Product Review – Mothers California Gold Cleaner Wax.
Mothers Brazilian Carnauba Cleaner Wax is a one step cleaner for painted surfaces.
Wipe a micro fibre cloth over the vehicle surface.
If it feels rough or has stains this product has very fine compound with
Brazilian Carnauba wax for protection and shine.
Good for minor flaws in the paint a fine scratches.
Suitable for fibreglass and gel- coat surfaces.(marine craft)
Also good for using after clay bar treatment.
I recommend this product and have it as one of my waxes I use regularly.
I find a lot of people use often, harsh cutting compounds finishing polishes
that are not suitable to the paint condition.
Waxing over a dirty or rough surface is only wasting the wax but also your time.
Using this product will no harm the clear coat.
Can be put on with a foam or microfiber cloth or machine using a foam pad.
Option adding a finishing wax or quick detail-er will enhance the finish.
10 Tips for Cleaning Your Car.
1.When washing the car don’t forget to clean
the inside door openings and rubber seals.
Most people forget this task.
2. When cleaning the plastic, vinyl or leather.
use a damp microfibre cloth and spray cleaner.
Most spray and wipe sprays are ok … But test first.
on the cloth not on there sure to avoid going
where you don’t want it too.
If Leather finish with a leather conditioner.
A good all rounder cleaner and conditioner is Kitten
I use a industrial leather conditioner called console care.
Avoid Ammorall as it greasy and attracts dirt.
3. When cleaning clear plastic in gauges sat nave,
rear view mirror etc…
use a fine microfibre cloth for windows spray in
in the cloth. ( avoid glass cleaner with ammonia.
and spray as you don’t want the liquid to seep inside the gauges.
Also a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid in a filtered
4.When cleaning around the console and dash area
have old tooth brush or small nail brush to clean crumbs and dirt
that can’t be removed via a cloth alone.
5.For cleaning Air vents have a dusting brush or a small vacuum cleaner brush tool.
any cloth you use for dusting inside should be Ok also.
6. To clean exterior black rubber , black plastic and interior rubber seals
around the windscreen wiper grill section or grills not painted.
use you spray and wipe or also a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid in a filtered
spray bottle. Using a cloth wipe area clean then finish with my secret weapon
Rubber, Plastic revive (peanut oil from the supermarket…
This will help preserve and drying out…. and gives a gloss new car look.
7.When washing the car wash the wheels and under the guards and tyres first.
wash with a wheel cleaner if must but avoid acid base cleaners.
Also wd -40 works well to remove stubborn brake dust.
A small amount of dish washing Liquid in a pressure washer or bucket.
And if you got a wheel brush that good for hared to get areas.
Rinse the apply a wash n wax or instant detailer to leave wax coating on the wheels.
if Chrome use auto chrome polish like Mothers or Autosol.
8. Most people don’t clean there car mats often enough.
If rubber its easy just wash with detergent then Rinse and dry.
have deck scrub brush for stubborn dirt.
If Carpet mats have stiff brush and brush mat to remove excessive sand,
pet hair, food crumbs. Tip hold the mat vertical against a wall or gate.
Lay flat in the boot, cargo area vacuum using a small brush tool or crevasse tool.
Vacuum then spot any stains with carpet cleaner and damp cloth.
A cheap but good cleaner is Simple Green carpet clean from Bunnings.
Good for stains on cloth upholstery seats too.
9. Have water bottle and cloth for removing
bird droppings and tree sap from cars exterior clear coat.
spray on a cloth and wipe clean.
If left to dry it will eat the clear coat and leave clear water like stain.
that sometimes may need to have the clear coat pane resprayed for excessive damage.
10.To avoid scratches when washing the car.
Use a pressure washer rinse first starting for the roof and then 2 sides rear and bonnet and front.
Wash each section with car wash or wash n wax.
Rinse again then dry off.
If using a bucket get a grill from Auto barn to trap the dirt at the bottom and keeping your wash mitt,
I don’t like sponges as they catch if they pick up dirt.
When drying off avoid chamois as they can scratch if they pick up some dirt.
I use a open weave microfibre cloth MLH.
At all cost avoid drive through car washers or cheap car wash detailers.
I see they damage done often.
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I get asked often why the text on vehicle run in reverse?
We read text from left to right in English.
Some Languages read right to left.
so it can not be reversed to be readable.
Most graphics get that option.
This is the same for any signage for any vehicle.
Only time you see this is on Emergency vehicles
so they can be read in a rear view mirror or helicopter.
Pics below show Drivers Side and Passengers Side of a vehicle RHD.
Quickie very basic car a wash n wax vacuum
or drive through car washes that could damage your car paint.
Recycled water and dirty cleaning cloths or mops.
Vacuum or stream alone does not remove dirt embedded.
it needs extraction via shampooer to remove dirt and smells.
