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Okay folks, I have a question about engine detailing. I usually clean the dust off of my engine everytime I wash my car, and I use Armor-All on the plastic/rubber parts to make them look nice.<P>The problem is that Armor-All seems to evaporate only after like 2 days or so because of the engine heat etc. Have any of you found a good product to keep the plastic/rubber parts looking nice and new for a long time in the engine bay?<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.arlingtonimports.com/cars/97960b/wheel.jpg"> <P>-Drew<P>
 

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I was told by someone once that Armor All has alcohol in it and that it dries out the surface that you use it on. Depending on where you are using it, you may want to reconsider according to my buddy's opinion.
 

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I thought it was the silicone, or something like that, that causes plastic/rubber to dry out. I don't put anything on the plastic and rubber parts on my car, including the tires and under-hood hoses. The "tire dressing" stuff seems to attact dust even more, so I just avoid all of it.<P>
 

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Nice looking engine bay. You might want to check out <A HREF="http://www.Autopia-Carport.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.Autopia-Carport.com/</A> go to the forum section and do a search on silicone and see the threads it brings up. There are two types of silicone used in car detailing products, Armorall uses the least desireable of the two. For something that lasts a long time under the hood you want something safe and that does not attract a lot of dust. You could use a quality tire dressing for that matter. Vinylex and 303 are both good under the hood choices depending on your preferance for gloss level. Check out <A HREF="http://www.properautocare.com/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.properautocare.com/</A> for some additional products, product testing and descriptions. Hope this helps.<BR><p>[This message has been edited by billyray (edited 02-16-2002).]
 

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Yeah, I have heard not-so-good things about Armor-All as well, but it seems like alot of the products out there right now are Armor-All 'like' products. I will try and check out the sites listed above, but if you guys have any other hints, I am all ears.<P>-Drew<P>
 

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I was just reading up on the whole Armor-All alcohol issue and they claim to have no alcohol or solvents in their products. Hmm...Maybe I should just wipe the engine down with just a damp cloth. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 02-16-2002).]
 

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Just thought I would chime in...<P>When it comes to longevity of rubber parts (hoses, belts, etc...) MANY industrial applications rely on a Rubber Rejuvenator<BR>product. I used to work on printing presses and numerous times each day the press image would be changed and RR used on the rubber imaging rollers and "blankets".<P>These parts lasted for years and the amount of direct daily wear and tear they withstood was impressive to say the least.<P>I think I remember seeing some RR products specifically for auto use. You should be careful about temperature ratings and flammability in commmercial sector products though.<P>I suspect proper use of a good RR product could make your timing belt, hoses, etc... last you much much longer.
 

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I you really want to clean the engine bay after a winter of heavy salt etc, and to protect the rubber this is my solution...have the engine steam cleaned or power washed....be careful on the wires and delicate areas. Then use WD40 on the entire engine bay, plastic, rubber etc, then wipe it all down to further eilinaite dirt and build up...use a whole can if you feel like it. Take the car out for a drive...avoiding dusty roads of couse. The heat will dry the engine bay and evapotrate most of the WD40. I then go back to power washer and rinse off the engine again (letting cool off first though). I then go and wipe it down yet again. The Wd40 is great for the rubber, but leaving it on will only attract the dust, it is good also for the aluminum pieces that seem to corride and can be unsightly.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>I was just reading up on the whole Armor-All alcohol issue and they claim to have no alcohol or solvents in their products. Hmm...Maybe I should just wipe the engine down with just a damp cloth. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>-Drew<P>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 02-16-2002).]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Drew,<P>that is what I do...it is more painstaking but since my engine bay is very clean I do this once a month and it is a breeze. Not very shiny hoses (they are not dull either) but everything is extremely clean. It only takes me 5-10 minutes to clean ALL the crevices and the engine bay looks great! Most of the techs in our dealership chuckle when they take a peek under my hood as they think I am spending hours. But it only takes a few minutes if you keep up with it!<P>Yannis<P><P>
 
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