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Annoying Dirt on 458 Manifolds: Fix

Discussion in 'Detailing & Showroom' started by Bob in Texas, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. Bob in Texas

    Bob in Texas Formula 3

    Apr 23, 2012
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    If you have a 458 you have probably found that after EVERY drive there will be dust/dirt buildup on the little ridges on the red manifold covers (I guess that's what you call them). See the pic with the screwdriver pointing to the area. Short drive, long drive didn't matter, the dirt would be back and I'd clean it again which is problematic because the red paint wipes off easily. I only use water to wipe them down.

    On a whim, I sprayed the manifold covers with Griots Engine Bay Dressing after the umpteenth time cleaning them. The red color immediately just popped and looked brand-spanking new. Ok, great little find.

    Over the past weekend, I drove 250 miles with the local FCA group. When I got home, I found that there wasn't a bit of dust on the manifold ridges. The car was covered in dirt but not a spec where it normally would be. Woohoo.

    Anyway you get it. This might be a handy product to keep around the garage if you are into detailing.
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  3. 3POINT8

    3POINT8 F1 Rookie

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    awesome post!!! i thought i was the only one with this problem! buying now
     
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  4. ShadowLAP

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    I’m ordering tonight as well. Thanks for the info.
     
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  5. Ngcanada

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    Nice and thanks for sharing.....did you just spray and let it dry, or did you spray and wipe? Did you spray on any other plastic or rubber parts? Thanks in advance!!
     
  6. Bob in Texas

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    I’ve used this stuff for several years, on my 430 and now the 458. I keep it away from the MAF but you can coat most parts and wiring according to the label.

    Just spray on, no wiping


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  8. spyder625

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    actually my spider doesn't get dirty on those ridges..
     
  9. Ngcanada

    Ngcanada Karting

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    Thanks for responding Bob!
     
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  10. David P

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    Thank you for the tip, this is a constant problem and tired of dragging out the shop vac all the time. Looking forward to giving it a try!
     
  11. Bob in Texas

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    Hope it works for y'all the way it did for me. Clean the red covers before spraying, but don't rub too hard. Even so you might get a bit of red on the cloth.

    Spiders don't have this problem? Maybe the airflow design is different for them...
     
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  13. mattexplore

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    This is a great tip, thanks so much!
     
  14. Extreme1

    Extreme1 Formula Junior

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    I used a soft bristle brush with degreaser and water. Then I dried it with a leaf blower. The Griots Engine Spray works great. Don’t wipe it off, let it dry.


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  15. whatheheck

    whatheheck F1 Rookie
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    Thanks for sharing Bob.

    I've used Griots engine bay dressing for many years on my cars and not only they make the engine shine like new it does indeed repel dust.

    Highly recommended.

    Dan


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