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4/6/12 4:33am - Original Message: 'Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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Indianapolis, IN - USA

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Silver 1974 Convertible - L82 4 speed Low miles (was only 8,900 when I bought it in March 2006) - Now 42K miles. Original owner bought it as an investment for son's college expenses. 2008 Jetstream Blue Convertible - DAILY DRIVER!!

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I have a little project going to try to give the engine a bit of a shine and have 2 main questions:
 
1.  Is there a product any of you use (or have heard others using) to give under hood items a nice shine and keep that shine going (with regular attention, of course)?  I didn't know if any of the products I use on the outside would work well under the hood (sadly, I haven't spent too much time working there over the years).  Didn't know if regular waxes and polishes would stand up to the heat.
 
2.  How to give and keep a non-rust look to exhaust manifolds - I know ebo and others have talked about Caylx or other products.  I had spoken to some folks about possibly bead blasting or other techniques to clean them up, but didn't know the best method to keep them looking good after a process like that (or if it's even neccessary).
 
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4/6/12 10:01am - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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greer, SC - USA

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C(6-5+2)VR - 1964 convertible 327/365 & 2003 convertible - 50th Anniversary Edition & 2010 3LT Coupe

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for the chrome and general "cleaning" I use windex and paper towels or a rag ... works just fine and many have commented on how well the engine bay looks.
 
exhaust manifolds - no clue.
 
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4/6/12 10:47am - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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Flanders, NJ - USA

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1982 Black, ZZ4, Hooker Side Pipes, 3.55 Rear, Rebuilt & upgraded 700R4, All new suspension, brakes, & new Charcoal interior.

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I also use Windex for cleaning and also use Armorall to shine things up a bit. If you have a lot of grease then you need to use a engine cleaner or some kind of de-greaser first.
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4/6/12 11:11am - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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Wal Mart has this purple bottle stuff may be made by Castrol? That does it all, full strenght for grease, dillute for gereral cleaning.
Trust me the Caylx manifold dressing is the bomb.....too easy...plastic glove and rub on with finger tip over rust and all. Looks brand new.
Those armorall cleaner wipes in the jug work great also.
And band aids......lots of band aids.......Ouch
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4/7/12 11:18am - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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How much Caylx do I need to do both manifold sides?  Looks like it comes in 3 oz jars

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4/7/12 1:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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It goes a long ways, one jar will last you your next few vettes for sure.
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4/7/12 6:11pm - Reply: 'Re: Giving The Engine Bay A Shine'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

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Caylx is great stuff. I put it on with a toothbrush. Did the master cylinder too. Looks great and as Ebo says, last forever.

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