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Post by Beeacon » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:29 pm

Full external and internal clean, seal restoration, and got around to fully cleaning the engine bay today!

Just need to figure out how to clean the exhausts without affecting the brushed chrome finish.

Engine Bay Clean Method:

https://youtu.be/6LwCbmvLYb0

Work on a cloudy day and cover any electrical or sensitive components with plastic sheeting or a carrier bag (alternator / ECU housing / exposed air filters). Make sure all caps and dipsticks are fully secured. Also wear gloves, degreaser is nasty stuff on your hands.

1. Spray a degreaser (Autoglym Engine & Machine Cleaner) on the underside of the bonnet and let it dwell for a couple of minutes. Use large soft wheel brushes to clean the underside of the bonnet. Do not touch the heat shield.
2. Rinse using a normal hose or a pressure washer on the lowest setting.
3. Rinse the engine bay to remove loose dirt and contaminants.
4. Spray a degreaser (Autoglym Engine & Machine Cleaner) in the engine bay and let it dwell for a couple of minutes.
5. Clean the engine bay with wheel brush, bendy thistle brush, and small detailing brush for hard to reach areas.
6. Rinse.
7. This can be done two ways: 1) Apply a wet dressing (Autoglym Vinyl & Rubber Care) and leave to dry before buffing off. 2) Dry the engine bay using either microfiber drying towels or air dryers/leaf blowers. Make sure it’s completely dry, then using a spray dressing to restore faded plastics.
8. Remove protective plastic bags and start the engine up and leave to run for a few minutes to dry out those last few hidden recesses. Done!

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Post by Angelus666 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:08 pm

Nicely done...! For exhausts it's Autosol and elbow grease...does the trick nicely!

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Post by buzyg » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:50 pm

Nice Job OP. :thumbsup:
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Post by buzyg » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:51 pm

Angelus666 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:08 pm
Nicely done...! For exhausts it's Autosol and elbow grease...does the trick nicely!
Noted, need to get mine looking shiny again. :D
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Post by Beeacon » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:35 pm

Thanks for the tip (no pun intended) Angelus!
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Post by Mr Tidy » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:24 pm

Yes, Autosol does a great job! :thumbsup:

I just need to get a bit more dextrous. :(
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Z4 3.0Si Sport - Coupe for added stiffness!
Current - Montego Blue, Pearl Grey, Cirrus trim & 295s. Cruise, Storage and pdc. E90 330i as a DD.
Gone - Ruby Black, Pearl Grey & 135Ms. Xenons, heated seats and Professional speakers.

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Post by Doddsy » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:10 pm

Mr Tidy wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:24 pm
Yes, Autosol does a great job! :thumbsup:

I just need to get a bit more dextrous. :(
Those tips should just pull off if standard
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Post by Mr Tidy » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:40 pm

Doddsy wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:10 pm
Those tips should just pull off if standard
They would, but I'm quite glad it isn't standard! A previous owner had a cat-back system made for it - which sounds much better. :lol:
Z4 3.0Si Sport - Coupe for added stiffness!
Current - Montego Blue, Pearl Grey, Cirrus trim & 295s. Cruise, Storage and pdc. E90 330i as a DD.
Gone - Ruby Black, Pearl Grey & 135Ms. Xenons, heated seats and Professional speakers.

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