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Snow foaming on a slightly less limited budget

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The big question for me is, has anyone used one of these, and do you get proper snow foam from it?
Karcher Pressure Washer Foam Lance from Halfords Price £17.99

Halfords own reviews are a very mixed bag.

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And if it's pap - what can you get that does a proper snow foam job, and fits on a Karcher? And do you have to use a specific shampoo product?

This thread:
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Seems to suggest that a proper snow foam lance will make a lot of difference. I can't see the videos at work, but the picture of using a standard Karcher pick up is about what I see doing the same. (Actually I might get slightly better 'cling' results, but I use undiluted shampoo).
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To sum up - looks like the 'Karcher pressure wash lance' is no such thing, just a standard detergent mixer.

So, if I want a 'proper' snow foam lance, I want it to fit straight on to a Karcher pressure washer, and I want it to be as cheap as possible while doing a good job, what should I be buying? And should I be buying specific 'snow foam' too, or just using shampoo?
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Autobite direct seem to have their HD snowfoamer on special on DW more often than not, this is definitly the one to go for. There are loads of different types of snowfoam on the market, they range from very weak ones which are garunteed not to remove wax (or dirt ) right up to TFR's and everyone has a different opinion on each one. I would suggest AS Actimousse or Bilt hamber autofoam as good starting points, both are perfect for weekly washes on a waxed car imo.
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And that snow foamer fits directly to a Karcher washer with no issues?

Also, where do I find the shop on DW? Can only see the forum.
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And that snow foamer fits directly to a Karcher washer with no issues?

Also, where do I find the shop on DW? Can only see the forum.
Foamlance offer

Check with AB that it is still in effect.

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When ordering, tell them what PW you have and they will pre-fit the correct adaptor for you.
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Gilmore costs same as a foam lance. Just need a pressure washer so not as convenient.
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OK, any more details on what a Gilmore is and how much it costs?
And what do you mean it's not as convenient because you need a pressure washer? I thought I needed a pressure washer for the AB one too? (And I have one anyway!)
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I don't think the Gilmore can be compared to the Autobrite HD lance. If you already have a pw buy a proper lance, if you don't consider the Gilmore but it doesn't have the pressure to create a nice fluffy foam which sticks to the car.

As for the convenience issue, the gilmore plugs directly into a garden hose and saves running an extension lead out and carring a pw.
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Oh right, well I'd be using a pressure washer anyway, so no point in that I guess.
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Oh, another question: If I get the AB lance, do I need specific snow foaming shampoo?
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Yes, normal shampoos will foam up really well but have little or no cleaning power. You can use your normal shampoo and a dash of APC which will provide pretty good cleaning power, I have used these quite a bit in the past. Otherwise you will have to buy one of the dedicated snowfoams, my favourite so far are Bilt Hamber Autofoam, Autoglym Powermax 3 and Autosmart Actimousse+
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Special Foam shampoos are better for foaming as the normal shampoos are very mild.

I have tested some normal shampoos with a foamgun and brands like Mothers and Dodo Juice foamed up very well, but I couldn't get the "normal" AutoGlym shampoo foam at all!
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Got the snow foam lance for my birthday, but was delayed in using it by my holiday. Gave it a first try today - it certainly does put on a thick layer! It's like shaving foam.

While this:
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shows the foam going on over a fairly wide arc though, mine just sprays out in a narrow pattern such as a water hose would - meaning I get a lot of splatter! By the time I'd finished, I had to do Mrs Bazzas car too, as it was covered in splashback. Is this adjustable in any way?

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does the nozzle not turn to adjust the spray pattern?
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does the nozzle not turn to adjust the spray pattern?
Yes it does . Hold the bit above the bottle and twist the front of the lance. Have a play with the knob on the top to adjust the shampoo/ water mixture.
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Oooooooooo that looks fun! I'd get one but no pressure washer and im not wasting that much on one
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