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    Hi all, Can any of you guys recommend a snow foam lance and solution.
     
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    I'm pretty sure @Charlie has done that on here, take a look through(y)
     
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    Have a look through this
     
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    Charlie isn't absent he has decided to not reply to valeting related posts due to some members attitude to the advise that he gave.
     
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    Got a few saddos on here ...but majority are tops. Roy
     
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    Nope - he has had to take a month off
     
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    Well despite inbuilt natural resistance to such sales techniques (Im so far up my owm a**e i know better) I joined the many on here and bought what Charlie recommended

    In both foam and applicator tool, and am 100% happy that it does indeed make super looking foam and is great fun to apply
    BUT
    What is it supposed to do??
    My Missus has a white A3 and it gets filthy, my thoughts were rather than drag all that crap around the paintwork with the sponge i would "Foam " it off
    Well Im just the right side of 65 and confess to having washed a good few cars in my life in the Motor trade,
    BUT
    again what is this snow foam supposed to do?
    After a good foam and 2 min soaking, When jetted of it looks almost the same, Filthy, so get a bit closer
    with the pressure washer (now close enough to remove decals and some wheel silver:eek:)
    BUT
    The S**ts still there
    Ah well out with the bucket and sponge, Much better(y)

    Until now I have not seen or had the opportunity to ask what it is im doing wrong, clearly, hopefully im doing something wrong
    Maybe just expecting too much, I was expecting after rinsing off the foam to find a clean caro_O
    And for the record I made no complaints to or challenged Charlies skills or knowledge, so am not the, or one of the Saddo's in question (This Time):D perhaps when he is back from his vacation he will enlighten me (y)
    Geo
     
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    I had exactly the same results as you did with foam - however I'm now using it as a pre-wash. I have found that it helps to soften dirt, but as an alternative to washing I'm not convinced.
     
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    Unfortunately.
     
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    I know a few car detailers (Don't forget that this was also Charlie's business) and they swear by the use of snow foam. I think the degree of success has a lot to do with the mixture itself. As above, it does do a very good job of softening any dirt and makes it really easy to remove but I'm still experimenting.
     
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    I think it may also be more effective if used with a pressure washer for rinsing, but I don't use a pressure washer on the van
     
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    I'm still experimenting too. I eventually found the right lance for my Clarkes's PW and was pleasantly surprised when it worked the first time with foam. Since them it doesn't always foam properly but runs off in a thin wash but there is only so many times you can re-adjust the mix on the day.
     
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    I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that has found that foam Isn't the magic formula that I thought it might be.
    I followed Charlie's recommendations and after years of using sponges and leathers changed to wash mits and microfibre towels and have to say they work a treat.
    The foam looks effective but is doesn't remove the muck.
    I'm probably doing something wrong so would appreciate any advice from @Charlie or anyone who uses foam with good results.

    Richard.
     
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    I always use a pressure washer ... with care.
    No problem at all.
     
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    I use a pressure washer on the van but with the pressure turned right down so that it gives a gentle spray.
     
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    Pressure washers are not the issue
    I can and have used a pressure washer on all my vehicles with no problems at all both for applying TFR on the commercials and rinsing them all
    The point of my post was to point out that it appears the Foam does Nothing at all despite experimenting with mixes and pressures
    So what are we who are failing doing wrong ?
    If the foam merely softens the muck, I can achieve that with water and without spending money on foam and the equipment so whats the secret
    has someone forgot to mention you need to scrub with a brush after foaming and then rinse:rolleyes:
     
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    Jury's out for me on snow foam too!
     
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    The snow foam does dissolve some of the muck. I've sprayed it on alloy front wheels, which are always mucky, and after a few minutes you can see the black coloured water draining off the wheel. Follow up with a pressure hoze and the result is a clean wheel.

    Where I haven't found it totally effective is on the paintwork where it is very easy to leave a layer of what I would call traffic film. The only solutions I've found are a good close blasting with a pressure hoze with all those risks or a quick once over with a sponge. :)
     
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    I think one has become a Yank. Hose not hoze!
     

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