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#1 TDCiST

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:15 AM

Hey guys,

As with every new car i own, i go crazy on keeping the damn thing clean... no doubt ill get bored in a year and itll end up like the last one, but i'm trying to break the bad habit

ive just bought the snowfoam lance and some PH neutral Foam for the car, anyone have any hints or tips with snowfoam, as i want to get it right... Ive seen videos on Youtube of some that looks great and foams perfectly, but some also that comes straight off...

Any tips or tricks will be greatfully recieved!

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:30 AM

Snap!

Just bought myself one also, hopefully be here today. I have also been watching videos on youtube, it seems there is a bit of a trick to getting the thickness of the foam right?

what pressure washer you using?

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:33 AM

Karcher K2 something something lol...

Yeah from what ive heard/seen/read its about an inch of fluid and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water... why warm i dont know, but i'm not going to argue..

Some of the videos on youtube are great... theres some with lovely thick bubbly foam, and others with what looks like milk! i'm guessing the foamier the better, as it will allow for a longer dwell time...

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:46 AM

Karcher K2 something something lol...

Yeah from what ive heard/seen/read its about an inch of fluid and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water... why warm i dont know, but i'm not going to argue..

Some of the videos on youtube are great... theres some with lovely thick bubbly foam, and others with what looks like milk! i'm guessing the foamier the better, as it will allow for a longer dwell time...



Warm Water because some cleaning soloutions for cars have wax particals in them and the warm water helps them flow better, resulting in the better shine on your car mate,
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:47 AM

Karcher K2 something something lol...

Yeah from what ive heard/seen/read its about an inch of fluid and fill the rest of the bottle with warm water... why warm i dont know, but i'm not going to argue..

Some of the videos on youtube are great... theres some with lovely thick bubbly foam, and others with what looks like milk! i'm guessing the foamier the better, as it will allow for a longer dwell time...


Thats pretty much what i have gathered. out of interest what lance/foam did you buy?

the one i was going to buy from i4detailing was out of stock so i ended up buying one from auto rae-chem on ebay. she used to be a member (maybe still is) of a honda civic forum, think they used to get a good deal on it ;)

just bought myself a karcher, wanted the k3.575 but wasn't paying 200/220 for it so i ended up buying a graded product (new but returned apparently) for 120

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:54 AM

I bought the lance below and Valet Pro PH Neutral Snow Foam... From cleanyourcar.co.uk

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:05 PM

one place i never looked ;) just realised my snow foam is 'mildly alkaline' dont know if it makes any difference but they seem to be selling enough of it..

just taken delivery of it 5 mins ago so im off to try it out..i cant wait :lol:

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:27 PM

The key thing with snow foam is that it should be the first thing you do - do not wet the car or the foam won't cling and won't do its job as well.

I also make various additions to the foam depending on what I'm doing - if I'm stripping wax entirely I'll add some APC, otherwise a squirt of wax safe shampoo.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:34 PM

Can i add some meguiars shampoo/wash n wax to the mix?

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

stef123 how did your snowfoaming go??

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:15 PM

stef123 how did your snowfoaming go??


oh man... ive never had sooooooooo much fun :lol: you know as a kid when you got a shot of the garden hose, you always ended up soaking wet? well yeah it was the same sorta thing :lol: it was quite windy, i ended up looking like a snowman :lol:

pic i took after it had been soaking for a minute or two

The foam itself was really good, i mixed up 100ml to a litre of warm water (as per the bottle). took me about 10 seconds to get the nozzle/flow sorted but that was easy.

the foam went on nice n thick, clung to the car quite well. washed it off after 5 mins, certainly lifted some dirt!

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

Looking good mate!

The steelies for winter tyres by any chance??

did u do a normal wash afterwards? or just the foam and rinse?

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:25 PM

I would say that's quite a thin foam - I'd be looking to get it a little thicker if it were me. That will enable you to have a 10/15 minute dwell, which will shift even more.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:36 PM

Looking good mate!

The steelies for winter tyres by any chance??

did u do a normal wash afterwards? or just the foam and rinse?


It is indeed, Avon ice touring ST winter tyres on them.

done a normal wash afterwards, a bit easier than just giving it a rinse first..

I would say that's quite a thin foam - I'd be looking to get it a little thicker if it were me. That will enable you to have a 10/15 minute dwell, which will shift even more.


I was afraid of mixing it too strong incase it stripped the wax off? it went on thick to begin with but yes it did thin out quite a bit after a couple of mins

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:51 PM

Where did u get your tyres/wheels from mate??

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