I see the damage on a weekly basis.
In-exprienced operators not spending enough time or care.
Cheap products and drying with contaminants still in the paint causing scratches.
Washing alone does not remove dirt, water spots bugs and tar….
Do a Test …Wipe a microfibre cloth over the surface if it feels rough
you may a need a paint clean, clay bar treatment or compound.
Inspect each panel If dull or faded you may need a compound then finishing polish
to bring back that shine and protection.
If the clear coat is missing or severe damaged by sun you may need to get a new respray clear coat.
Charging inflated prices for extras
Or New Start up businesses after quick buck(Fly in Fly out Bottom Feeders.
It takes years to learn the trade.
More than a a bucket a sponge or wash n wax out of a pressure washer.
Yes car maintenance is important and can be a chore for non car lover or busy person
Please check out my other posts on hints and tips.
My Online Store is now open for vinyl cut stickers
SMALL ORDER VINYL CUT STICKERS from $20 by Auto Revive
Say it with Custom Made Vinyl Cut Sticker.
Cut Vinyl Stickers are great for single colour logos or lettering for windows,
vehicles, boats or business advertising.
I have listed some popular stickers on in my store.
These can shipped within Australia with a set fee.
Payment via Paypal or cash if local and can pickup.
Vinyl Cut Lettering and Graphics
What are vinyl cut stickers?
Vinyl cut stickers are cut to shape, this eliminates the need for printing inks and background material. Vinyl cut stickers are also called Computer Cut Decals or and Die-Cut Decals.
Vinyl cut stickers create a professional appearance for signs, windows, cars, trucks, boats industrial & commercial equipment, in fact you can apply vinyl decals to any clean smooth surface, so are great across many applications. We provide vinyl cut stickers on pre-spaced and pre-masked sheet for an easy, quick and professional application.
How long do they last?
Depending on the vinyl quality used, they have an outdoor life from 1 year up to 8 years.
Auto Revive uses a Premium vinyl that’s rated up to 8 years outdoors continuously.
How do I remove bubbles after installation?
Most bubbles will disappear within a few weeks, if there are any remaining, use a pin to pierce the bubbles and use your finger to press the air out.
Will the vinyl cut sticker fade over time?
No. Vinyl is not printed, it is dyed and cannot fade however it will break down over time with prolonged exposure to the sun.
Can you make multiple colour vinyl cut sticker?
Yes, using layered vinyl colours, vinyl cut stickers can be made in multiple colours, however, this is considerably more expensive as there are more materials and labour involved.
For the safety of you and other road uses
Please do not answer phone or sms while driving.
unless you have hands free to talk.
Heavy fines are on the way… for Western Australia.
Below is for a iphone but sure there a feature available for Android.
How to use the Do Not Disturb while driving feature
With iOS 11, your iPhone can sense when you might be driving and prevent notifications.
The first time your iPhone running iOS 11 senses that you might be driving, it shows a description of the Do Not Disturb while driving feature after you stop. (This description appears only in certain countries; if it doesn’t appear, follow the steps below to enable the feature.)
Tap Turn On While Driving, and it will turn on automatically when your iPhone connects to
your car via Bluetooth1 or when your iPhone senses driving motion. You can change the method your iPhone uses to determine whether you’re driving, or turn the feature on manually.
Turn it on and off in Control Center
You can let Do Not Disturb while driving turn on automatically, or you can add it to Control Center for convenient manual access:
1. Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
2. Tap next to Do Not Disturb While Driving.
Now you can swipe up from the bottom of your screen and tap to turn the feature on or off.
What to expect while it’s active
Here’s what to expect when Do Not Disturb while driving is turned on. You can customize many of these features in Settings.
• Your iPhone stays silent and the screen stays dark. If someone sends you a message, they receive an automatic reply letting them know that you’re driving. If the message is important, the sender can type the word “urgent” to make sure that you receive a notification. Then you can pull over to read their important message or ask Siri to read it to you.
• iPhone delivers some notifications, such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms.
• Phone calls are delivered using the same conditions as standard Do Not Disturb: You can allow calls only from your Favorites, and allow calls to come through if the same
person calls twice in a row. If your iPhone connects to your car via Bluetooth, calls will come through as usual, and you can use your car’s buttons, microphones, and speakers to take your call.
• If you use Maps to navigate, your iPhone still shows lock-screen navigation help and gives turn-by-turn instructions.
• If you’re a passenger and you try to use your iPhone while the feature is active, you
must tap I’m Not Driving to turn it off.
Customize its features
You can customize how Do Not Disturb while driving works in Settings > Do Not Disturb. Tap Activate to choose how you’d like Do Not Disturb while driving to turn on.
