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Foam cannon/gun

Looking for a reasonable priced foam cannon/gun I could use with just a garden hose. Any ideas or suggestions? Will a garden hose be ok or do I need a pressure washer? Anyone have experience foaming with a garden hose?

Found this http://www.homedepot.ca/product/g-clean ... mer/986380 much cheaper!
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I have one and the foam does not come out as thick as with the ones that connect to the pressure washers. cant remember which brand it was but I'm pretty sure I picked it up from eshine.
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hulk007 wrote: Looking for a reasonable priced foam cannon/gun I could use with just a garden hose. Any ideas or suggestions? Will a garden hose be ok or do I need a pressure washer? Anyone have experience foaming with a garden hose?
For foam cannon of the kind that produce the amount foam shown by Chemical Guys on you tube, etc. you need a pressure washer version. There are also versions that work with garden hose that I have no experience with. But I think they would not work as well.

There are local and US source for them that I have no experience with. They are typically more expensive than what I got from Ali Express (MJJC). Search mjjc foam lance in car washers in Ali Express. Mine's cost US$27.50 for a QC connection.

It looks like the type of soap does not matter. I tried expensive soap (Meguair's Gold) and cheapo 10 year old Simoniz soap, both work equally well in terms of the amount of foam produced. I'll try Dollarama and Walmart soap next. ;)
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previous posters are correct. for a regular garden hose, only a foam gun will work which doesnt product as much foam as a foam cannon. The latter requires a pressure washer
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That one would require a pressure washer, but good luck buying it from Home Depot here. It seems to have been discontinued a year ago. I have called around the stores within 100 km that still shows in stock in the website and they don't have any left. That Homelite G-Clean Detergent Foamer was what I wanted to buy before buying the MJJC from AE.
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cjottawa wrote: The Chemical Guys Foam Blaster is identical to the Foamaster II.

Check my review on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.ca/Chemical-Guys-FOAM ... 00F5MCL14/

It's not a miracle cure but it's a great way to get an even coat of soap on your car to prevent clearcoat scratches while cleaning.

I strongly suggest you invest in two buckets with grit guards, chenille microfiber mitts, and at least a dozen high quality microfiber towels (70% polyester, 30% polyamide, 300-400gsm - NOT your cheapo Walmart specials).

Buy two of these buckets with grit guards:
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/automotiv ... 4598p.html

Learn about the "two bucket wash." Being in Canada, you can do this without a hose, in a garage, in winter, using a soap called "Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine."

In summer, using conventional soap (Meguiar's Gold Class is great), you'll need to rinse with a hose and towel dry.

I've used Meg's Gold Class and Chemical Guys (CG) Mr.Pink so far and have CG "Honeydew Snow Foam". The CG stuff is more concentrated but pro detailers don't sneer at Gold class so don't hesitate to use it.

Towels:
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00A8MZ7IA

If you have your heart set on a foam gun, this kit isn't a bad start:
http://www.amazon.ca/Chemical-Guys-HOL_ ... 00F5MCL1E/

The "Autodetailing" sub-Reddit has a great wiki:
https://www.reddit.com/r/AutoDetailing/wiki/index

Larry Kosilla of AmmoNYC puts out fantastic videos to teach people how to detail. Here's his vid on the two/three bucket process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Sqi1lAj1A

He also gets into foam gun use.

Don't bother with a pressure washer unless you already own own. It's just an added "thing" to set up, maintain and put away.

Here's the foam gun in action:

[IMG]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com ... L1600_.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com ... L1600_.jpg[/IMG]

(clearly, I wasn't using Larry's foam gun method to soak the mitt - this was just a pre-soak with foam, followed by a two bucket wash)
Nice foaming action for a non pressure washer! I might be sold on this......
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cjottawa wrote: ...and that's with Meguiar's Gold Class soap.

I'll take another pic when I use CG's Honeydew Snow Foam. it's marketed as being ultra-high foam.
Look forward to seeing your pic
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For all intents and purpose, they both do the job just fine. More foam doesn't mean it agitates the dirt better, as long as it's not super runny a foam gun will work well just doesn't look as good lol
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hulk007 wrote: What type of pressure washer? Psi?
Garden hose
(sorry should have mentioned)
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hulk007 wrote: Nice foaming action for a non pressure washer! I might be sold on this......
If you buy an adjustable one then you can choose what level you want (obviously the more foam you want to more soap you use). I think they are perfect for most people because it does the job with little hassle.

I have a shut-off valve attached to my garden hose (couple bucks at home depot) so I can switch to different sprayers without turning the water off. I don't like the rinse capabilities of the foam gun itself.
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TrevorK wrote: If you buy an adjustable one then you can choose what level you want (obviously the more foam you want to more soap you use). I think they are perfect for most people because it does the job with little hassle.

I have a shut-off valve attached to my garden hose (couple bucks at home depot) so I can switch to different sprayers without turning the water off. I don't like the rinse capabilities of the foam gun itself.
Ya good call on the shut off valve as i will do the same. I think the garden hose foamer method will be good for me as it meets my needs of simplifyed, quick, good enough basic wash!
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Nice i will use up my last years supplies of soaps then order some snow foam when it goes on sale. Thanks for the tips and pic, what's up with the gloves in the pic? Is the soap not good for sensitive skin issues?
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cjottawa wrote: I just tried out Chemical Guys' "Honeydew Snow Foam" in the foam gun; it absolutely does foam up and cling more than their "Mr.Pink" soap. I found Mr. Pink roughly comparable to Meguiar's Gold Class soap.
Thanks - I still have quite a bit of Mr Pink left but will pick up some of that when I run out!
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hulk007 wrote: Nice i will use up my last years supplies of soaps then order some snow foam when it goes on sale. Thanks for the tips and pic, what's up with the gloves in the pic? Is the soap not good for sensitive skin issues?
I find APC, engine cleaner and decontamination sprays trash my skin. Shampoo has never been an issue though.

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