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.
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.
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.