How to Snow Foam Your Car – The Ultimate Snow Foam Guide
Why use snow foam
Back in the early days of cars, there was only one way to clean your car – grab a sponge and some detergent and manually scrub away at your car. However, in 2021 there a ton of futuristic and efficient ways to wash your car to perfection.
You could go to a drive-through carwash, but we believe that if you want something done right then you have to do it yourself. There are loads of DIY methods for cleaning your car, but one of our favourites is through snow foam.
Not only is snow foam great fun to apply, but it will give your car the wash of its lifetime! Snow foam is a fantastic way to pre-wash your car and is essentially made up of millions of tiny detergent bubbles.
When applied to a car, snow foam will lift and remove dirt from the body without any form of rubbing or scrubbing being required! Not only does this result in an extremely thorough clean which is hard to achieve manually, but it also protects your cars paint job from abrasive sponges and scrubbing tools.
Snow foam truly is an essential purchase for anyone wanting to give their car a truly thorough wash. It will encapsulate grime, pollen, dust and just about anything else blocking your vehicle from looking its absolute best.
How to snow foam your car in 5 steps
Firstly, you are going to need to gather your resources. For a successful snow foam wash, you are going to need to have access to snow foam detergent, a pressure washer and a snow foam cannon or foam gun attachment.
This attachment will use the epic power of your pressure washer to dilute your detergent and produce a consistent snow-like layer onto your car.
Next, you are going to need to dilute your snow foam detergent for your pressure washer to use. Generally, you will want to use 1 to 3 oz of snow foam detergent per 16oz of water.
Once you have added the water and detergent, it is essential that you screw the lid back on and give the bottle a thorough shake. This will ensure that the detergent is mixed consistently to provide the ultimate snow foam.
Now that you have got the snow foam ready, it’s time to bring out that foam gun attachment and connect it to your pressure washer. Now it is time for the fun bit – make sure your car is completely dry, and only then can you spray the vehicle covering it from the roof to the tyres.
It is best to keep the foam gun around four feet away from the surface of the car. If there are any areas of the car that are particularly filthy, feel free to add a second layer.
Now that you have applied the snow foam, it’s very important that you don’t let it dry out. If you do so, this can result in a soapy residue being left on the car which is the last thing you are going to want. If you notice any dry spots, spray out another layer to make sure the car is thoroughly saturated.
You can’t really go overboard with this step – spray as much snow foam as you feel is necessary. After all, this is the reason you bought that foam gun attachment, so you may as well make the most of it!
Once you are satisfied that your car is suitably foamed up, stick the kettle on and make yourself a cup of tea whilst you patiently wait for the snow foam to work its magic. After around ten minutes, spray all the foam away with the variable-pressure nozzle attachment on your pressure washer.
Don’t forget to remove the detergent bottle and replace with plain old water! As the bubbles slip away, we guarantee that you are going to be dazzled by how thorough the cleanse was!
Top tips when snow foaming
Don’t allow the foam to dry
We’ve already mentioned this essential tip, but it’s very important and we want to reiterate – do not allow the snow foam to dry!
The snow foam consists of a diluted mixture of water and detergent, and when this dries it will leave a sticky layer of soap residue all over your paint job! This is going to be a pain to clean – it’s really counter-productive.
Keep an eye on your foam and take the weather into consideration. If it’s a hot day, it might be worth waiting just five minutes instead of ten to ensure that the foam doesn’t dry out in the sun.
Dry and shine at the same time
Whilst we always prioritize a thorough clean over the amount of time it takes, we are still all about efficiency when appropriate.
If you are snow foaming your car in a bit of a rush, we’ve got an epic tip for you. After the foam has been sprayed, you’re going to want to dry your car to ensure you don’t leave any water marks. The car could also do with a polish for good measure, so why not do both at the same time?
Simply take a dry micro-fibre cloth and apply a conservative amount of car polish. The dryness of this cloth should allow you to dry your car whilst giving it a final polish, all at the same time!
Always clean the foam gun after use
It’s all very well giving your car a good clean, but what use is this if the cleaning tools you are using are filthy? When you finish a snow foam job, your foam gun attachment is likely to have leftover snow foam stuck to it.
This foam is going to dry out and create a big mess, so it’s very important that you wipe this away and ensure that you have removed all traces of detergent from your foam gun. Trust us – you’re going to thank yourself later for the foresight!
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