What parts are you speaking of? That's a BIG area with lots of 'stuff' in there to clean up. If you are talking about a general clean up, I use simple green to degrease and then hose out. I'm sure there is a big how-to on cleaning the engine bay on here somewhere, I'm just not sure where and don't have the time to hunt it down for ya right now. After degreasing I like to treat and protect my hoses/plastic with aerospace 303. Other parts need different products.
Engine Detailing - Nissan 350Z & 370Z Wiki Not sure you want to get this in depth, but here's is a VERY detailed "How to" on engine detailing. I like to treat and protect my hoses/plastic with aerospace protectant 303. Excellent product. Jinxxy's right though, different products for different parts.
After cleaning, I like to use Stoner's Trim Shine. I spray it on hoses and most colored plastic. Dries in about 30 minutes with a semi-gloss shine. I also use it on tires since it gives it a nice deep black, lasts a long time, and doesn't "fly off" all over the car 30 minutes after I apply it.
Auto stores sell it for like $6 a can, but I order it by the case directly from Stoner for around $2.60 a can. :biggrin:
Every one of their products I've ever used do exactly what they say. I tried the "more shine" for tires, and didn't like it as it left the tire too shiny for my tastes. The trim shine works awesome on tires---a nice deep matte black. I also use it to detail the plastic fender liners as well. I spray all the rubber seals and moldings on the roadster with it too. If you get a little overspray on the paint, just wipe off with a microfiber towel---it cleans up easy with no oily residue.
I used to have a Dodge Stealth TT, and learned about it years ago on the Stealth/3000gt forums. Those cars had a lot of Matte Black trim and if you didn't keep up with it, the trim would weather check and fade to gray quickly. Trim shine took care of that.:wub:
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