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      12-29-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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FOAM GUN....

I'm starting to hear alot about foam guns lately? Is this the new way to go or is it just a fad ? Any opinions/comments from those that have them?
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      12-29-2010, 05:53 PM   #2
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I have the pinnacle foam gun, the smaller quart size. I've detailed cars for a couple of years back when I was in school. I like it. I'd say it uses more soap then I previously ever used, but that's probably a good thing. Also you can foam your entire vehicle in like 30 seconds.

I just use the same soap I used previously, Meguiars gold class, and it foams incredibly on the medium mix setting. No need to buy the expensive *ultra* foaming soap. The quart size gun could probably foam 10 cars before the container is empty on medium mix.

Between the foamed-up car and two bucket method with grid guards, I've been able to keep a 2011 black jeep swirl free with ease. I think the grid guards pay off the most. My rinse bucket water is so much dirtier now after using the grit guards.

If you are even semi-crazy about keeping your paint swirl free, then I'd say it's worth the $50-$60. Detailers domain, who sponsors this site, has a 2011 coupon for 20% any order until dec 31st. Makes it an even sweeter deal. Free shipping for $50 or more also.
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Thanks. Can you explain more how it works and what is the process involved in using one?
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      12-29-2010, 06:12 PM   #4
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You just put soap in the container. It is just a fancy hose nozzle that has a funny end-cap which causes the soap to foam as it comes out. The entire unit just screws onto the end of the hose like any other hose nozzle. The pinnacle one (as I believe with other brands) lets you adjust mix level (how much soap is mixed with the water). To be honest, it reminds me of those landscaping attachments for garden hoses that mix liquid plant feed into running water out the hose. Same concept, only soap instead of plant feed, and with a specially designed nozzle to really foam up the soap, instead of just shooting soapy water out.

It's definitely a luxury, but for an expensive new car, I'd say it worth it. If you like to hand wash, and I do, I actually enjoy getting outside and cleaning my car, then it's definitely worth it IMHO.

When the car is rinsed, then foamed up, I let the soap sit for a minute or two and let it do its job and break down any tough dirt, before doing my standard two-bucket wash. How much of a difference does the foam gun make? Who knows really... but I like it and I don't regret spending the $60 at all.

(Plus it makes it easy to soap up the wheel wells and other hard to reach places.. whether you wash your car at that detail, I do not know...)
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The one I have is http://www.autogeek.net/pifofowagun.html, but
http://www.detailersdomain.com/gilmo...eriiquart.aspx is basically exactly the same. They are probably all made in the same place and just re-branded... LOL
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Thanks, i'll probably give it a shot.
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You still wipe down the car right? Not just foam and rinse? Any particular mitt you like to use?
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You still wipe down the car right? Not just foam and rinse? Any particular mitt you like to use?
I foam, then hand wash using the two-bucket system and a microfiber wash mitt. I rinse with just the hose, no sprayer. At this point, since I keep my cars waxed, most of the water just runs off the car on its own. Finally I use a small electric leaf blower to dry my car

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It maybe a little extreme, but I like not touching the car, plus it gets between the doors, rubber, and side mirrors. I would say it takes longer to use the leaf blower and sometimes I use a sheepskin or microfiber drying cloth to get a spot or two left by the blower. The blower makes the neighbors look at me funny, but I can care less about that.
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      12-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #9
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I agree w/ everything that robackja stated above. I bought mine from Griot's Garage for around $30 during a local car show. It sure does use bunch of soap to do the job. I have been able to keep all of our cars swirl free with the right washing techniques over the years without this tool.... I don't think foam gun will do much if you are not using proper washing techniques at the end of the day....

I only use this when the car is really really dirty which is not too often for me.
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Is there a coupon code for the detailers domain discount?
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I use a foam gun after the rinse on every wash. Lat the soap do the work before touching the paint. Some guys use the soap gun inside their wash mit so as to be actively soaping and rinsing while washing.
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      01-06-2011, 12:25 AM   #14
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I have one and love it. Spraying soap from the gun gets a lot more soap on the car than trying to transfer it from a bucket to the car with a wash mitt. More soap help protect from swirls.

This spring I want to get a pressure washer and foam canon for crazy foam that will stick to the car like snow.

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Wow, that's crazy I have a pressure washer, but i'll try the regular foam gun first.......should be arriving in the next day or two.
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i have a coupon code for free shipping if you wanna buy the foam gun from detailaddict.
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I foam, then hand wash using the two-bucket system and a microfiber wash mitt. I rinse with just the hose, no sprayer. At this point, since I keep my cars waxed, most of the water just runs off the car on its own. Finally I use a small electric leaf blower to dry my car

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It maybe a little extreme, but I like not touching the car, plus it gets between the doors, rubber, and side mirrors. I would say it takes longer to use the leaf blower and sometimes I use a sheepskin or microfiber drying cloth to get a spot or two left by the blower. The blower makes the neighbors look at me funny, but I can care less about that.
I tried the blower method before, the only thing I didn't like was it took a lot longer then my other method. The squeegee is my preferred method as its very fast, leaves no marks either. Then any little bits of left over water I just dry up with a microfiber cloth.
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I tried the blower method before, the only thing I didn't like was it took a lot longer then my other method. The squeegee is my preferred method as its very fast, leaves no marks either. Then any little bits of left over water I just dry up with a microfiber cloth.
Which squeege are you using? I bought one from Griots and it seems pretty stiff. As soon as i started to use it I noticed light scratches so i quit and never used it again
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I just got one from autozone. It was like a silicone squeege, very soft. Never had a problem with scratches.
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I just got one from autozone. It was like a silicone squeege, very soft. Never had a problem with scratches.
I used the California Water Blade silicone one for years and didn't notice the scratches on AW, but when I took it in for detailing recently they did and knew the cause immediately. I won't use a squeegee again.
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I used the California Water Blade silicone one for years and didn't notice the scratches on AW, but when I took it in for detailing recently they did and knew the cause immediately. I won't use a squeegee again.
What do you use now instead of the Squeegee? I am usually pretty particular about my car, I guess a detailer might have a better eye for scratches though, but I never saw them on my car. I'll look closer the next time I hand wash my car (a bit to cold out now for it, 24 degrees today).
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What do you use now instead of the Squeegee?
Leaf blower folowed up my thick cotton towels.
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