I'd like to clean up my engine compartment and paint before installing my engine....What the best method for cleaning the heavy grease around the gear box, and powersteering??...
Great job on your build...and thanks for the info...First, scrape away as much of the stuff as you can with a putty knife and a wire brush. Then spray on Castrol Super Clean real heavy and let it soak in over night. Scrub with a scrub brush and warm water. Wear safety goggles, you do not want Super Clean in your eyes!
Before you paint, wipe everything down with wax and grease remover (get it from a parts store or paint shop). It is important to clean, clean, clean or your new paint won't stick.
Last step - rattle can baby! I use rattle can paint for everything.
Feel free to check out my build thread. I have done everything using the above method, including the engine and entire engine bay.
I used SEM Rustshield Black....it covers great with spray gun or you can even use a brush. We mixed a second batch using their gloss enhancer/hardner to paint the rad. support, brackets, inner fenders, air cleaner, wheels, etc....the stuff is like powder coating when it dries...tough as nails.what kind of paint did you use on the frame and firewall and what color
was it. got mine cleaned today and fixing to paint.
Have you tried Castrol Super Clean? I've used the Oil Eater stuff, and it works great on my BBQ, but didn't hold a candle to Super Clean for engine grease and underhood filth. Just my experience.I used Oil Eater on all of my engine bay work, you can buy it at Costco and its biodegradeable so no toxic fumes. :yes:
I used this on the bottom of my '69 Nova. WOW! This works great, but make sure not to make ANY skin contact. I had some interesting scabs on the side of my head because it ate my skin. Get a scraper and some cardboard on the ground underneath.Another great degreaser (cheap too) is Easy off oven cleaner. ONLY if you are gonna repaint, it will attack paint too. JR
just don't let it set for too long on a painted surface. somehow it penetrated the paint in my engine bay and the paint peeled up.Simple Green!!
100% straight, apply when engine is dry. Do not pre-rinse.
Yeah, caustic as hell. I used it alot for some of my old machinery rework. What couldnt fit in the 25gal boiling pot of TSP and water got shot with easy-off. And this was on some 40-50 year old industrial grease. What I did learn was watch the fumes. And a simple dust mask works. Its not the fumes like solvent but the spray itself, DONT wanna breath that in. JRI used this on the bottom of my '69 Nova. WOW! This works great, but make sure not to make ANY skin contact. I had some interesting scabs on the side of my head because it ate my skin. Get a scraper and some cardboard on the ground underneath.
Simple green? I have never seen S/G hurt anything, I know if you let it dry, it's hell cleaning off!just don't let it set for too long on a painted surface. somehow it penetrated the paint in my engine bay and the paint peeled up.