• Automatically: Your iPhone uses information like motion detection and network connections to sense that you might be driving, and turns on the feature.2 3
• When Connected to Car Bluetooth: Do Not Disturb while driving starts when your phone connects to your car’s hands-free system.3
• Manually: Use Control Center to turn on Do Not Disturb while driving before you begin.
Tap Auto-Reply To and choose who receives an auto-reply, then tap Auto-Reply to customize the message they receive. If someone still needs to contact you, they can break through Do Not Disturb by sending “urgent” as an additional message.
Use Restrictions to keep it on
Are you the parent of a young driver? You can prevent changes to Do Not Disturb while driving to make sure that it remains a part of their safe driving habits.
1. On your child’s iPhone, go to Settings > General > Restrictions.
2. If you haven’t used Restrictions before, enter a new passcode. Remember this
passcode for any future changes.
3. Under Allow Changes, tap Do Not Disturb While Driving.
4. Select Don’t Allow Changes.
Reply from Road Safety Council W.A.
Thank you for your email and for taking the time to contact the RSC, and for your concern for road safety in Western Australia.
Your suggestions are noted.
Business Support Officer
Road Safety Commission
Mother’s Synthetic Wax is easy to use and a little goes a long way. It spreads easily and buffs off even easier. The smell is great as well. Durability is easily 3-6 months depending on conditions.
This synthetic wax works well. IMHO it should be be last coat applied to your car. *****
I Also recommend Clay bar a yearly.
I usually clay bar cars or use mothers cleaner wax, then apply this product to seal it.
or Mothers Professional Finishing polish for (dark cars)
I regularly wash customer cars and throw a quick coat is this wax on. Cars look great as a result.
This wax goes on easily and buffs off even easier. Just be careful, any black trim you get the wax on needs to be wiped up immediately unless you like long lasting white smudges on it.
The protection seems very long lasting. Water will still bead quickly. I find that road grime washes off quite easily as this wax seals it from the paint.
Features & Benefits
Mothers synthetic wax provides unparalleled depth, shine and protection in an easy-to-apply, effortless-to-remove formula. Our specially formulated micro encapsulated polymers form a chemical bond to protect your paint s surface, while ultra-fine polishes bring out the gloss and luster you to your car paint.
• Deep wet shine
• Maximum polymer protection
• Easy-to-use formula
Pour a small amount on a microfiber or suitable applicator. Massage thoroughly onto the surface. Allow to dry to a haze. Remove with a microfiber or soft cloth. Turn towel frequently for best buffing action.
After nearly a few decades of detailing customer cars, I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats.
With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats.
You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too aggressive. Also…don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic surfaces.
Sand can often be very awkward and time consuming to remove from carpets and mats. Once trodden in it works it’s way to the bottom of the fibres of the upholstery and will remain there until it is dealt with properly.
I’ve found that the soft brush attachment on any vacuum cleaner is the best way to clean auto carpet and seats. With that car, I would start up top with micro fiber towels gently wiping away the sand and then using the brush attachment from there on the carpets and seats. You can also use the brush attachment on the plastics, but be careful not to be too agressive. Also, don’t keep using the towels when they trap too much sand, because it will scratch the plastic.
The brush attachment will make quick work of the sand in the carpets and seats.
The second step is to lay the mats down and use a stiff bristled upholstery or detailing brush to agitate them.
This will further help to release any ingrained particles from the fibres, lifting them up to the surface. Work the brush in alternate directions and ensure all areas are sufficiently agitated.
After brushing the mats the third step is to give them a thorough vacuum. A crevice tool type attachment should be used as this provides the best possible suction.
Again, vacuum the mats in alternate directions and continue to do so until all the sand has been removed. If initially, you sufficiently beat them then vacuuming should not keep pulling up sand, if it does however you should go back to the first step and repeat the process.
If the carpets of your car have been affected with sand deposits they too should be dealt with in a similar manner. Obviously you cannot beat the carpets like you can the mats, but instead you can simply use your hands to pat down on the surface.
The vibrations of this patting down will help the bring ingrained sand particles up to the surface which can then further be agitated with the brush and thoroughly vacuumed up.
Sand is one of the most awkward things to clean up and remove from the interior of a car and it can take a little time and persistence to successfully remove heavily affected areas but if you follow this method it will help to speed up the process and achieve successful results.
Think about replacing mats with rubber ones that can be taken out and hosed down.
Most cars would be better with rubber mats in high use areas if
If mats have had a lot of use and looking worn and have very embedded sand.
May be time to replace them…
Universal mats are not to expensive some also have Logos
Dealer mats can be expensive.
My suggestion most cars need carpet mat replacements ever 12 months.
Unless your cleaning the car carpets regular basis.
First Product review is the Streetwise Dirt trap Bucket Insert. 23.3cm
Very useful when washing the car as it helps keep your wash mitt or sponge clean
as the dirt goes to the bottom of the bucket
saving your car paintwork from scratches.
