PowerBall Mini®
Powerball Mini® MD
Genuine Lambswool
Wash Mitt
Microfiber - Ultra Soft
Drying Towel
Microfiber - Ultra Soft
Wheel & Jamb Towel
Applicator Pad
Microfiber - Ultra Soft
Quick Detail Towel
Microfiber - Ultra Soft
Polishing Cloth
Carpet &
Upholstery Brush
Detailing Brushes
Detail Guide - Tips & Tricks

Interior & Cockpit Care
Use a soft, natural bristle brush to loosen clingy dirt and push it into an accessible corner. Then use your vacuum's crevice tool to suck up all the debris.

Repetition is the key to success when cleaning stained carpet. Several sprayings of carpet cleaner, along with brushing and then rubbing with a clean towel in between applications, works best in pulling grime away from the fibers. The whole process should both start and finish with vacuuming.

When taking care of leather you should think of it as your own skin. No, we don't mean you should rub on baby oil, but it should be treated regularly and gently with the right type of cleaner (test an inconspicuous area first).

Follow cleaning with a good leather conditioner that has protective oils such as lanolin, (the same stuff found in a high-quality skin cream). You can even knead it into the surface by hand.

Don't use the same cheical for soft and hard plastics. Use a penetrating protectant on soft or matte-finish (no gloss) vinyl, and a plastic polish on hard or shiny plastic. Apply the chemical to a towel to avoid spots on the windshield or door glass.

Cleaning tinted windows requires special care. Don't use amonia-based cleaners -- and make sure the cloth is made of cotton or microfiber. Specialized glass cleaners are also better for removing that new car hase on the inside.

When you're cleaning the outside of the glass, hard-water spots may require a bit more effort, or you can try Mothers® Chrome Polish to remove them. It may also help with the haze on those hard-to-clean glass windows on a convertible top.

Carpet &
Upholstery Cleaner
Leather Cleaner
Leather Cleaner
Leather Conditioner
Glass Cleaner

Wash & Wax
Oh no! Tweety Bird has left a little present on your hood! To remove it and other stubborn deposits, apply a concentrated amount of car soap and water and let it soak before washing. Or use Mothers® Showtime® Instant Detailer of Mothers FX® Spray Wax to clean up the mess. (And next time, don't park under a tree.)

Hey, what's wrong with this picture? This guy is washing his car in the hot sunlight. But you know better, right? Stay in the shade if you can.

A wool wash mitt works best but rinse it often and work from the top down. If you drop it in the dirt it's better to replace it or at least make certain you've removed every spec of debris or you might end up scratching the finish.

If you must wash when it's hot outside, apply extra water on cleaned surfaces to keep them from drying, or you'll get some water spots.

Before drying off, run a slow flooding flow of water over all surfaces of the car. This will encourage a sheeting action, pulliing more water off the paint as the flow passes.

Using Mothers® Showtime® Instant Detailer, Reflections® Spray Wax and Mothers FX® Spray Wax on a wet, freshly washed car is a quick and easy way to turn up the shine. Just spray one section at a time covering each area liberally, spread the instant detailer or spray wax around evenly with a fresh microfiber towel, if using a spray wax let it dry to a haze and remove all promptly with another clean towel.

Cotton or microfiber towels are the best choice for drying. A sueegee or chamois can damage paint when you drag it across the surface.

California Gold®
Car Wash
Instant Detailer
Spray Wax
Mothers FX®
Spray Wax

Tire Care
If you're using soapy water to scrub the tires' sidewalls, a firm nylon or natural bristle brush makes the job faster. Usually it;s better to clean the tires and wheels before washing the rest of the vehicle, so you take care of the dirtiest areas first, and avoid splashing wheelwell grime on an already washed car.

Instead of spraying a tire dressing directly on the sidewall, apply Mothers® Protectant, Reflections® Tire Care or Mothers FX® Tire Shine to a sponge and then wipe it on. By doing this, you will avoid wasting the product and you'll achieve much neater results.


Wheel Care
When spraying on Mothers® Aluminum Wheel Cleaner, Mothers® Chrome Wheel Cleaner or Mothers FX® Wheel Cleaner, keep a hose handy so you can rinse it off before the product dries on the wheel.

Frequent application of Clear-Coat Wheel Polish not only removes embedded brake dust but also helps to prevent the buildup of it between cleanings.

Don't let wheel polish dry on the wheel. Wipe it off immediately. If it does dry, just reapply the product and wipe it off befor it dries again.

