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Poor mans Foam Sprayer

So i did not want to spend upwards of 60 dollars on a foam system yet so i was looking at other ways of getting the job done. I am not a big fan of wash buckets, even with the better 2 bucket system. It works great!




I cannot express enough how it is important to not use the same one for weeds for your car .

I also have discovered that sponges RULE. I will never use a wash mitt again. Now, with a good wax job, you will not need to use a sponge or wash mitt for light dirt and grime. As the wax wears off you will notice it not getting clean as good.
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What type of soap are you using with this?
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What type of soap are you using with this?
I am using a foaming shampoo. But i have used a few different types and they all seem to work the same. As long as its a high quality soap.
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haha thats awesome! so you think foam works better than a normal bucket and mitt?

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haha thats awesome! so you think foam works better than a normal bucket and mitt?
Well "Better" is very subjective. However, I can say that on a good wax job, you will not be able to notice the difference in cleanliness. You can however know you are not scratching the surface with a mitt or sponge. It can also serve an an indicator on when you need a new wax job. I knew when i still saw a small smudge after i washed. Busted out the clay bar and sponge and wax. So using a mitt once every waxing instead of a weekly wash, cuts down on costs and on the possibility of scratching the surface.
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interesting concept. might have to try it out.

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So here is a picture after a quick spurt from the sprayer. No sponge or mitt used in the making of this picture

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Well "Better" is very subjective. However, I can say that on a good wax job, you will not be able to notice the difference in cleanliness. You can however know you are not scratching the surface with a mitt or sponge. It can also serve an an indicator on when you need a new wax job. I knew when i still saw a small smudge after i washed. Busted out the clay bar and sponge and wax. So using a mitt once every waxing instead of a weekly wash, cuts down on costs and on the possibility of scratching the surface.
The foam alone will not remove much dirt. Just like a drive through touchless car-wash, only the lightest of covering will be removed. A nice mitt and a bucket with a grit-guard are imperative for actual cleaning. This is a very inventive solution, but it does appear that you get what you pay for...a real foam gun (~$40) will give a great foam coating. The photo shows a bit of suds, but not the full-on foaming that would be ideal.
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The foam alone will not remove much dirt. Just like a drive through touchless car-wash, only the lightest of covering will be removed. A nice mitt and a bucket with a grit-guard are imperative for actual cleaning. This is a very inventive solution, but it does appear that you get what you pay for...a real foam gun (~$40) will give a great foam coating. The photo shows a bit of suds, but not the full-on foaming that would be ideal.
Well $40 wont buy you a foam gun, and if you havent used it you cant really tell someone who does use it that it doesnt work. As ive said, with a good wax job it will clean great. Yes the foam gun is better, but it works great as my money is going towards other things on the car than a foam gun.
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Well $40 wont buy you a foam gun, and if you havent used it you cant really tell someone who does use it that it doesnt work. As ive said, with a good wax job it will clean great. Yes the foam gun is better, but it works great as my money is going towards other things on the car than a foam gun.
This is the standard on for $38, but it looks like there are version available for $30 as well.
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Wax does not change the fact that contact has to be made with the surface in order to do any appreciable amount of cleaning.
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Wax does not change the fact that contact has to be made with the surface in order to do any appreciable amount of cleaning.
gotta agree with this. especially here no matter how good or new the wax is just spraying foam, even an awesome cleaner with an awesome gun, wont get off the bug splats, they need to be physically removed with a bug mitt.

this still looks like a good inbtween serious cleaning method when you dont want to or have time for a good scrub down.

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Yes bug guts wont go away with this, or any foamer for that matter.
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