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Thread: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

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    Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    I did this engine detail a few years back on my 1991 Civic Si with 105,000 orig km

    I used WD-40 and a paintbrush and 4 microfiber towels.
    Works amazing on 20 year old buildup of dirt and rustproofing. No joke.
    Car had been sitting for 10+ years.
    I basically spent 4 afternoons/evenings total on it. (about 20 hours total)

    Note: Some parts were replaced during the restoration.
    - new battery
    - new radiator + cap
    - new plug wires
    - some new nuts and bolts
    - powdercoated valve cover
    - new engine mount
    - new exhaust manifold heat shield
    - Painted black clutch cable bracket


    STEP BY STEP:

    1. Go to the automotive store, buy 2 cans of WD-40 , 4 microfiber towels, paintbrush.
    2. Open Hood.
    3. remove battery, air filter box and arm, fuse box cover, wiper motor, map sensors assembly, coolant overflow tank, move away side wires and tubes on shock towers.
    4. Start attacking the dirtiest parts with WD-40.
    5. Spray and brush/agitate the grime/dirt
    6. Wipe off dirt with towel.
    7. Once all the bay is clean, you can buff and polish the paint around the bay and dress the rubber hoses with rubber and vynil dressing.

    Keep doing this until all dirt is removed. It takes a while, but well worth it.
    WD-40 wont remove the paint.







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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    Clean!
    WD40 is great stuff.
    Everybody thinks it was invented by NASA but it was invented by a bloke called Norm Larsen from the RCC (Rocket Chemical Company) to prevent nuclear missiles from rusting.
    It also smells quite nice. :lol:

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    :tu: fantastic work,....how much ours take it?.. :lol: :lol:
    ANd see that you respray lot of parts,....a some new parts,....but fantastic job!!! :tu:

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    Quote Originally Posted by ArnieGT
    :tu: fantastic work,....how much ours take it?.. :lol: :lol:
    ANd see that you respray lot of parts,....a some new parts,....but fantastic job!!! :tu:
    Around 20 hours total.

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    wd40 and a brush only :shock: ? no pressure washer ?

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    wd40 is the bees knees at getting oil/grime off plug wires and other rubber items as well :tu:

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    :tu: great I tried it today, and the old oil removes perfectly :tu:
    I am using WD40 lubricant as long, but as a household cleaner, it never occurred to me

    Thank you for good idea :tu:

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    wow, thats a crazy big difference. Great job on the detail. I need you to come over to my place. Ive got a few engine bays that need some help.

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    This is just unbelievable!!!
    Will try it for sure...

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    Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)

    I don't know what's more unbelievable, the sparkle of the newly cleaned engine bay, or the condition it was in prior! Great job!

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