If you're not sure whether your wheels are uncoated aluminum or not, rub a small amount in a low-visibility area with Mothers® Mag & Aluminum Polish, Billet Metal Polish or Mothers® California Gold® Metal Polish®. If it doesn't turn black, then stop immediately. Your wheel is likely coated, visit the Painted, Anodized & Clear-Coated Aluminum section of this Detail Guide.

Mothers® PowerBall® can also be used with Mothers® Mag & Aluminum and Billet Metal polishes. Simply apply the product to the PowerBall® with your fingers and spread it around. A slight sprits of water on the ball will ensure even application. Start the drill on slow, then begin increasing the drill speed. Remove excess with a clean terry cloth or microfiber towel to reveal a top quality shine.

When working on chrome wheels, chase the cleaner with a chrome polish to properly finish the job.

Aluminum Wheel
Chrome Wheel
Mothers FX®
Wheel Cleaner
Mag & Aluminum Polish
Billet Metal Polish
Metal Polish

Exterior Plastic, Rubber & Trim
Regular treatments with Mothers® Protectant preservative will greatly improve the longevity of rubber.

Neglected black trim items or those that have become impregnated with wax residue may require a thorough soaking with Mothers® Back-to-Black® to restore them.

For transparent or shiny items, Mothers® Plastic Polish can help them not only look better but also last longer. If discoloring is extensive, try Mothers® Mag & Aluminum Polish as a more aggressive first step. Yet another option is to use Mothers® PowerBall® with PowerMetal® or PowerPlastic® to get the job done in less time.

Mothers® Mag & Aluminum Polish, Billet Polish and PowerMetal®are all flexible enough to use with brass, aluminum alloys and magnesium, as well as billet aluminum engine parts, accessories and more. With proper technique, all of these polishes can be used with the PowerBall® as an excellent way to turn up the shine factor.

In additon to giving chrome a crisp sparkle, Mothers® California Gold®Chrome Polish protects it with advanced polymers that resist smudges and fingerprints. This polish also works great on glass.

When scrubbing a convertible top, don't use a wire bristle brush. Only nylon or a natural fiber brush and preferably on that's not too stiff.

If you must use bleach, dilute it with water (less than 25% percent bleach), and be sure to wet the surrounding areas and rinse thoroughly. Too much bleach will break down the fibers and damage other components. Use bleach only as a last resort and not very often.

Plastic Polish
Chrome Polish
Mag & Aluminum Polish
Billet Metal Polish

Preparation, Sealing & Waxing
Before using the clay bar, apply a layer of detailing spray on a freshly washed surface. This film will serve as a lubricant for the clay bar so it doesn't stick and leave behind any deposits.

To remove deposits, simply slide the clay bar over the lubricated surface. Be sure to knead the bar regularly to expose fresh clay.

Since a clay bar is so effective at removing deposits, it takes off wax as well. Plan on re-waxing the finish after using a clay bar.

Removing scratches may require a stronger polish and rubbing against it from varying directions. Don't use too much pressure though, or you might damage the surrounding paint.

Hear's a neat time-saver: Apply a rubber/plastic preservative, like Mothers® Protectant or Back-to-Black® to all non-paint surfaces before waxing or polishing to help keep that unpainted area from being stained by waxes.

Polish before waxing in order to smooth the surface and bring back the luster of your paint.

Less is more when applying wax or polishes. Several thin layers go a long way - and don't use a lot of pressure. Also, pour the material on the applicator or towel, not directly on the paint to prevent streaks from forming.

If you looked at your paint under a magnifying glass here's what you might see: gouges, scratches and old wax buildup. Use both polish and sealer to get your finish to look like the drawing on the right instead of the left.

To properly finish a paint-detailing job, a sealer/glaze conceals any remaining spots or blemishes.

Although a sealer/glaze has the advantage of allowing for repeated application without re-polishing, it should not be used in place of wax which provides a hard shell of protection from the elements.

Wax can accumulate in the nooks and crannies around emblems and trim pieces. Get rid of that unsightly buildup with a small brush before it has a chance to harden.

No time to wash? Just use a car duster and your choice of Mothers® Showtime® Instant Detailer, Reflections® Spray Wax or Mothers FX® Spray Wax. These products will save you time and water. (Just as long as you car isn't too dirty.)

Clay Bar System
Instant Detailer
California Gold®
Scratch Remover
Advanced Car Wax
Mothers FX®
Pre-Wax Cleaner
Step 1
Sealer & Glaze
Step 2
Pure Carnauba Wax®
Step 3
Cleaner Wax
Advanced Top Coat
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