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Old 09-17-2014, 06:31 PM
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Default Finally got to detail the Engine

After bugging primo non stop on here for the last month I finally decided on the products and process I wanted to use. Truck was in the garage over night so engine was cool.

The process and products:
1) Covered up the Alternator with a plastic bag
2) Rinsed off the engine and underside of hood.
3) Cleaned with Chemical Guys All Clean+ (had it laying around) and various brushes
4) Dried with leaf blower
5) 2 Coats of Sonus Trim and Motorkote on the engine components (you really have to just walk away and fight the urge to wipe this stuff because it looks horrible when you first spray it)
6) 1 Coat of Ultima Tire and Trim Guard on the Windshield Cowel

The Results (sorry for the crappy iphone picture):
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:16 PM
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FYI... Alternator is designed to function when wet. Otherwise you would be farked every time it rained.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:23 PM
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Oh and you really don't need that many products. a good polish a good wax and a good water soluble dressing is all you need.
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FYI... Alternator is designed to function when wet. Otherwise you would be farked every time it rained.
Agreed they are designed to be able to withstand water but for the cost of a plastic grocery bag is it worth risking getting too much water in there or possibly into the harness?

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Oh and you really don't need that many products. a good polish a good wax and a good water soluble dressing is all you need.
Again, I agree. You don't NEED a lot of products but your product stash will vary and grow depending on the looks you want or processes you use or from simply trying different things over time to see what you like.
For example: I use the Sonus on my motor and wheel wells because you can spray it on and walk away. I use the Ultima Tire and Trim on all the other external plastics and rubbers because of the look it gives and because you don't have to worry about overspray. I used to use 303 on the exterior plastics but since I switched to the ultima, I still have a lot of the 303 left so I now use it on the interior.
On paint I prefer to use sealant and top it with 845 for extra protection in the winter because of all the salt they use around here. So for my process you do need more than just a polish and a wax.

To each his/her own This was a process suggested to me by one of the most reputable members here. I tried it and loved the results
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Looks great!!! I may give that combo a shot.
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Looks great!!! I may give that combo a shot.
Thank you! If you decide to use the Sonus you might want to lay some towels over the fenders. If you get any overspray it's a little bit of a pain to get off. Also, while squeezing the trigger on the bottle move your arm quickly over the engine bay. If you get a lot of heavy white(ish) colored spots wipe it off and reapply. A few should be ok, I had some and they still soaked in well.

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Looks really good man, I need to get this done. My engine bay is like embarrassing dirty right now.
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Looks good, I need to do mine especially since the dealer spilled oil all over the engine cover.
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I wasn't trying to criticize, I've been running a detailing business for many years and I hate to see people spend a lot on tons of products when you only need a few good ones. I also understand why you would want to wax over the sealant, while sealant is more durable wax has a much better finish, especially the Collinite that you are using. The thing is wax and sealant don't bond together. So what I was trying to relay in my half asleep half assed comment was that you could either save yourself a trip around the truck or use products that will bond so that each time you detail instead of "getting the shine back" you're adding more depth to the finish with each layer.
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BTW.... I've never used Ultima Tire and Trim, how does it dry? greasy/sticky or dry to the touch?
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