I would highly recommend this product ant is available from Auto barn Stores.
Its a stock item but check first for availability.
Item is as described.
Second Product Review is the Mothers Speed Clay 2.0
Because “clay” needs a lubricant during use, The instructions say you can use with your normal car wash but also would recommend the dirt trap insert as well or the Mothers Speed Clay Detailer as well. First I will provide a review of the Mother’s Speed Clay 2.0 and then describe my experience with the two combined.
(1) The red gripping surface on this item is a sturdy sponge. Beneath that is a dark spongey material.
Below that is the surface that functions as the clay. The item appears thoughtfully designed and well manufactured.
I had no trouble holding on to the red surface and the bottom surface glided over the car easily.
as simple as washing or spray waxing your way to a perfectly clean, smooth and restored paint surface, ready for polishing and waxing. This patented, rubber polymer technology quickly shears off and removes both surface and embedded contaminants including paint overspray, water spots, fresh tree sap, rail dust, bird droppings, light oxidation and brake dust. Left alone, these particles can quickly cause molecular breakdown of your paint, leaving the finish dull and vulnerable to further deterioration. Speed Clay 2.0 will stop this damage and restore brilliance to your car’s paint, chrome, glass and smooth plastics.
Compared to the mothers clay bar I think it does a very good job and last for about 20 cars. and it cost less.
it takes far less time as you can do it while washing the car.
I recommend a clay bar treatment for every season if possible or a least twice a year.
Cleaning windows with out streaks and smudges is one of the top complaints when it comes to car washing and auto detailing. Ask any professional and they will tell you how frustrating and time consuming it is just to deliver a finished product with windows that are spotless and streak free. I have spent almost as much time perfecting my car window cleaning methods as I have with paint polishing and waxing techniques.
I have tried a lot of window cleaners both auto and commercial.
The good news is that techniques and products exist that will actually deliver professional streak free windows without spending too much on cleaners or time.
Outside Window Problems:
• Exposed to the weather and elements.
• Excessive dirt, water spots, fall-out.
Inside Window Problems:
• Film build-up from out-gassing of interior parts such as plastics, rubber, vinyl, etc. (Out-gassing is a term used to describe the natural process of chemicals used in the manufacturing process of car interiors that emit chemical gasses when exposed to air, heat, and UV lighting. =
• Window tint film.
• Nicotine stains on window tinting.
15 Streak-Free Window & Mirror Cleaning Tips
1. Always clean windows and mirrors LAST. This prevents your freshly cleaned windows from being soiled by over spray while cleaning other areas of the car.
2. Spraying cleaner directly on the window usually causes over spray cleaner on your paint.
Easier to control the amount of cleaner when spraying directly onto the towel.
3. Only clean glass that is cool to the touch, never hot. Pull the car into the shade or garage and wait until the glass is cool before cleaning.
This will help prevent the glass cleaner from drying too quickly on the surface making window cleaning a pain.
4. Always clean window in the shade or under cover.
5. Start with the windshield and rear windshield. They are always the most difficult due to the different angles and the most important in terms of visibility.
6. Cleaning one side at a time. Clean all the details.
7. Use different strokes for the interior and exterior. For example, use vertical strokes on the interior side of the glass and horizontal strokes on the exterior.
Side, or vice versa. This technique makes inspecting the glass for streaks a breeze as you can easily tell which side of the window needs to be cleaned again.
8. Horizontal strokes on the exterior. Vertical on the interior. Buff the window with a clean microfiber after cleaning.
9. Use open weave micro fibre cloth that never been used for any other purpose to cleaning glass.
10. spray on glass Then buff each window with r to end with a streak free, crystal clear window.
11. If you are diluting your glass cleaner always use distilled water. Distilled water does not contain additional gases, minerals or contaminants,
that tap or other types of water contain. It’s good practice to dilute all cleaners with distilled water because tap water is often considered “hard water”
with a high mineral content. These minerals are often left behind on the surface once the cleaner or water has evaporated off the surface producing water spots.
12. Only use one type of towel for cleaning glass and never use it on any other surface.
It’s helpful to place a small G on one corner of the towels with permanent marker to differentiate them from the rest.
This helps not to introduce grease or other grim to the windows.
It’s best to use a high quality waffle weave microfiber towel made specifically for cleaning glass to achieve the best streak free finish.
13. Clean the wiper blades. By removing the build up it will prevent burry areas and streaking on your windshield during use. Products like Rain X a Wiper Treatment
that lubricates the rubber and helps extend the life of your wiper blades.and in light rain water just runs off.
14. Break large windows such as the windshield and rear window into two or more manageable chucks while cleaning.
15. Remember to clean window last if washing car both outside and inside.
(Hint use a few drops of fairy dish washing liquid for the supermarket with filtered water in a spray bottle)
good for home use also and is window tint safe and also water will run off better.