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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-13-2005, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hood Insulation Cleaning

Now that the Cobra's first winter is past, is there a time proven method of cleaning the hood insulation of all the crud that collected there? It's a thicker mat than any other car I've had and has the logo embedded in it or I'd just throw a vacuum against it. Thanks.
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I was able to get the lettering on mine back to the original white, using a steam cleaner. But it didn't do a whole lot for the rest of it.
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Thanks for the info, I might give that a try.
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I would just pull it off. I removed mine, they are impossible to keep clean. They are just there to keep the engine noise down.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-17-2005, 03:28 PM
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I would just pull it off. I removed mine, they are impossible to keep clean. They are just there to keep the engine noise down.


the only bad thing is ford doesnt paint the hood underneath it.
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I would take a power sprayer to it and try and not get in any soap in it IMO.

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the only bad thing is ford doesnt paint the hood underneath it.
I had a black Chebby truck in which the hood blanket frayed so I pulled it off. There was just a light coat of black paint under it and was mostly primer. I just bought another hood blacket. What a pisser. Well, it was not even painted between the bed and cab either.


Anyway, about cleaning them. I have had pretty good luck with lightly spraying them with the water hose. If they are real dirty I use a soft brush a light soap solution. I have an electric leaf blower which I use to get most of the water off the car when I dry it. I use it on the hood blacket to get most of the water out of it. It has worked for me.
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Only problem with using soap on those is you never get all of it back out. And it can sometimes leave waves in it since it is black and soap tends to show up white.

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Only problem with using soap on those is you never get all of it back out. And it can sometimes leave waves in it since it is black and soap tends to show up white.
I actually never had that problem. I used a light soap solution though and I did not do it every time I washed the car. Normally I just used water from the hose nozzle. I more of less lightly brushed the badly soiled area with a brush with some light soap. I would not get the entire liner with soap. The soap never soaked in as the underside of the liner was made of some shiny black material which was not very absorbent at all. The under layers of it were abosrbant though if you used a lot of water. Guess it really depends on the type liner on the car. The light soap helped to remove those crusty nasty stains that the water alone did not. I did make sure all the soap was off of it but it never soaked in. It worked good for me atleast. I just did the liner and engine comp. on my dad's Exploder with 90K miles. Actually turned out well. He never cleaned under the hood. I don't think the liners will ever stay pretty on a daily driver. My water pump just went out so I have coolant all over mine now.

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I don't think the liners will ever stay pretty on a daily driver. My water pump just went out so I have coolant all over mine now.
I got rid of mine long ago on my daily. Not worth the hassle.

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I got rid of mine long ago on my daily. Not worth the hassle.
I am considering it now. When the pump went out I have all this dried coolant in the liner now that is not coming out.
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I just pulled mine out, everytime i went to go clean the engine it would just get dusty from the liner as soon as i shut the hood.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-19-2005, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the ideas guys. I'll keep starin' at it, hoping it cleans itself for now.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-21-2005, 08:28 PM
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just get a good water hoes with a good spray handle. thats what I did
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