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leftcoastsrt04 said:
I can make all the plastic parts shiney as hell its the metal parts that seem to look worse everytime I clean it. What do ya'll do to make her look like new?
Try a rubbing compound then a wax.
 

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leftcoastsrt04 said:
on the valve cover and the other visible parts of the engine?
On the actual engine Id use Gunk Off Engine degreaser and water. That shit works great.
 

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I wouldn't use rubbing compound on anything. The valve covers on these cars just aren't the greatest. The degreaser will work some, but for what your talking about I don't know if it will give you optimal results. I hate the way mine looks too the metal looks worn and old, and some stuff helps, but the best thing to do is just have it powdercoated, whether you get a color or not, then it's a lot easier to maintain.
 

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Never use any kind of engine dressings on the aluminum/metal parts b/c it can bake into valve covers or any part that gets realy hot, also some cleaners are corrosive on aluminum/metal parts like wheel cleaners, engine cleaners and degreasers that are acid based and most are. Good soapy water works just as good on a cold engine and i repeat COLD ENGINE, it just takes a little elbow grease, and a little TLC/TENDER LOVING CARE.
 

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When Cleaning your engine, first you want to cover the alternator with a plastic bag, if you have a CAI cover the filter. Another precaution would be to spray any open wires with WD-40 to repel water from those areas. Then you want to wet the engine down, walk around the engine to get all areas. Then you want to apply a degreaser, allow to dwell for a minute or two to allow the degreaser to begin to break down the grease and dirt. Then with a soft bristle brush, scrub all areas that need it. then rinse. If using a dressing for the hoses and plastic parts you want to use a non-silicone dressing b/c the silicone can cause damage to the o2 sensors over a period of time. By cleaning your engine it will allow the engine to run cooler and is easier to service.
 

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question: during the summer i knew a guy and he had some kind of "armor-all type" shinyness to the black parts under his hood: intake pipe, engine cover, basically all the pastic parts?. but it'll always be shiny.. his car would get dirty as hell but its always clean under his hood.. he swore to god that he never cleans it and he got it like that when he bought it (used).

anyways you guys have any idea what was used? whenever dust gets on it we use some compressed air and blow it off
 

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pure and simple, the ONLY and best way to clean your srt4's engine bay is as follows:

1) fill a spray bottle w/simple green half way
2) dilute it w/filling it half way w/water
3) mist engine(when cool/cold, NOT when hot), w/water lightly
4) spray simple green all over the engine bay
5) let sit for a minute or two
6) rinse off w/water but don't put excessive force w/the water in any one spot
7) make sure all simple green soapy residue is gone
8) allow to dry as much as possible
9) get Meguiar's (#40) Vinyl & Rubber Treatment and spray down motor.
10) close hood
11) start car and let run until engine is warmed up to let it soak in
12) lift hood and admire:cool:

now...as far as cleaning up the metal pieces that someone said look like crap afterwards, i totally agree..here's what to do that will fix it perfectly!

1) get Meguiar's "All Metal Polish"(it's in a small jar and is white cream)
2) get small rag/cloth and apply it w/that on all metal pieces
3) polish w/it(it will turn that area u use on the cloth/rag black)
4) flip cloth/rag to a clean portion and scrub the remaining polish off the pieces you polished for a lusterous CHROME shine:cool:

you're engine bay will look amazing and EVERYONE will ask you how u did it and what to get OR to do it for them! here's some pics of my bay:







 

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chris you need to cover up the plastic mesh stuff on your radiator pipe. theres a stretchy rubber boot that slides over it. I wish my engine bay was as clean as yours.
 

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i tried sanding the valve cover to get rid of the water spots or oxidation it worked well, but it didn't last, polished it up nice and pretty, but you would need some sort of clear coat to keep that look for long, and then you would have to worry about getting stuff all over it and ruining it, i am just going to get a powder coated valve cover, and maybe get my intake done to?
 

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Only problem I see with mysrt4ownsyou's method is the vinyl rubber cleaner. I would think that would cause dirt to stick to the plastic more easily. I could see doing that if you kept your car indoors all the time, but not if it's parked outside. For me, I do have a beater car but I still have to park my car outside. :-/
 

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i feel your pain noTe, i park on a construction site everyday, you want to talk about a dusty dirty car, geez, it horible. I have litterally watched my car get a thick coating of dust, concrete dust, and brick dust, and not being able to do a damn thing about it. Thank God for good wax. My engine is always dusty, no matter if i do use a dressing on it or not. The good thing about most of the stuff is you can just wipe off the dust and it will look shiny again without re-appling the dressing.
 

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yellowturbo said:
i feel your pain noTe, i park on a construction site everyday, you want to talk about a dusty dirty car, geez, it horible. I have litterally watched my car get a thick coating of dust, concrete dust, and brick dust, and not being able to do a damn thing about it. Thank God for good wax. My engine is always dusty, no matter if i do use a dressing on it or not. The good thing about most of the stuff is you can just wipe off the dust and it will look shiny again without re-appling the dressing.
I would get a car cover if I were you, parking @ constructions sites must be murda! :eeeek: :eeeek: :eeeek:
 

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yeah, it sucks, but i have never had a problem with anything messing up the paint, what is really bad is when the parking area is dirt and its been raining for 3 days. At least i get to pratice my rally racing :)
 
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