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Old 04-29-2011, 06:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Engine cleaner

Is there anything that I could use to make the engine "bright" again on my 250EX? I read somewhere in the forums that one guy said you could use Easy-Off oven cleaner to clean an engine and makes it look like new again. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i think that was shadetree that said that and if so, thats what you wanna do
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Be careful with the Easy off though, it can etch polished aluminum if left too long. Also, many people say that the Eagle One etching mag wheel cleaner. The reason I don't want to try that is because I heard it can remove paint and screw up your electrical stuff if you aren't careful. I just use purple power diluted 50/50 and then let it sit for a few minutes and hose it off. It's not going to look brand new, but it works for me. We have a lot of red clay around here, and it just sucks, in general, to get off of anything!
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I've heard a few guys mention Simple Green and Gunk engine bright, too. Not sure if they work, though...
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I've heard a few guys mention Simple Green and Gunk engine bright, too. Not sure if they work, though...
I used to use simple green a long time ago. I honestly don't remember what made me switch to Purple Power. I think it was because it came in a 2.5 gallon container....lol I use Purple Power for everything. I remember Simple Green worked very well on my parents Buick with Wire wheel hubcaps
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I have used Slick Off Road wash and it worked pretty good, not sure it will restore to new though
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Be careful with the Easy off though, it can etch polished aluminum if left too long. Also, many people say that the Eagle One etching mag wheel cleaner. The reason I don't want to try that is because I heard it can remove paint and screw up your electrical stuff if you aren't careful. I just use purple power diluted 50/50 and then let it sit for a few minutes and hose it off. It's not going to look brand new, but it works for me. We have a lot of red clay around here, and it just sucks, in general, to get off of anything!
I saw on another forum where a guys cleaned all the brown stained alumnum parts and motor area with that Eagle One mag cleaner. Everything he cleaned looked nearly brand new afterwards.

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I've heard a few guys mention Simple Green and Gunk engine bright, too. Not sure if they work, though...
I used to use simple green a long time ago. I honestly don't remember what made me switch to Purple Power. I think it was because it came in a 2.5 gallon container....lol I use Purple Power for everything. I remember Simple Green worked very well on my parents Buick with Wire wheel hubcaps
i buy Purple power now too because its cheaper, and I can buy it at Dollar general, lol.
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I saw on another forum where a guys cleaned all the brown stained alumnum parts and motor area with that Eagle One mag cleaner. Everything he cleaned looked nearly brand new afterwards.
I'll have to look it up. That "etching" just scares me. Years ago, I worked at a car dealership as a detailer. I was young, and we had this etching acid that worked well to clean stuff. Well, this lady came in with a Chrysler Lebaron and she didn't take care of it. It had brake dust practically burnt into these polished aluminum alloy wheels. They must have had a coating too. So I grabbed the stuff that worked well for me and sprayed it down. Told myself "I'll just let it set up a little longer and then wash them off". Got in big trouble for that one! MISTAKE!

Ever since then, I don't like any cleaners with Acid to be anywhere near me when I'm detailing my cars. I'm pretty sure Easy Off has acid too. I think it's important to remember that it has to be rinsed, rinsed, rinsed over and over again. Imagine what it does if it's picked up by a breeze. Better not be spraying that around your vehicles.
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I think most oven cleaners contain caustic soda (lye) which is alkaline instead of acidic, but it's still some nasty stuff.

And I agree, if you use mag cleaner, it can't be left on long and it needs to be rinsed off good.
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I saw on another forum where a guys cleaned all the brown stained alumnum parts and motor area with that Eagle One mag cleaner. Everything he cleaned looked nearly brand new afterwards.
I saw that too. It looked almost new when he cleaned it with the mag cleaner.
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