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 Post subject: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:43 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:32 pm 
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Clean! :D
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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:36 am 

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: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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:44 am 
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ArnieGT wrote:
: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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:34 am 

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


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:35 pm 
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wd40 is the bees knees at getting oil/grime off plug wires and other rubber items as well :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:14 pm 

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: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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:52 pm 

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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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:20 am 
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This is just unbelievable!!!
Will try it for sure...

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:41 am 

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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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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:54 am 
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Thanks guys.
The job itself is tedious and time consuming, but well worth it in the end.


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:11 pm 
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Everybody post pics of your before+after WD40. I want to see more results. This is just amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:37 pm 

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Wow. that looks amazing.

Is this safe to do on a concrete drive way, or will all the dripping from grease and oil stain it?

TIA


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:41 pm 
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s300ae wrote:
Wow. that looks amazing.

Is this safe to do on a concrete drive way, or will all the dripping from grease and oil stain it?

TIA


Its safe. The oil will eventually dry up.


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:06 pm 

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This is ridiculously impressive! Great job.

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:17 pm 
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503Alex wrote:
This is ridiculously impressive! Great job.

thanks ! :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 5:55 pm 
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Thought I would try this trick on my 38 year old engine bay. I spent maybe 2 hours on this to see if it would work..

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:41 am 

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:tu: Nice and shiny again, :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:00 am 
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LA's awesome also does a great job, and it's at the dollar store! 32 oz bottle. My intake was literally black from years of grime, taking a toothbrush about a bottle, it came out nice and shiney.


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 Post subject: Re: Engine Bay detailing using WD-40 (info + pics)
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:19 pm 
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Came out good Kiwi808.. but it wasnt that grimey to begin with...


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