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    Talking First snowfoam!

    I tried snowfoam for the first time today. It was just a very quick experiment, really. I did not follow up with a wash of the car but was keen to see how clean I could get the car without actually touching it.

    One Autobrite snowfoam lance... Sadly, it has the wrong fitting for my Nilfisk pressure washer. I was sent the wrong lance. No doubt Mark will sort me out. I shall call him tomorrow. I ended up using the snowfoam fitting that was supplied with the pressure washer, which worked well, although the foam was a bit watery.



    Nilfisk C120 pressure washer. This performed magnificently! I have never used a pressure washer until today and it was easy and just a pleasure to use.



    One Vectra with a coat of snowfoam.



    And again.



    Pressure washed off.



    The foam was great. It stuck to the car for over half an hour and probably would have stayed longer! Even though it was watery because the snowfoam fitting was not adjustable, the foam worked well. It shifted over a month's dirt without any physical contact. Some dirt remained, mostly small pieces of ash from a bonfire we had last weekend! But even the dirt that remained was easy to wipe off with a finger tip, so it was loose dirt.



    The overall effect is pretty good, in my humble opinion. Ignore the small dent in the driver's door... It'll be gone pretty soon.



    As a first stage in a wash process, I can now see that snowfoam has a place. In the case of my car, which was truly dirty and had no protection to speak of on the paint, some dirt remained. But if the car had had a layer of wax or sealant, no doubt the foam would have shifted a much greater proportion of the muck.

    When the warmer weather comes and when I have acquired a few more bits and pieces, I shall really go to town on the car. I plan to clay and machine polish the paint, as well as repair the dent and one of two other blemishes. The car is fabulous and deserves to look the part. So it will.

    Paul
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    You did try turning the large black plastic adjustment knob on the top all the way round to the negative side? What was the chemical you had in the bottle as my snowfoam is bright pink?

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    Quote Originally Posted by byebyeitsagsi View Post
    You did try turning the large black plastic adjustment knob on the top all the way round to the negative side? What was the chemical you had in the bottle as my snowfoam is bright pink?
    He had to use the PW own foam bottle mate as the one he got sent from AB was a Karcher attachment. The Foam he's using is AB's new Magifoam, its the dogs nuts.

    GSI fan, Mark will sort you out. I swapped from Karcher to Nilfisk with his adapter no problem.

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    Ahhh i understand now, i might have to try some of that magifoam aswell

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    He had to use the PW own foam bottle mate as the one he got sent from AB was a Karcher attachment. The Foam he's using is AB's new Magifoam, its the dogs nuts.
    Spot on. Magifoam seems really good, although I have not used foam before. But I was surprised at how well it clung onto the car. And the remaining dirt was nice and loose. It certainly seems up to the job!

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    Still cant decide if I should go down the snow foam route or not.

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    I'll probably give it a go (snowfoam).

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    Update, ordered mine, along with a bottle of foam! looking forward to having a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy1954 View Post
    Update, ordered mine, along with a bottle of foam! looking forward to having a go.
    Where did you get it from in the end Grumpy? Did you get any response from Autobrite? Looking at getting lance and pressure washer, still looking round for best deal

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    Looks good, it seems to do a great job.

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