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Old 11-06-2018, 09:49 AM   #1
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Snow foam odd issues

Firstly, apologies if this is in the incorrect section, secondly appologies for how long winded it may come across lol!

Iíve been having some issues with snow foam recently. Iím not a n00b when it comes to using it so if you could humour me it would be greatly appreciated.

I purchased 25L of ĎCherry snow foamí from eBay which even undiluted with lance set to dispense as little water to mix as possible I got very little foam in comparison to what Iím used to.

Now I know as Iíve replaced many Ďheavy duty metalí lances over the years you can service them so expected the lance was the issue and chose to replace with a new lance for the price they are now days!

I get my new lance very excite* and sods law it was faulty. A seal must have been broken or something as even after tightening everything it sprayed in a very half arsed way. Almost like hose pressure until it eventually picked up but created very runny foam.

I then started to question the source of the foam thinking although not stated in the listing it was possibly was diluted. What I did was I put a lot of washing up liquid in with the mix (old van so did not care about stripping non existent wax).

Using my old lance it managed to produce thick foam as I was used to! So, I guess it was diluted plus the red colour it came in had separated. After this I decided to try a more well known brand for foam (AF avalanche). Same issue, very runny foam without help of a soap.

I now have a brand new lance again from CYC which functions as it should however no matter the foam product in use minor dilution to none I have the same issue. It is driving me insane and also costing a fair bit just for the fun of snow foam.

Iíve never had this issue over god knows how many years. My pressure washer is a Nilfisk C130.1 and works as it has always high pressure with a normal lance so I just canít understand what could me a miss! Tap is on fully water pressure doesnít appear to have dropped in my area..

Any suggestions would be great I know I could use other products instead of foam but itís fun and the neighbours never get bored of it!

Cheers,

Jamie
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:28 AM   #2
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Unless I'm misunderstanding, can you not just use your "old" lance with the ebay snow foam?

I've moved away from snow foaming and now prefer to use a pressurised sprayer instead. It creates less mess and works just as well, IMHO.
I'd imagine that any snow foam product you currently have would work well enough using a pressurised sprayer, if diluted to the correct level.
However, I pretty much stick to Bilt Hamber's Auto Foam, which works very well using this method.

During the summer months I tend to just use a rinseless wash. Currently this is Optimum No Rinse (ONR), but I'm keen to try some others.
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Unless I'm misunderstanding, can you not just use your "old" lance with the ebay snow foam?

I've moved away from snow foaming and now prefer to use a pressurised sprayer instead. It creates less mess and works just as well, IMHO.
I'd imagine that any snow foam product you currently have would work well enough using a pressurised sprayer, if diluted to the correct level.
However, I pretty much stick to Bilt Hamber's Auto Foam, which works very well using this method.

During the summer months I tend to just use a rinseless wash. Currently this is Optimum No Rinse (ONR), but I'm keen to try some others.
Sorry should have been clearer,

The old lance and the brand new lance will only deliver that authenticí snow foam experience we all know and see in videos with a soap added (and a lot of it might I add).

Iíve never experienced this before. Itís almost as if the products are diluted but I doubt AF would be doing that (more a possibility for the eBay jobby 25L drum Iíd imagine).

I know there are products that do the job better out there but I enjoy making mess with the snow foam and it amuses others. I do have a pressurised sprayer but usually use that for TFR or APC in grubby areas.

I was just wondering if there were any other explanations as to why I canít get that thick foam I used to with these products. I havenít changed anything bar buying a new lance thinking the old was on itís way out.

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