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Unread 03-16-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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Default Acura TL, a variety of questions

Hey guys, I was wondering what would be the best product to buy to clean this up?

And second, how should I go about polishing the intake manifold, just the regular rough sandpaper to fine sandpaper way?

If anyone is wondering, I took off the engine cover because something was causing it to warp the way it was screwed in which caused the bolt to break that was holding it in, so I just took it off and decided I liked what I saw and kept it like that ever since.

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Noooooo to the sandpaper... Unless it's pitted. You should hit it once with some sandpaper to smooth out the surface and then buff it to a fine polish.

As for cleaning everything under the hood. I usually use some car wash soap and then hose it down, taking care not to get the CAI wet. After that I like WD-40. Just don't get crazy with it. You can coat it lightly and it will help clean it the next time round. Gives it a nice shiny look too.

I know what you mean about the plenum cover. My stang had this plain old plenum cover so I took it off to reveal a sleek and crazy looking black intake manifold.
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Yeah I just sanded the surface with a sand sponge because it had all this crap on it, I still have to do the other side of the manifold when I have some time. I tell you it had this nasty rough surface on it, after one pass with the sponge I could practically fill a mug with all the crap that I took off.

Also, I didn't know you can hose down the engine bay, is that safe, do I have to unplug the battery?

And finally, my last question, should I do the car wash soap for the rest of the stuff too, I'm talking about cleaning the entire engine bay and making it shine. Obviously not the exhaust headers though because they are a little rusty (new headers? hehe).
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Unless they rusted a hole in them I wouldn't bother. It'll just rust again. Even stainless systems rust after a while

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Eh sad to hear, but will take this advice and I'll just give them a scrub with some car was soap?

I was wondering, have you guys ever heard of Armor All, I've heard some good things about it so I was thinking of getting that to clean up with. My friend used it on his car and it looked pretty nice. Unless there's something better for the money out there that you would recommend.
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