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    I put garbage bags covering the alternator, battery, intake, and the large wiring harness connector on the passenger side. Make sure the engine is cool spray Simple Green let sit, and set your hose to some where between mist and stream and you should be fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by cflip2x View Post
    I put garbage bags covering the alternator, battery, intake, and the large wiring harness connector on the passenger side. Make sure the engine is cool spray Simple Green let sit, and set your hose to some where between mist and stream and you should be fine
    No need for all of the bags. Been there, done that since 1992-ish.

    An exposed conical air filter should get the bag treatment.
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    In the summer I usually blow the dust out with compressed air first before a wash. I use my regular car soap for painted areas before I wax them. Both paste and spray wax work well and last a good while under the hood. Plus spray wax can get in the tight area. I save the engine cleaning itself for later in life.

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    Going to town on a full detail this afternoon. Will take some pics of the bay.
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    Results. Thanks for the tips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyoplasm View Post

    Results. Thanks for the tips.
    Glad it worked for you. Looks great from what I can see - pic needs more bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyoplasm View Post


    Results. Thanks for the tips.


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    Looks legit!

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    I've been using SG ever since I've been detailing under the hood. I used it on my '72 BMW as well to keep it clean and I love how it cleaned up my WRX's bay after I got it. Every time I (of course) cover my CAI cone, but I've never covered my alternator generally covering that in SG as well. However I normally will towel dry as much as I can before going anywhere.

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    Just washed the engine bay with SG. LOOKS GREAT. Thanks for the help.

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    Just washed the engine bay with SG. LOOKS GREAT. Thanks for the help.

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    I would love a video of this process

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    Quote Originally Posted by cda555 View Post
    I would love a video of this process
    I have thought about doing a video and / or an illustrated guide on the subject. I took a lot of time to initially write and re-write the first post several (numerous?) times. I do not see how I can make it any more clear by taking far more time to create and edit a proper video. There really is not that much to it. Just dive in and get your feet wet (literally!), taking it step by step as I initially did way back when.

    Have fun!
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