Cleaned the engine over the weekend and made the mistake from what I've heard of spraying down the engine with a basic cleaner, But the engine was still hot and now I have "soap stains? on my valve covers that makes them look like the paints gone. It really looks like ***t. Is there some "miracle" way to reverse this result?
Are you valve covers painted or polished?? If they are polished, a good metal polish will take the spots right out. If they are painted, get a good automotive cleaning polish. If you have a napa or carquest close, pick up a bottle of Duragloss 101.
What exactly was the basic cleaner you used? If it was a mild degreaser, like Simple Green, the spots should be removable. If you used an engine degreaser or cleaner, the spots are likely permanent, since those are pretty hard on paints.