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Old 19-02-17, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default Snow Foam - good or bad?

Folks,

I've heard some professional detailers do not like using Snow Foam.

Is there any truth to this?

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Old 20-02-17, 09:32 PM   #2
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Old 20-02-17, 09:38 PM   #3
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The only thing I've heard comment about, is that it is largely hype. How true is that? I don't know.
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Pressure washers, snow foam and all that jazz gets under lacquer and can 'pop' it.... I'd go softly softly on an old car you're trying to preserve....
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Don't use dyed stuff! I've seen staining on some peoples cars, and staining from the snowfoam too.. Looks cool to me but I'm more of a fairy liquid and a floor brush kind of detailer. Waste of time around here.
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Pressure washers, snow foam and all that jazz gets under lacquer and can 'pop' it.... I'd go softly softly on an old car you're trying to preserve....
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Old 28-02-17, 08:19 AM   #7
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I personally think it's partially hype. I've tried numerous snow foams and found some have little to no advantage over just using a power washer.

I think a lot of this snow foam fad stems back to boys with toys, And taking cool pics of your car covered in excessively heavy foam just to look cool on certain forums and possibly on facebook/instagram etc etc.
That's where my problem lies, as I can't figure out why companies sell red or pink snow foams, which apparently if left too long on white cars can stain the paint

When I use cheaper or lesser know brands of snow foam, I tend to add a dash of citrus pre wash to give it a bit more bite.
Granted some of the more expensive foams work well, bilt hammer for example being one of the best I've tried
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I think I'll keep clear of foam in view of what you've all said, especially as my C3 is white.

I'll just stick to a quality car shampoo.

I stopped using washing up liquid when I read its salt content could prove detrimental, but is it really that bad for a car?
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Old 28-02-17, 08:58 PM   #9
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I would recommend for anyone to buy a citrus pre wash from one of the car care companies. it would help significantly to remove most of the dirt before washing the car with a bucket and mitt.
I like using autobrite direct citrus pre wash. It can be diluted down to something like 100-1 which means a 1L bottle can last a long time.
If you sprayed a layer of citrus over the whole car, let it sit for a few minutes, then power wash off, it would make car cleaning a doddle.
And also reduces the risk of getting swirl marks in your paint.
Hope that helps.
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Old 28-02-17, 09:13 PM   #10
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......is it really that bad for a car?
Who knows for sure but it's for washing dishes!

Good shampoo and a lambs-wool mitt and you'll not go wrong.
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