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Old 21-06-2018, 12:22 PM   #11
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Most important thing is to actually maintain the lance.

This means flushing thru with clean water after use, and then occasionally stripping it down, checking filter and cleaning internals from build up.
This is potentially one of the negatives of the cheaper lances.

I bought mine from polished bliss a number of years ago (too many to actually remember) it gets used on average 3 to 4 times a month and I've never had any issues with it. I don't flush it after use as generally I've still got snowfoam left in my bottle and I've never stripped it or changed the filter.

Maybe I'm just lucky but I'm onto my second power washer but still on my first lance only thing I've changed or renewed was the connection as I went from karcher to nilfisk.

I do agree with your comment though it's a good idea to flush it regularly and clean the filter.
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Old 22-06-2018, 07:04 AM   #12
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Having just got a pressure washer i thought i would give foam a go seeing as everyone raves about it. I'm hoping i can use it in between proper washes to get the majority of muck off, i do a lot of miles so it soon gets dirty.

Went with the cleanyourcar lance and BH Auto Foam, hope its a decent foam.
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Old 22-06-2018, 08:10 AM   #13
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There are some lances, in part anodized aluminium and gold coloured to fool you, that corrode quite quickly. Sam's Detailing - i'm talking about yours.

Mixed metals in contact with a fluid leads to corrosion.

Plastic bodied lances are a good bet if the water passage is through stainless steel.

(Why is this site's spell checker using US English???!!!! it wants me to spell aluminium aluminum and coloured colored FFS)
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Old 22-06-2018, 10:51 AM   #14
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(Why is this site's spell checker using US English???!!!! it wants me to spell aluminium aluminum and coloured colored FFS)
Ive never had that problem surely it's your device rather than the site?

Aluminium and coloured
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Old 22-06-2018, 10:56 AM   #15
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Most important thing is to actually maintain the lance.

This means flushing thru with clean water after use, and then occasionally stripping it down, checking filter and cleaning internals from build up.
+1 - very important
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Ive never had that problem surely it's your device rather than the site?

Aluminium and coloured
Using FireFox; it reports spell checking as English GB.


Using Linux as OS; it reports English (United Kingdom) as the current language and English UK as the region.

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So I got my stuff through and gave it a quick test yesterday..... it wasnt as "sticky foamy" as I thought though so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong....
I used Bilt hamber snowfoam neat... and to do two cars I used about half Litre of the foam... does that sound about right ??
Also I think I have read of people diluting this with hot water from a tap... is this correct ??
I'll have a good look around but hoping for a direct reply here.
Just to add... I found it cleaned the cars quite well even though it was runny..... but i was rinsing it off forever... everytime i went back over a section there were suds ?

Told you I was a snow foam virgin
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Ok, just to update I went with a ICOCO lance from Amazon... it was only £14... I paid more for the actual foam ( Bilt Hamber Autofoam ) at £17 for 5L
Once it arrives its experiment time....i'm a Snowfoam virgin
Just had a look at that and it looks the same as the in2detalling one
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Old 26-06-2018, 07:54 AM   #19
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So I got my stuff through and gave it a quick test yesterday..... it wasnt as "sticky foamy" as I thought though so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong....
I used Bilt hamber snowfoam neat... and to do two cars I used about half Litre of the foam... does that sound about right ??
Also I think I have read of people diluting this with hot water from a tap... is this correct ??
I'll have a good look around but hoping for a direct reply here.
Just to add... I found it cleaned the cars quite well even though it was runny..... but i was rinsing it off forever... everytime i went back over a section there were suds ?

Told you I was a snow foam virgin


Bilt hamber isn't a thick foam, in fact contrary to belief, the thicker the foam the worse it cleans - some foams are just that, foam, they don't provide any cleaning action at all. Bilt hamber uses some clever stuff in their chems and it's probably the best foam on the market, or at the very least it's in the top 3.

Sounds like you used way too much if you used it neat in the bottle.... The manufacture reccomend a panel impact concentration of 4%.

You'll need to know the flow rate of your pressure washer then (correct me if I'm wrong) divide that flow rate figure by 0.04, that will give you the amount of snow foam to put in the 1litre bottle, then fill it with water, I normally put around 350ml of auto foam in my bottle and that's good for 4-5 cars at 4% roughly

No need to use hot water in a lance, it immediently gets cooled when mains water from the pressure washer mixes with it. You can certainly used warm water in a pump sprayer though, and that's my preferred method of using auto foam, makes less of a mess and I use less product.

As for the ever lasting suds - did any dry on the panel before you got back round to rinsing it off? I've never had a problem with rinsing it off unless it's been a bit to warm and it's caught me out. Give everything a good thorough rinse after using it

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So I got my stuff through and gave it a quick test yesterday..... it wasnt as "sticky foamy" as I thought though so I was wondering if I was doing something wrong....
I used Bilt hamber snowfoam neat... and to do two cars I used about half Litre of the foam... does that sound about right ??
Also I think I have read of people diluting this with hot water from a tap... is this correct ??
I'll have a good look around but hoping for a direct reply here.
Just to add... I found it cleaned the cars quite well even though it was runny..... but i was rinsing it off forever... everytime i went back over a section there were suds ?

Told you I was a snow foam virgin
BH auto foam is supposed to be diluted at 4% with water and hot water activates a bit more suds but can be mixed with cold instead and still works well. I don't think auto foam goes very "sticky" in any case, it's supposed to flow off the surface taking the dirt off with it. I find car shampoos that are sticky work better as lubrication for hand washing after pre wash has taken most of the loose dirt off the surface.

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