- Heavy Duty Degreaser
- Spray Bottle
- Safety Goggles
- Nitrile Gloves
- Hi-Pressure Washer
- Air-Whip Cleaning Tool
STEP #1: Use microfiber towels or plastic bags as coverings for any sensitive electrical components such as the battery, ignition wires, and engine control unit. If there's an exposed engine air intake under the hood, you'll want to cover that as well. Protecting these electronics will allow you to clean more thoroughly with less risk of causing damage. Be cautious around any items that could be damaged by liquids.
STEP #2: Wet the entire body area around the engine with cool water to prevent the Cleaner/Degreaser from spotting the paint. Do not wet the engine. Be thorough around the edges of the hood as these areas gather much of the grease, dirt, and grime. Make sure to DO NOT use a zero-degree nozzle on the power washer. Use a fan nozzle at 45-degree angle.
STEP #3: Spray the engine and engine compartment with Cleaner/ Degreaser using a consistent pattern to ensure full coverage.
PRO TIP: Add extra light to the engine compartment. There are many nooks, crannies, and crevices that are difficult to see without additional light. Approach the engine from different angles to give you alternate views to see all of the hard-to-reach areas of the engine.
STEP #4: Apply Cleaner/Degreaser to the inner hood (avoiding the hoodliner), and then the wheel wells...
PRO TIP: It is important to let the cleaner/degreaser dwell on areas that has been treated. This can take a few minutes depending on cleaner strength and level of grease and grime needed to remove. As with most cleaners do not allow it to dry on any surface.
STEP #5: Pressure rinse the engine compartment last (allowing the Cleaner/Degreaser to dwell on the surface longest). Rinse the hood latch first, then work the top edge first, and then around the edges of the hood, avoiding the liner.
STEP #6: Thoroughly rinse the engine following a consistent pattern. Stand at different angles to ensure hard-to-reach areas are completely clean. Don’t saturate engine electronics or hood insulation.
STEP #7: Examine your work. If any dirt or grease remains, re-apply the Cleaner/Degreaser and re-rinse. Finally, remove all plastic coverings installed to protect electrical units.
STEP #8: Start the engine and let run for a couple minutes. The heat of the engine will help with the drying time. Any puddling of water can be removed with high pressure air and a microfiber towel. The engine should be clean and dry if it is to be dressed.