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      How to Foam Your Car using Pressure Spray Bottle

      Hello Everybody,

      You would have seen videos of detailers foaming their cars using pressure washer foam nozzle or foaming with air compressor. I am not a big fan of pressure washers due to various reasons, primarily because I don't have electric output where my car is parked. Many of us are in the same predicament. I generally use waterless wash systems to clean the car on daily basis (read about my experiments in washing here My WOWA Waterless Wash Wax Experiment), but sometimes the car is so dirty that using waterless system is risky as it will cause swirls. Also, once in a while we need to wash our car other than waterless method to remove any deep accumulated residue. Friday was one of those days, there was a squall in the evening and there is construction going on in nearby house so all the dust, powdered stone, sand etc. was accumulated on my car (see video below).



      If I did waterless or rinseless wash on this kind of car, it will cause swirls, so just cleaned the mirrors & windshield on Friday and left everything as it is, as did not have time for full wash. Decided to give it a full wash on next day i.e. Saturday. For cleaning such a dirty car the following is recommended steps

      1. Presoak with Foam
      2. 2 Bucket Wash
      3. Rinse & Dry

      The problem is with the first step, how do I presoak the car with foam without having a pressure washer & foam nozzle? Decided to do some DIY Experiments (the keeda bites again). I decided to try creating foam with pressure sprayer. I wound the output pipe along the pressure sprayer cylinder with the help of rubber bands to make it stop at around 75% of the way to the bottom. See pic.

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      I filled up the bottle with amway shampoo (use any car shampoo, the more suds the better) just below the level where the output pipe ended (remember we want the foam not the soap). I used a higher concentration of shampoo because needed higher foam. The detailed video with results is below. (The video is a little jumpy, was holding phone in one hand and doing stuff with only one hand, so bear with me).





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      PS: This video is dedicated to my buddy kane as requested here

      Quote Originally Posted by kane View Post
      I would like to see a video if possible of your foam generated. I have tried something similar in the past but by cutting the pipe halfway but the foam was never close to anything that i could say is foam. foam which is lots of concentrated bubbles doesn't seem to enter the pipe except in the area closest to the pipe. I have tried with a transparent bottle so i know. All that comes out is Air with a few bubbles here and there.
      PPS: Kept my promise of no more picking on you on this post, can't say about later.

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      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25582-The-Battle-of-Waxes

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      coolash this definitely worth picking on you.

      The video is a little jumpy, was holding phone in one hand and doing stuff with only one hand, so bear with me
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      coolash just a small tip use a bit hot water with the shampoo if u want better results

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      Quote Originally Posted by thunderboy View Post
      coolash just a small tip use a bit hot water with the shampoo if u want better results
      will try it out, amway shampoo does not give huge suds, will need to look for that also
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      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25158-Sunday-Detailing-my-Honda-Amaze
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      Quote Originally Posted by coolash View Post
      S: This video is dedicated to my buddy kane as requested here
      perfect, thanks for doing this. the foam seems better i am going to give this another go. But the amount of one cap full per "squirt" seems a wee bit much. for comparison around 4 cap fulls does 3 cars in a pressure washer foam gun.

      But this is good to carry around.


      Quote Originally Posted by deuxBEER View Post
      coolash this definitely worth picking on you.

      The video is a little jumpy, was holding phone in one hand and doing stuff with only one hand, so bear with me

      He did end the video with white spurts of foam ;-)

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      coolash just a small tip use a bit hot water with the shampoo if u want better results
      yup thats a good tip
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      coolash, have a point/qn, completely out of context of wat u have just illustrated.

      In the first video, at arnd 2,3,17 second, see some "designs" on the accumulated dust.. That IMHO scratches the top layer worse than our MFs end up doing..

      Wonder who did that.. It's tough to see the hard work to keep scratch free(which is impossible) go down the drain..
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      Quote Originally Posted by balajivembu View Post
      coolash, have a point/qn, completely out of context of wat u have just illustrated.

      In the first video, at arnd 2,3,17 second, see some "designs" on the accumulated dust.. That IMHO scratches the top layer worse than our MFs end up doing..

      Wonder who did that.. It's tough to see the hard work to keep scratch free(which is impossible) go down the drain..
      That was not me, people going by have habit of testing how much dirt is on the car and keep touching the car, that are those marks. I would never touch any car which is soiled
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      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25158-Sunday-Detailing-my-Honda-Amaze
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25582-The-Battle-of-Waxes

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      Quote Originally Posted by kane View Post
      perfect, thanks for doing this. the foam seems better i am going to give this another go. But the amount of one cap full per "squirt" seems a wee bit much. for comparison around 4 cap fulls does 3 cars in a pressure washer foam gun.

      But this is good to carry around.
      It's not full cap, I poured in small quantities in increment, 2-3 ml in one go. I put in more as did not want to keep recording iterations. I have still to quantify how much is required. It took me 3 refills in total to do the whole car. Sill have to do more experimentation to perfect it.
      Some of my Threads:
      https://gearheads.in/showthread.php?24908-My-WOWA-Waterless-Wash-amp-Wax-Experiment
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25158-Sunday-Detailing-my-Honda-Amaze
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25582-The-Battle-of-Waxes

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      Quote Originally Posted by kane View Post
      He did end the video with white spurts of foam ;-)
      This is how a detailing thread should be fun and interesting but knowledgeable
      Some of my Threads:
      https://gearheads.in/showthread.php?24908-My-WOWA-Waterless-Wash-amp-Wax-Experiment
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25158-Sunday-Detailing-my-Honda-Amaze
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25582-The-Battle-of-Waxes

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      Working on 2nd Iteration of foaming experiments with pressure sprayer. This would be even easier than last time with no rotating of the outlet pipe and you can fill the full pressure sprayer and still generate foam. I hope proklear waw foams up good, as I have misplaced my amway shampoo bottle (only 20% was left).
      Some of my Threads:
      https://gearheads.in/showthread.php?24908-My-WOWA-Waterless-Wash-amp-Wax-Experiment
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25158-Sunday-Detailing-my-Honda-Amaze
      http://gearheads.in/showthread.php?25582-The-Battle-of-Waxes

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