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Tire & Wheel Care Whether you have hubcaps, clearcoated factory alloy, or custom wheels worth thousands, you'll want them to look their best. Metal polishing is also discussed here.

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Old 11-14-2005
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Using the PowerBall is pretty simple, but because of its versatility, lots of questions arise. Here are some expanded instructions. If you've got a usage tip or experience you'd like to share, please post it below.

Mothers® PowerBall™

The Pro’s Choice For The Do-It-Yourselfer

The most rugged and versatile polishing tool available today. Attach PowerBall™ to your variable-speed drill, apply a small amount of PowerMetal™ liquid polish and shine a wheel in minutes or blaze over diamond plate in seconds.

Use PowerBall™ on all polishable automotive metals, headlight or taillight lenses, plastic windows and even stainless steel — it also works with all types of automotive polishing liquids or pastes for a sparkling finish in minutes instead of hours. Use it on your boat, motorcycle or airplane, too!

Rugged • Washable • Guaranteed

· Speed through an aluminum wheel in minutes

· Headlights, taillights and plastic windows look like new again

· Blaze Across diamond plate in seconds

· Professional-grade construction

· For use with polishing pastes and liquids

· Compressible foam gets you into those tight spots

· Reversible design doubles life

· Easy to clean; reusable package for safe storage

Directions:

1. Wear proper safety equipment including eye protection. Nitrile gloves are also recommended.

2. Secure Mothers® PowerBall™ to drill and be sure rotation is set to clockwise.

3. With the PowerBall™ pointing upwards, apply small amount of PowerMetal™ or other polish to the fingertips of the PowerBall™ that will come in contact with the surface to be polished.

4. Holding drill securely with both hands, gently rest the PowerBall™ on the surface to be polished before slowly applying power.

5. To avoid slinging of product, start drill slowly and increase to working speed of no more than 1200 RPM. For higher-speed drills, "feather" the trigger to avoid excessive RPMs.

6. Work in areas small enough to finish polishing, allowing time to remove the polish by hand before it dries.

7. Do not run dry; stop and add polish as necessary.

To Ensure Best Results and Longevity:

· After each use, wash the PowerBall™ thoroughly with liquid "degreaser formula" dish soap. Disassemble first (see "Reversible Design" instructions below) Rinse well, gently squeezing (do not wring) to expel dirt. Wrap with an absorbant towel and squeeze with hands to remove excess water (again, do not wring). Set in a well-ventilated area to dry before re-assembly and storing in its case.

· Use lower speeds and light pressure when approaching sharp edges, valve stems or other obstacles that may catch and tear the PowerBall™’s polishing fingers.

· Avoid excessive pressure; only moderate pressure is required to allow the fingers to carry the polish across the surface.

· Avoid forcing the ball into areas that are too small can result in damage to the ball; if you are using the original PowerBall
, consider the PowerBall Mini or polishing those areas by hand.

· Ideal for use with most cordless drills of at least 14.4V and capable of speeds of at least 1200 RPM at 350 in.-lbs of torque.

· When using equipment with a variable clutch, set it to slip at a torque setting that is strong enough to spin the PowerBall™, yet low enough to allow it to slip if it catches an obstacle.

· Not for use with spray-on wheel cleaners; for use with liquid or paste polishes only (a small amount of water may be needed if using thicker pastes).

Reversible Design:

· The PowerBall™ is reversible to provide a fresh polishing surface and extended life by reversing the bit from one side to the other.

· Loosen the bit by grasping the polishing surface of the ball with one hand and rotating the bit with the other (use a 10mm wrench, if necessary).

· Completely remove bit and retaining washer.

· From the opposite side, remove the four-pronged centering device and re-insert into other side.

· Take care to align all four prongs of the centering device with the corresponding holes in the ball.

· Re-assemble washer and bit, slowly tightening bit while taking care that the four prongs of the centering device are aligned with the four corresponding holes in the foam ball. Hand-tighten bit -- do not over-tighten.

· Inspect for proper assembly before use.

Tips & Tricks:

· Mothers® PowerMetal™ is ideal for use with the PowerBall™ on aluminum wheels and other bare automotive metal surfaces. Its lubricating properties allow the ball’s many polishing fingers to get into intricate areas. Do not use PowerMetal™ on painted or coated surfaces.

· When polishing billet wheels, a dense aluminum capable of a brilliant shine, use our incredible Billet Polish for spectacular results. An initial polishing with PowerMetal™ might be necessary on neglected finishes.

· If using a paste polish, such as our Billet Polish or our Mag & Aluminum Polish, apply a small amount between the fingertips of the PowerBall™ and mist with water; alternatively, apply polish directly on the surface and moisten the PowerBall
with a mist of water.

· Use with Plastic Polish on headlight and taillight lenses, convertible top windows, etc. (Mask or apply a protectant to surrounding trim or painted finishes.)

· Use with Plastic Polish on the plasticized clear and color coats on many factory and aftermarket aluminum wheels.

· Use with Chrome Polish on automotive chrome, glass, stainless steel or ceramic surfaces such as custom ceramic exhaust headers.

· The PowerBall™ can also be used with the appropriate polish on almost any polishable, contoured or intricate automotive surface that you would normally polish by hand.


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Old 12-24-2005
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Question Re: How to use the Mothers® PowerBall™ -- Tips & Tricks

While the instructions for the use of the Powerball are very good, I need to ask a more basic question. What is the stated purpose and suggested use(s) of this product?

Is Powerball intended solely for waxing and polishing, only AFTER the wheels have been cleaned using a separate cleaning process?

Wheels are usually quite dirty with brake dust, grease, grime, etc. Does the Powerball address this? If not, what process are you recommending for addressing the removal of that kind of stuff, prior to polishing with Powerball?
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While the instructions for the use of the Powerball are very good, I need to ask a more basic question. What is the stated purpose and suggested use(s) of this product?
The PowerBall is intended for use with the specified polish for the surface of the wheel... be that chrome (e.g., our Chrome Polish), bare metal (e.g., our PowerMetal, Mag & Aluminum and/or Billet Polish), or clearcoated/painted (our old Clearcoat Wheel Polish or Plastic Polish since wheels have a plasticized clearcoat). Sometimes it may be necessary to mask different surfaces before using the PowerBall, for example, with a modular wheel that has a billet rim and a painted center.


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Is Powerball intended solely for waxing and polishing, only AFTER the wheels have been cleaned using a separate cleaning process?
Yes.


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Wheels are usually quite dirty with brake dust, grease, grime, etc. Does the Powerball address this? If not, what process are you recommending for addressing the removal of that kind of stuff, prior to polishing with Powerball?
Periodic or even regular use of a spray-on, hose-off wheel cleaner is recommended.

Depending on the finish of the wheel, sometimes a wipe with a wet wash mitt (designated for wheels and wheel wells only) or a light scrubbing with wheel brush is needed to break the grime loose.

Cleaning of this nature is recommended before using the PowerBall, othewise you're polishing a grimy surface.
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Default Re: How to use the Mothers® PowerBall™ -- Tips & Tricks

why Nitrile gloves over latex? is the polish bad for your skin? later.
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Nitrile gloves are more durable and chemical resistant. Such gloves protect sensitive hands from metal polishes which can tend to be harsh on the skin, and they can also help you keep a better grip on the equipment.
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I use the Powerball all the time with a spay on wheel cleaner, what am i hurting?
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The PowerBalls are intended for use with polishes.

Using with spray wheel cleaner products can shorten the life the foam, and can also cause a safety hazard due to the increased potential for slinging the liquid product -- especially when used at anything but the lowest speeds.
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