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Cleaning your engine bay isn't something that most people think about every time they wash their car or every other time for that matter. Although unfortunate, out of sight, out of mind usually applies to this particular element of auto detailing. Just like with the rest of your vehicle, cleaning helps to keep the resale value hight by preventing damage. If your engine bay is covered in oil and dirt, chances are that all of those nasty substances are allowing premature wear and tear on your engine's components. Things like worn pulleys and bearings, gasket leaks and unidentifiable cracks and damaged hoses could be lurking beneath that layer of grime. It needs to be cleaned off frequently.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


RINSE IT OFF


1) A quick pre-rinse will knock off the loose dist and grit, making it much easier for the degreaser to spread and penetrate as well as prevent spots from the soap drying out too quickly. It's important to remember to do this while the engine is cool. It doesn't have to be cold but you don't want to spray cold water on hot parts. Just pop the hood and allow it to cool off for about an hour.



COVER ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS


2) You'll need to disconnect the negative battery terminal or cover with one of the plastic bags and tape it closed as best as you can. It's also a good idea to cover up the alternator, carburetor, and distributer the same way if they are exposed. You want to make sure that you don't make any temporary circuits with all the water that's introduced in your engine compartment.



APPLY DEGREASER


3) Apply a liberal amount of degreaser to everything under the hood. Go heavier on the degreaser for the dirtiest parts. Be sure to let it sit for a few minutes to allow the degreaser to work its magic. It's important to note that you should always follow the instructions on the bottle. You can now use the wash brush to scrub the dirtiest areas and loosen the dirt and grime


SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB


Using your scrub brush, you'll want to scrub any areas that have caked on grime and grease. By now the degreaser should have penetrated the surface grime and it should be scrubbed away pretty easily. Be sure to pay attention to the areas that you cannot see as well. Out of sight, out of mind doesn't benefit us at all here.


RINSE AND REPEAT


With your water hose, spray the inside of the engine's compartment and all of the areas that you've scrubbed. You should notice anything that you've missed. You'll want to apply more degreaser, especially to those areas that you may have missed. Scrub and rinse the soiled areas until all traces of grime and buildup are gone.


WIPE DRY


After rinsing, you'll want to grab a clean and dry terrycloth to dry off all the areas that we've sprayed, At this time you can now remove any tape and plastic from any electronic or sensitive engine components. Make certain that you've removed all tape and plastic from your engine's components prior to starting and driving. You don't want that tape or plastic heating up, melting then being slung all over your engine compartment.


DRESSING


After cleaning, you may choose to apply a dressing to the plastic, vinyl or rubber surfaces to make them stand out. Be sure to use a non-solvent based dressing to prevent a fire hazard.


You'll want to apply the dressing directly to a microfiber cloth or sponge and apply evenly along the surface, then start buffing in a circular motion.



And as always, if you need some expert advice or direction on which product you need, feel free to reach out to us.

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When it comes to hitting the highway you can be sure that during the summer months you're also likely to hit unsuspecting bugs while cruising the interstate. Aside from a car bra or specialized protective film, there really is no way to prevent grinding them into your paint's finish. And because they have high levels of acidic juices, they pose a threat to ruining the surface coat and even the paint. So it's important to remove any dead and dried bugs from your car immediately to ensure the integrity of your ride's paint job.


What you'll need



  1. First, before you start scrubbing, you're going to want to apply the bug remover to the bug encrusted areas to ensure that they absorb all of the product. Be sure to wait a few minutes for the product to penetrate, but not long enough that product and bugs dry out again.

  2. Next, grab your bug sponge and scrub away bug residue. Always rinse the area clean to be sure that you've cleaned up all of the dead bugs. If not, apply more product and make a second pass.

  3. Now that you've scrubbed away all those little pesky buggers and rinsed them away it's time to wash your car. You're going to want to wash off the remaining bug residue and chemicals so that they do not sit on your car for an extended amount of time, You'll need a regular car wash soap, a bucket, and a wash mitt.


Note: Applying a wax or a clear coat sealant can help with removing future bug splats.


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Remember when you were so excited to get that brand new bumper sticker for your car, and you couldn't wait to put it on so that everyone behind you knows who you're voting for? Flash forward to a time where you either have to prepare your vehicle to be sold or traded in or maybe that candidate lost the race or over time disappointed you. Either way, that sticker has got to go!


You've tried scraping that corner up with your fingernail or maybe even a credit card, but it just won't come off. Well, we've got good news for you. A good quality solvent like Polishing System's Adhesive Remover will do the trick with little effort. This formula quickly and effectively dissolves and removes sticker glue on chrome, glass, and even paint. Simply apply the product directly to the affected area and let it sit for at least 30 seconds. Rub briskly with a clean cloth until glue residue is removed. Repeat if necessary.

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