What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

bombard4101
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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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As far as the heads/valve covers go, if you really want them to look great and not spend time doing it, blast 'em. It's pretty cheap, lasts a long time and looks like new. And because of the black barrles seperating the cases and heads, it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

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c.d.iesel
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BRITE ALUMINUM

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SIMPLE GREEN

spray on warm - NOT HOT motor, and scrub with soft brush.
Hose off.
for really heavy oil & grease, begin with Brake Kleen,
then follow with SIMPLE GREEN
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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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I use Simple Green at the car wash. I tried that S100... I'm still fuming. It left my cases super streaked. I hate that stuff.
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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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brake clean will put a hurting on painted surfaces

so if you use it to cut grease and oils off an engine

spray it on a rag

and if you have perfect paint

don't use brake clean on it

or carb cleaner either

R.D. Green
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What do you use to make your engine bright

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This question has come up before. I've used WD-40 with a plastic "scrubby" and gotten good results. The best results I've ever gotten, however, were with a product called "Alumabrite" and a scrubby. You cut it about 50/50 with water; work it in from the top down; flush off with water. It did an amazing job on my R27 and left no streaks or spots. You might be able to find the stuff at a marine supply store.

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engine cleaner

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I have used citra solve for years and never had any problems with it. I use it strait, rinse it off.

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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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Never heard of Citra Solve. Where would I get that?
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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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Home Depot. Wear gloves. I've never found anything better short of bead blasting.

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What do you use to make your engine bright (Air head)

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I'd really like to get the engine looking fresh, and paint thinner with scrubber is not doing the trick.

Any advice?
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