When you are at a car show, the last thing you want to show off is a bunch of grime. Unfortunately, the engine bay can be the coolest, yet most disgusting part of your car. Here's some tips for shining it up!
Time Required: Allow about an hour
Your choice of degreaser: Simple green... engine brite... or the like
soft wheel brush
Procedure:Note: Engine should be cool before starting!
First, tape off sensitive electronics with plastic bags. The alternator, fuse box, coil pack and battery are of primary concern.
Loosen up dirt with a soft wheel brush.
Then, spray down the engine bay with the cleaner of your choice.
Gently rinse the engine.
Remove plastic and spot-clean those areas without soaking with chemicals or water.
Use rags to help dry the engine bay
Use Tire shine on another rag to make the plastic and rubber parts under the hood shimmer. Don't apply to sensors or belts.
Spot clean painted areas with a quick detailer such as Mother's Showtime or Meguiar's Quik Detailer spray.