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Detailing your Mk1, inside and out

Detail job

I love a clean car, and a clean engine bay is a good thing.
What I have learned over the years I am going to tell you how
I get it clean, and how I keep it clean.

When I am replacing a major component, IE: starter, tranny, strut..
I clean it off and then clean the surrounding area.
Why put a clean part on a dirty car?

To clean it I have found these cleaners to be about the best bang for the buck:

  • Totally Awesome From the Family Dollar Store 3 bucks for a half gallon.
  • Cheap Oven Cleaner Any type the cheaper the better.
  • 409 purple multi-surface For glass.
  • Orange Pledge For vinyl after cleaning. I used this stuff for years on my diesel's dash.
  • 303 Aerospace protectorant For vinyl tops and dash.
  • WD-40
  • STP Wire-dry To dry out electrical connections.

For cleaning a greasy grimy tranny that you have out of the car for a clutch change.
Turn it up on the bell housing and spray it with oven cleaner then wait 20 minutes
wipe off the plastic and rubber parts.
Hose off with pressure sprayer or hose. You will see it eat the grease off with no
or very little scrubbing. (can change the color of your aluminum)
Spray with "Totally Awesome" let it work, then power wash it or hose it off.
Allow to dry, you will find that there isn't a shred of grease left if there is respray
and brush rinse and dry.
You can then prime and paint the object usually without further cleaning.

To do the engine compartment...

Spray everything with WD-40 allow to sit 10 minutes or so, then wipe heavy areas.
Spray with Totally Awesome, and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then pressure wash.
(Totally Awesome will pit paint use carefully and if you get it on paint flush with water)
I use a pressure washer and spray it a couple of times to get it clean, then wipe off standing water.
Spray everything with WD-40, and wipe off to a shine. Then Spray all connectors, spark-wires and
Dizzy Cap with STP Wire-dry...Then i can start the engine.

To do the seats I use "Totally Awesome and spray them down and wipe off with a couple of clean rags.
I then spray the seats with Pledge, it is a combination of Mineral Oil and wax, it tends to penetrate
the vinyl a bit to keep it supple.

For nasty Areas I use Totally awesome and scrub a bit then wash off, I do not let it sit to long.
I power wash and spray with WD-40 Then wipe off excess.

For a Vinyl top, I use Diluted Totally Awesome about a cap full to a quart of water.
I spray small areas scrub with a soft brush and wipe with a clean rag respray then re-wipe.
I spray it with 303 Aero-space Protectorant allow to soak for a bit
then wipe off excess.

Once every 6 months I clean the top, then spray it with WD-40, I allow it to soak in and dry
then wipe off the excess. I lightly spray it on the back side of the top where I can.
This will allow the vinyl to get some of the oils back in
it. I then wait a week to spray it with 303.

For glass I use the 409 Purple, as it is a good cleaner and streak free.
I use Rain-ex on the front and rear windows.

For Household use, "Totally Awesome" is da bomb, it works faster than anything I have ever seen,
a cup full in a steam cleaner will pull dang near everything out of the carpet.

I have taken a cupful, and washed my shop rags and shop clothes in hot water, and they come out
absolutely clean, as a grease spotter is is exceptional.

Write up courtesy of Brian, of www.Mk1Dubs.com

Contributed By: Sparky on Saturday, November 08 [ Rate this tutorial ]

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