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Old 12 Jul 2017, 04:37 am
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Default Engine clean and headlight restore...yay or nay

When they detailed my PT Comvertible a couple weeks ago they got here late so didn't have time to do the engine clean...they are going to come back this week to do it and a headlight restore/sand due to the upper part of my lights having the foggy/scratch thing going on.

What's your thoughts on engine cleaning...never had it done on any of my cars so feedback is welcome!

On the headlights he sands them etc but doesn't clear coat them...says it yellows them...but I've read a lot where it says to clear coat...again feedback and slaughestions needed as I have never had to have my headlights done either...I've always just replaced them in the past.
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Old 12 Jul 2017, 08:16 am
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The engine cleaning is fine but some people then have engine dressing products applied, some can be shiny others not so much. You usually see these products used on used cars when they are trying to sell them. I've never been a fan of those products because they could be trying to hide any potential leaks, I would rather see a clean dry engine. But if your engine is already clean and dry and you know there are no leaks, then the products are probably fine.

On the headlight restore, I've used the 3M products and have great results on keeping the headlights clear. Once cleaned there are products to keep them clear which should be periodically used or they can degrade again.
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 12:50 pm
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The no clear polishing will go back to foggy in three months if not kept in a garage. You can buy clear that is not amber looking. But it will yellow some and even peal about a year later, without any up keep. If waxed with the car it would last even longer. Even so you can sand off the clear and redo them again. Higher end clears might be better. But have to have spray equipment if retailer can't do spray can filling of the automotive clear coat urethan. 😊
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 01:21 pm
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I used the Wipe New Headlight Kit I got at O'Reilly Auto for $9.99. Worked pretty nicely. I figure they were about 90% better than they were before.
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I don't clean the engine in both of my Pt Cruisers as they both have the TIPM and prefer not to risk getting any water or moisture in it.
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I don't clean the engine in both of my Pt Cruisers as they both have the TIPM and prefer not to risk getting any water or moisture in it.
I would worry about that, too, and sometimes I would cover the TIPM with either plastic or foil to give it some protection. But when I recently replaced the TIPM on my PT, I opened up the old one and it was just as nice and clean inside as could be, not a single bit of evidence that any water had ever gotten inside. The TIPM cover has a seal around it and on the bottom of the TIPM where the connector sockets come through the case, those also have a rubber gasket around them. One detail shop that I had taken my PT to one time refused to clean the engine, even though it was part of their normal detail process. I guess they must have been burned at one time of doing some electrical damage to a car and had to pay for the repairs.
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i wetsand them by hand with 400 grit and spray them with clear lacquer spray paint from the hardware store. works great even on really messed up lights. i did these in 2009. they've seen years of summers heat/sun and winters snow/salt/ice and they still look as good as the day i did them.

Takes me about 20 minutes and costs less than $10.


I only clean the engine if it's a car i will be working on some day. Keeps ME cleaner
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Old 13 Jul 2017, 07:13 pm
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I have yet to wash my engine as I'm scared Shi×less of messing something up. But I know several people on the forum clean their engines regularly with no detrimental effects.

I sanded and then clearcoated my headlights with a UV resistant clear coat allot two years ago. They've been through a NY summer, winter, and now summer again, and they are still clear as the first day.

I was them every time I wash and wax the car.
The nice thing with clear coat is, if they do fade, you can use a light comound on them and then buff them back out.
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Takes me about 20 minutes and costs less than $10.


I only clean the engine if it's a car i will be working on some day. Keeps ME cleaner
I did the same but with red scotchbrite as an abrasive, clear coat, and then a machine polish. BIG improvement. Although, you can only do so much with very badly oxidized plastics. Even if the damage is inside the lens.
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I ALWAYS and regularly clean my engines in any USA manufactured vehicle from 2000 and newer. These are made with electrical parts a LOT BETTER for sealing then previous years. Just dont BLAST the ECU. Simple!!!!!
I use to have picture showing my PT engine and completely soaped up and have yet in 5 years ever had a problem. These engine are not that scary to wash!

I dont really like the head light restore kits for any head light that is badly weathered. Trust me it is BS that they work. Most better body shops will not even attempt to do the work. If your plastic lens are just starting to show the ZOMBIE scratches you may get away with a kit other wise IMHO dont waste your time and if you do be honest and post a truthful response about the experience so others may consider NOT to use the kits. Head light are cheap for a PT Cruiser, IMHO replace them.
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