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Old 01-01-2018, 04:32 PM   #1
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Not drying after Snow Foam only

So I got some Bilt Hamber Auto Foam for Christmas and I used it for the first time on Wednesday.

It got me thinking over the winter months if I could get away with just auto foaming the car and then rinsing off without having to resort to hand washing too.

I do 300 miles a week around the M60 and the car gets pretty filthy over that week.

So question, if I auto foamed the car and rinsed off, would there be any issues with not drying it?
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Old 01-01-2018, 04:49 PM   #2
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I do this quite often when the weather's foul. I also put it into the wheel arches, it's very effective at releasing the muck from that area. Yes, it won't get it perfectly clean, but if you're commuting regularly in this weather, there doesn't seem much point!
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Old 01-01-2018, 05:00 PM   #3
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So question, if I auto foamed the car and rinsed off, would there be any issues with not drying it?
If you have hard water it could lead to some horrible water spotting. If you have a DI vessel, filtered water or soft water then so much the better.
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This was my plan too. I ordered a di vessel last week and when it arrives my plan is to just auto foam it, pressure wash it off (hoping my winter prep and lsp help most of the crud fall off) then final rinse with filtered water and leave to dry. I just can't justify spending the time properly washing the car at this time of year. It's soul destroying knowing it'll be filthy a few hundred yards down the road when you've spent a long time giving it the whole 2bm wash. Roll on spring/summer
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If you have hard water it could lead to some horrible water spotting. If you have a DI vessel, filtered water or soft water then so much the better.
Yep absolutely, I use rainwater in the pressure washer so spotting is minimal.
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I take the same approach as well and as steelghost says, when the weather is foul I just rinse,snow foam and rinse with D ironised water then leave to dry naturally.
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I've been doing this recently, more concerned with keeping the salt off it more than anything.
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:19 PM   #8
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I take the same approach as well and as steelghost says, when the weather is foul I just rinse,snow foam and rinse with D ironised water then leave to dry naturally.
The problem with that is if it freezes overnight and you haven't dried door shuts, door handles, rubbers etc... You can't open the doors in the morning

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The problem with that is if it freezes overnight and you haven't dried door shuts, door handles, rubbers etc... You can't open the doors in the morning
It's a fair point. Never had this problem in the garage though
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Surely it'll be no worse than when it rains, then freezes overnight?
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