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      04-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #1
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what's it called?

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stupid question, don't even know how to search for this what i'm about to ask,

what's the thing called that attaches the bucket of soap or whatever to the hose? so when you spray water from the hose the soap automatically comes with it, or foam etc..??
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Foam gun and with most you need a power washer.
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      04-03-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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The popular choice is the gilmour foamaster for use with a regular hose.
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      04-05-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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If you don't have a pressure/power washer, don't bother with regular foamers. They just waste your carwash and foam is really runny.
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The Foam Gun! They attach to a hose nozzle and siphon a shampoo solution into the water stream producing foam. The popular as mentioned is the Gilmore Foam Gun. The powerful thick shaving cream style foam you might see in some professional documentaries is a Foam Cannon which attaches to a pressure washer only.
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If you don't have a pressure/power washer, don't bother with regular foamers. They just waste your carwash and foam is really runny.
I agree. I got mine from Amazon for about $30 instead of the higher prices from our sponsors. But it's not even worth that and sits in my garage unless the car is really filthy. I don't even know if it makes a difference then, but I have it so I break it out sometimes.
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If its from a pressure washer its worth it... I break mine out everytime i wash the car.... but anything else(attaches to hose) no worth it.
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Pressure washers

So...the consensus seems to be that a foam gun needs a pressure washer. The question now is how much pressure washer does one need? I've seen some small, electric, inexpensive pressure washers that I'd assume to be useless when it comes to most pressure washing tasks (e.g. Decks, siding, etc), but I wonder if they might provide enough pressure boost to operate a foam gun and be quick enough to set up. Any thoughts from those with experience? I really like the idea of the foam gun. Anyone who has used a coin op car wash with a foAming brush has seen the thick, luxurious, foam. It works.
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If you have a regular hose the Gilmour Foamaster II Foam Gun works great. Just pour in your favorite shampoo and you are set to spray foam on the car. If you have a pressure washer you can pick up a foam lance instead. Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll be happy to help.

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Yeah I have spray gun that attachs to the end of the hose you can toggle between shooting water soap or soapy water it's really handy
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So...the consensus seems to be that a foam gun needs a pressure washer. The question now is how much pressure washer does one need? I've seen some small, electric, inexpensive pressure washers that I'd assume to be useless when it comes to most pressure washing tasks (e.g. Decks, siding, etc), but I wonder if they might provide enough pressure boost to operate a foam gun and be quick enough to set up. Any thoughts from those with experience? I really like the idea of the foam gun. Anyone who has used a coin op car wash with a foAming brush has seen the thick, luxurious, foam. It works.
Close - Foam cannon requires a PW and it's not really the PSI rating but the GPM rating that really helps the foam.
I have a foam gun, gilmour, and rarely use it, in fact only if I'm stripping the LSP or the car is filthy which hardly happens.
I'd personally stay away from the foam sprays and brushes at Coin ops. The wash solutions most use are very strong, strong enough to strip your LSP pretty quickly and most use high pressure hot to warm water again no bueno for your LSP.
If you want safe foam invest in a good PW, good foam cannon and use quality soaps at the right dilution levels. None of that is a cheap solution but you pay to play.
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