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    Question Possible DIY snow foam applicator

    I've been searching through all the threads on about 'Snow Foam' and was trying to come up with a home made applicator you could use to apply it evenly and cheaply. While looking at a thread on here linking to a garden hose fixed bottle applicator I thought what about if you were to spray it on electrically.
    We've all seen the ads for garden fence electric sprayers more than capable of squirting out quite thick fencecare products, well I reckon it would spray water and snowfoam under pressure out of the nozzle a breeze.
    I've not tried this myself thought, was rather hoping someone would be able to have a go and tell the results on here. If it works it would be a lot cheap option to a Gilmour and possibly have more adjustment than a Karcher attachment and also because I've not got either and like the cheap option .

    You can pick these up new for around £10 odd http://www.toolstation.com/?r=p&feature=73546 (even cheaper used off fleabay) plus if you give it a good clean out afterwards you could paint the garden fence in the spare time you saved from washing the car with a conventional bucket & mit .

    Do you reckon it would work, enough pressure ?

    Someone must have one kicking around to try, might even foam up normal car shampoo even, homemade snow foam .

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    interesting - never thought about it, but if it works it would be pretty amazing

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    I could be wrong but doesn't the Gilmour use a venturi system. It aerates the liquid producing the foam I'm sure.

    I'm not sure a sprayer would aerate the liquid enough. I could be wrong though.

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    I think you're right Alex. If it did work then all I can see it would do is spray the liquid out - not froth it up.

    Also aren't those Curprinol sprayers £30 odd? - Karcher foam bottle from Halfords - £15.

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    I reckon it would also take even longer to cover the car in a decent layer of foam than it would do to give it a coat of paint

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    Default Hmmm, moving on....

    I always wondered how those Gilmours worked. So now I think we need to get some air in the mix but I guess this would have to be done after the mixture is expelled from the the spray nozzle unless it had enough guts to pump water, shampoo and a bit off air from a pipe feeding to the intake, unlikely then, blimey, it's getting complicated now, I had enough head scratching trying to do a homemade venturi for my koi pond so maybe I'll go back to my sheepskin mit, or maybe I'll try to experiment with a snow foam fire extinguisher, now they would be the dogs .

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulie View Post
    ....or maybe I'll try to experiment with a snow foam fire extinguisher, now they would be the dogs .
    now that could be interesting!!!

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    Snow foam fire extinguisher would deffo work, so long as you use a Foam Extinguisher (obviously). Also, get the extinguisher that can be pressurised via a valve and not a gas cylinder/charge. The charges aren't cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulie View Post
    I always wondered how those Gilmours worked. So now I think we need to get some air in the mix but I guess this would have to be done after the mixture is expelled from the the spray nozzle unless it had enough guts to pump water, shampoo and a bit off air from a pipe feeding to the intake, unlikely then, blimey, it's getting complicated now, I had enough head scratching trying to do a homemade venturi for my koi pond so maybe I'll go back to my sheepskin mit, or maybe I'll try to experiment with a snow foam fire extinguisher, now they would be the dogs .
    Have you seen these - http://www.aqualogic-wc.com/dis_prod.asp?cid=25 . We have them fitted to the taps in the loos at work. They make the water nice and foamy and that's just water no detergent! If you put one on after a soap dispenser it might work? It works by having two pieces of mesh about 2/3 mm apart the water passes through the mesh and mixes with the air in the 2/3 mm gap. Produces lovely soft foamy water full of bubbles. You could use the ventri system to draw the soap (instead of air) into the flow of water.
    Last edited by stickshift; 10th April 2007 at 13:12. Reason: Last sentence.

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