Motor Kote Engine Coating

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Maintenance | No Comments

I detailed my engine about 3 weeks ago. After a few rain showers and a trip to SMORR, it was no longer clean. I’ve read a lot of threads on AutoGeek’s forum about professional detailing. While I have no desire to become a professional detailer, I can appreciate their methods and effort while trying to pick up tips from their knowledge and experience. Many, many threads reference a product that most detailers seem to use, they simply call it Motor Kote. Every post seemed to have good things to say about the product. Most of these guys are detailing high-end cars or maintaining expensive car collections. Being a Jeep owner who occasionally seeks dirt and mud on purpose I’m in the minority on AutoGeek’s forum. But, anything that can make a trip off-road easier to cleanup sounds good. So, I ordered the product. Auto Geek is a good source but you can also find it on Amazon.

Sonus Trim & Motor Kote is an acrylic wax coating that protects textured plastic, rubber, cast aluminum, vinyl and paint. It’s designed for high temperature applications, Sonus Trim & Motor Kote withstands 240 to 280 degree temperatures for extended periods, making it the perfect wax coating for your engine, bed liner and other exposed black plastic trim. The product dries to a clear, dust resistant, satin finish. Unlike most dressings, Trim & Motor Kote penetrates, bonds and dries hard to completely protect the treated surface.


I’m interested in how long it will last. I’m expecting weeks to months. The Meguiar’s Auto Dressing I usually apply last up to a week.

Be careful with the bottle. The first shipment I received got smashed and all the product leaked out. The second delivery reached me without incident. However, before we used the product a friend accidentally dropped the bottle on my concrete driveway and it cracked down the bottle’s seam. We had to transplant the liquid to an empty Windex bottle. Looks like they put their effort in the product, not the packaging.


After applying the Motor Kote acrylic sealant the engine looks great. It has a wet appearance but it’s completely dry. I’ll provide an update to see how long it last.

Shake well before use. Thoroughly clean and dry engine or trim before treatment (I busted out my leaf blower again). Protect areas that you do not want coated with Sonus Trim & Motor Kote.

Spray two generous coats to cover area, allowing 15-30 minutes drying time between coats. Do not wipe off the product. Allow one hour final drying time before use. Remove over spray with a damp towel before product dries. For exterior use only. Not recommended as a tire dressing (I’m not sure why). After use, flush sprayer with fresh water to prevent clogging.