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Issue Sixteen
February 25, 2005
Chip Foose & The OverHaulin' Crew
Seven Cars to Watch for 2005
Mothers® Waxes Polishes Cleaners
2005 Scion tC
2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12
Lidatek LaserECHO LE-30 Laser Jammer
Ultimate Ears:
In-ear Monitors
Porsche Cayman
Spy Photos
Coming Next Issue
Geneva Auto Show
Porsche 911 S
Spring Cleaning
Hot Lap
Got Wax?
Spring Cleaning with Mothers
® Hot New Products (continued)

The Mothers FX Line - all new and highly advanced

Mothers Power Products - designed specifically for machine use

Wheel marring - we'll tackle the marring with Mothers products

Mothers PowerBall in use

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Car Care & Detailing Forum
And finally, Mothers® released a line of FX products, designed for the "next generation car enthusiast." The FX products were specifically designed to provide maximum shine and protection. The all new FX line includes: FX SynWax, FX Spray Wax, FX Wheel Cleaner, and FX Tire Shine. The high-tech products are packaged in slick new bottles that remind me of high-end German car care products. Mothers® definitely didn't skimp on the packaging for their new products.

So how do all of these slick new products, complete with advanced polymer-technology, months of R&D and top notch packaging perform? Let's find out.

The first order of business was to tackle the wheels. After 4 months of spinning their way through a wintery mix of sand, salt, snow and slush, they were in dire need of cleaning. I sprayed a liberal amount of FX Wheel Cleaner on a wheel, agitated it lightly with an old wash mitt and rinsed it clean. Much to my delight, the wheel was nice and clean. I repeated this on the remaining three wheels and then set about cleaning the wheel wells of the Tahoe with a mild, all purpose cleaner and another old wash mitt. The Mothers
® FX Wheel Cleaner worked like a charm - the spray pattern was well controlled, the spray pump delivered plenty of foamy cleaner, and the FX Wheel Cleaner safely and effectively cleaned my wheels. Score 1 for Mothers.

With the wheels and wheel wells clean, I gave the body of the Tahoe a well deserved (and needed) bath. I worked top to bottom, using plenty of water to flood the panels before washing. I rinsed my mitt often to help flush away any grit and grime. With the truck washed, I clayed the surface with my Mothers
® clay bar. For those not familiar with clay, let me just say that you've never experienced "clean" until you've clayed. Clay works like an exfoliant for your paint's "skin" - it lifts embedded debris from the surface and leaves your paint silky smooth. Clay won't remove defects like swirls or spiderwebs, but it will safely deep clean the paint. I often liken clay to a tweezers - it lifts the debris from your paint much like a tweezers removes splinters from your finger. Just remember to use plenty of lubricant when you're claying - I prefer to use a quality quick detailer spray because of the added lubricity that it provides.

Alright. The Tahoe was washed and clayed, and ready for the next step. I broke out my trusty Porter Cable random orbital buffer, a yellow foam cutting pad and my new bottle of Mothers
® PowerPolish Stage 1. I applied a modest amount of the dark grey liquid to my buffing pad, set the buffer against my paint, worked it around manually for a few seconds, then turned on the power. I was impressed because unlike so many other products I've used, there was no "sling." The product spread quickly and evenly, and I went about working it into the surface.

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