLRider
Mar 28th, 2010, 05:55 AM
Bravo man! Amazing what a little bit of time and elbow grease can accomplish! Keep it up.

Jossy92
Mar 28th, 2010, 07:18 AM
Thanks for the great write up. I have a camera....my Pictures are not up to snuff.
Going to try your layout when I get some more practice.

roger3380
Dec 24th, 2014, 05:50 AM
great turn around looks new again