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Product Review: Mothers Chrome Polish

Mothers has released a new formulation for 2012 that features 50% more product in a new packaging featuring a top side down style plastic bottle. It also features new style labeling.

Product Disclosure: Product received in an Autogeek.net contest with the agreement to provide a review (2 more to do)

Manufacturer's Product Description

Mothers California Gold Chrome Polish features a thick, rich, and easy to use formula that gently deep cleans and brightens chrome bumpers, wheels, trim, and accessories. Advanced polymers help protect against fingerprints, spotting, rust, and corrosion, Will not streak, scratch, or smear. Safely cleans glass and mirrors.

Price: $6.99 (12 ounces)

Country of Origin: Made in USA

Physical Observations
1. Packaging: "Top Down" plastic bottle with flip to lid
2. Viscosity: somewhat watery
3. Color: light green
4. Scent: detergent like smell

Product Directions from product label:

Shake well before and during use. Finish should be clean, dry, and cool.

1. Put a small amount of Chrome Polish onto a soft, clean microfiber, terry cloth or suitable applicator
2. Rub polish onto the chrome surface, adding small amounts of polish as needed
3. Allow to dry to a haze
4. Remove haze with a clean, dry microfiber or terry cloth towel, Turn frequently for best buffing action

Other Mothers products used:
1. Mothers All Wheel and Tire Cleaner and Chrome Wheel Cleaner (used only on wheel rim lip)
2. Mothers Reflection Tire Care: tires
3 Mothers Tire and Wheel Brushes: tire, wheel face
4. Mothers Synthetic Wax (a review that will follow in a few days): paint

Preparation
The tires and wheel area was cleaned. The chrome wheels had some been baked on brake dust that was not completely removed. Instead of completely cleaning them with a tool, I decided to see if the Chrome Polish was tackle this rather than use the Chrome Wheel cleaner on all wheels..

Use notes
I applied Chrome Polish by applying an ample amount on a microfiber towel. The new bottle seems easier to squeeze out the desired amount of polish compared to the older style botte. It is fairly watery and was easy to spread over the chrome wheels. To clean, you just work the product over the chrome. As you work it, it will haze. It could take several back and forth motions and sometimes a little more polish to remove the more stubborn baked on brake deposits but it did it as well as the chrome wheel cleaner (uses an acid).

It is definitely thicker than the prior version and has a slightly different scent but still has some "detergent" type smell. It will haze fairly quickly leaving a crust that you buff off. In the older version, you could be quite liberal and it would be extremely easy to buff off but with the new version if you over applied it was slightly more difficult to buff off.

Product pics new and old


Wheel area before cleaning


Wheels up close before washing


Wheel area during cleaning, dwell cycle


Wheel area after washing


Viscosity old vs new


Cleaned with chrome polish and wheels/wells dressed


Clean up close


Another final up close


Notes:

Ease of use: Very easy

Scent: Pleasant (in absence of knowing the actual scent)

Cleaning ability: Very good. It can be used on neglected chrome but in my previous experience but takes plenty of patience.

Cost: Very affordable

Surface Safety Factor: Very safe for chrome, does not scratch if use proper applicator

Personal safety: Label states it can be a eye and skin irritant so hand protection may be suggested.

AvailabilitySold at many parts places

Final Comments
The new version is better than the predecessor. I really like the new packaging plus you get more product. It leaves a nice shine as well as moderate cleaning. A good product to maintain quality chrome. I had used the previous one with Mothers Power Cone. It should work slightly better given the thicker formula.
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Thanks for the review Al. I have the older version. In what ways is the new version "better"?

And what tyre dressing did you use? It's the look I want for my Jag's tyres.
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Thanks for the review Al. I have the older version. In what ways is the new version "better"?

And what tyre dressing did you use? It's the look I want for my Jag's tyres.
Thanks. I used Mothers Reflections Tire Care.
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And, in what ways is the new version "better"?
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And, in what ways is the new version "better"?
It is thicker so easier to work with, more for the money, a better bottle, and possibly a slight edge on cleaning (but need to use it more to really know how much). It will probably work better on the cone since it is thicker.
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