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15 Minute Cosmetic Engine Detail Guide by Mike Phillips

This is the engine compartment for a 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe. It's not dirty like most engine compartments but it's also looking drab and dusty. This is the perfect type of engine detailing you want for your business. You don't want a super dirty engine compartment that will take hours to properly clean. You want engine bays just like this where there not to bad, they just need a little dressing up.

Most people charge around $75.00 to $100.00 to detail an engine bay, the key thing is to teach yourself how to do a Cosmetic engine detail and learn to do it quick, fast and easy. Or if you only work on your own cars, here's how you keep your engine compartment looking factory new.

Let me know you how and this took less than 15 mintutes and 4 items. A dressing, a brush, a microfiber towel and a source of compressed air.

Here's the engine compartment, there's so much plastic overlay panels you cannot even see the engine, or at least the engine block. You also see 303 Aerospace Protectant and a Wheel Woolies Boar's Hair Wheel Brush.

Engine compartment before detailing with 303.

I use and share this Wheel Woolies Boar's Hair Wheel Brush a LOT. Why? Because it's the most functional brush money can buy. I use this brush for cleaning wheels, cleaning interiors and for engine bays.

The Wheel Woolies Boar's Hair brush is very versatile.

The Wheel Woolies Boar's Hair brush is very versatile.

First thing - liberally spray the 303 over all the plastic panels.

Spray 303 Aerospace Protectant all over plastic panels.

Technique Tip

If you give the spray trigger a HEALTHY squeeze and hold the bottle back a ways, the spray head will do a better job of ATOMIZING the liquid dispersing a much finer spray pattern than if you were to only half-heatedly squeeze the trigger. When you squeeze the trigger weak, it sprays like a squirt gun, that is a stream of product to a small area. Thus give the trigger a strong, deliberate squeeze and test me to see if I'm not right about this.

Spray 303 Aerospace Protectant all over plastic panels.

Spray 303 Aerospace Protectant all over plastic panels.

Here's the engine compartment with a healthy dose of 303 Aerospace Protectant applied all over it.

Engine compartment covered in 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Next work the dressing all over the engine compartment. Use the bristles to help you get the dressing into all the tight areas plus do a great job on the major sections.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Get everything plastic...

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

Use the Boar's Hair Brush to spread the protetant over the plastic portions.

The engine compartment should look like this when you're done.

Engine compartment before buffing away 303 Aerospace Protecant.

Now take a clean, microfiber towel with a large fluffy nap like you see here. This is where a large fluffy nap really comes in handy for getting into all the nooks and crannies you just worked all the dressing into.

Use a microfiber buffing towel to remove 303 Aerospace Protectant.

This is real simple stuff folks - just start wiping. And do a GREAT job.

Use a microfiber buffing towel to remove 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Use a microfiber buffing towel to remove 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Next blast all the small, tight intricate areas with some form of compressed air. The Metro-Vac Blaster Sidekick works great for this....

Use a blast of air to remove product from the nooks and crannies.

Use a blast of air to remove product from the nooks and crannies.

Use a blast of air to remove product from the nooks and crannies.

Done.

Engine compartment after detailing with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Engine compartment after detailing with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Engine compartment after detailing with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

Engine compartment after detailing with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

And now the engine compartment looks as crisp and clean as the exterior of the car.

Engine compartment after detailing with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

The outside shines as much as the engine compartment!

My comments...

When the topic of ENGINE DETAILING is brought up, most people think about some type of process that includes degreasers and a pressure washer. This is old school. It's mess, time-consuming, hard work and rarely profitable and filled with risk. The thing is, most cars on the road today... when you pop the hood they look like the engine compartment you see in the above pictures. That is, it's all PLASTIC. You can't even see the actual engine. This is why you don't do the heavy super degreaser and pressure washer routine, you teach yourself to be an expert at Cosmetic Engine Detailing. With the 4 simple things I shared above, you can tackle most engine in 15 minutes or less.

Don't take something that should be very easy and turn it into Rocket Science - it's not, it's plastic man.... lots of plastic.

From this...

Engine before detailing.

To this....

Engine after detailing.

Quick, fast and easy plus... little risk.

Mostly just be careful with the brush. Don't knock any thing around like electrical plug-ins, etc.

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