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Old 02-15-2013, 08:14 AM   #21
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What do you mean when it warms up? You live in Atlanta you puss!
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:17 AM   #22
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Man, the weather here in Atlanta has been retarded lately. Besides, it's a spring time ritual for me.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:25 AM   #23
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My E36 engine was just simple green. On a cool engine spray everything down with simple green really good (non diluted). Let its sit for a couple minutes and they I wiped most of the grimy spots with a paper towel. Sprayed again with simple green and used a generic brush to scrub all over. I used a spray bottle with just water to wash off what I just scrubbed. Once done just wipe it all down with a towel. I dont use armor all because that attracts dirt. Once you do it the first time, its easier the next time since all the road grim is off. Here is another shot.



Reminds me I need to do this to my E46 I just bought. There is my weekend. I will take some before and afters when I do it.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #24
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So what is it........CLEANING YOUR WINDSHIELD WITH STEEL WOOL.
I've worked in Four detail shops when I was younger, this was a standard practice. Two were dealerships, one autobody shop, and a carwash.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #25
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Do you do any of the other windows with it? How does it do on the windshield for the BMW?

Check....for the really caked up engines......greased lightning......and purple power. Very good degreasers

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #26
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agreed, purple power is great too for really greasy spots.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #27
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I have used a variety of items.

Oven cleaner is the mack daddy of them all. I've never cleaned my m54 with it though.....but it gets rid of everything.

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I used...... with no water on his dusty window. Steel wool.....the window looked new.....the car was a 1986 honda. The reason I didn't use water was because I wanted to see if the steel wool would used the dust to make scratches......it cut through the dust dry and still polished the window. If someon wants pictures I'll post them.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:14 AM   #28
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Do you dilute Simple Green or use it full-strength?
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #29
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Do you dilute Simple Green or use it full-strength?

First time full strength. After that 50/50.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:58 AM   #30
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Someone suggested using a steamer for cleaning (something like Wagner 915 or 905)
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #31
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I'm just not a fan of the comma. Never had any complaints
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:27 PM   #32
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what to do if you had it oil sprayed?? the po had it done for a few years and some of the areas its like a dried up glue that just doesn't come off. The upper front bar is totally covered in this, also the strut towers and other areas.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:59 PM   #33
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what to do if you had it oil sprayed?? the po had it done for a few years and some of the areas its like a dried up glue that just doesn't come off. The upper front bar is totally covered in this, also the strut towers and other areas.
You tried strong degreaser? Scrub with a stiff bristle brush.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:28 PM   #34
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Ok, I'll try to limit the dots......

Steam cleaner
Oven cleaner
Purple power
Greased lightning.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:05 PM   #35
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what to do if you had it oil sprayed?? the po had it done for a few years and some of the areas its like a dried up glue that just doesn't come off. The upper front bar is totally covered in this, also the strut towers and other areas.

You mean that orange colored goo on the shock towers? If so I call that Satan snot cause it is a Bi-otch to get off.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #36
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Yes I mean that ^

Ive used simple green, and planty of ther wheel cleaners. Overall, the engine parts are nice and clean, its just the body thats messed up with that goo
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #37
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Yes I mean that ^

Ive used simple green, and planty of ther wheel cleaners. Overall, the engine parts are nice and clean, its just the body thats messed up with that goo
Mine wasnt that bad, so it came of with some steel wool. Try that with some cleaner or try goo-gone. My buddies white M5 was terrible and we couldnt get it off.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #38
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Steam is the way to go... and an air compressor to get all the little nooks.... The bmw does not get any of that treatment though.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #39
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Never thought of it - bought my car 6 weeks ago - and the weather has been so bad that I had yet to pop the hood. Did it tonight...and it is spotless - looks like one of your pics here in the forum. I was told the previous owner was a car guy/enthusiast and I thought that was BS sales stuff - but evidently it was true. Guess I should have checked when I bought it...could be an indication of the previous owners care.
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This is normally how I clean my car.

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