Cleaning and Detailing Your Car Engine

by Jerry Clark

If you want to learn how to clean and dress your car engine, then you've come to the right place. You need to clean up your engine when you see that it is full of grime and grease. You might also prefer to dress up your engine with fresh paint and chrome accessories to make it look more professional. If you lack the money to pay a professional to do these tasks for you, then this short tutorial will teach you how you can clean and dress your car engine in your garage at home.

Cleaning Your Car Engine

First of all you need to protect the electrical elements. Get a sheet of plastic and cover the distributor. A car's distributor usually has some wires coming off it that goes to the spark plugs. There are some car models that don't have wires because they may have a coil on top of the spark plugs. You will need to cover the wires, coils, and spark plugs with plastic as well. You will additionally need to cover the MAF or MAP sensors. These sensors are located in or on the air intake.

Now that you have covered all of the electrical elements, you can start washing your engine. Start by spraying the walls of the car engine bay with an engine degreaser. Do as instructed on the engine degreaser can. After spraying your engine with the degreaser, carefully rinse off the dirty degreaser with water. Avoid splashing water on top of your engine. Spray some degreaser on a piece of cloth and scrub the top parts the top parts of the engine until it is free from grease, dust, and dirt. Get yourself a clean, wet piece of cloth and wipe up the degreaser until your engine is thoroughly clean.

Detailing Your Car Engine

Now that you understand how to clean your car engine, you can start dressing your engine so that it will appear more professional and eye-catching. The initial thing you should do is to cover the electrical elements of your engine with a plastic sheet and tape the sheets so that it won't come off. Sand the engine bay, frame rails, and engine block. Rinse off the residue from the sanding with water and allow the wet area to dry. Once the area is dry, paint the engine bay and engine block with primer. Allow for the painted parts to dry overnight.

As soon as the primer is dry, you can start painting the engine bay and engine with paint. Permit the paint to dry and then wet sand the paint. Allow area to dry and then apply a 2nd coat of paint. After applying the second coat of paint, wet sand the area, and then apply 2 coats of clear paint coat. Wait for the first clear coat to dry before applying the second clear coat. To make your car engine look more professional, replace the standard engine parts with chrome parts. Get a one-wire alternator if you plan to replace your alternator to get rid of the wiring.

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