Collection: Snow Foam Lances

Snow foam cannons are popular detailing tools used in car cleaning routines to apply a thick layer of foam to a vehicle's surface. This foam, often referred to as "snow foam," is a pre-wash product that helps to loosen and lift dirt, grime, and contaminants from the paintwork. Snow foam cannons are usually attached to pressure washers and provide a convenient and effective way to cover your vehicle in foam before the actual washing process.

Here's how snow foam cannons work and how to use them:

How Snow Foam Cannons Work:
Snow foam cannons consist of a bottle or reservoir that holds a mixture of water, snow foam concentrate, and sometimes a soap solution. The cannon is connected to a pressure washer through a quick-release coupling. When pressurized water flows through the cannon, it mixes with the snow foam concentrate to create a thick foam. The foam is then sprayed onto the vehicle's surface, where it clings to the paint and begins to break down and loosen dirt and contaminants.

Using a Snow Foam Cannon:

  1. Prepare the Snow Foam Solution: Start by preparing the snow foam solution. Follow the instructions on the snow foam concentrate bottle to mix the appropriate ratio of concentrate and water. Some snow foam concentrates are more concentrated, so be sure to dilute them correctly.
  2. Fill the Cannon: Pour the diluted snow foam mixture into the snow foam cannon's reservoir or bottle. Make sure not to overfill it, leaving enough space for air to create foam.
  3. Attach to Pressure Washer: Attach the snow foam cannon to your pressure washer's spray gun or lance. Make sure the connection is secure and tight to prevent leaks.
  4. Adjust Foam Thickness: Many snow foam cannons have an adjustable knob or dial that allows you to control the thickness of the foam. Turn the knob to adjust the foam's consistency to your preference.
  5. Pre-Rinse: Before applying the foam, give your car a quick rinse with plain water to remove loose dirt and debris. This step helps prevent scratching during the foam application.
  6. Apply the Foam: With the pressure washer and snow foam cannon ready, start spraying the foam onto the vehicle's surface. Begin at the top and work your way down, ensuring even coverage.
  7. Dwell Time: Allow the foam to dwell on the surface for a few minutes. This dwell time allows the foam to encapsulate and loosen dirt, making it easier to rinse off.
  8. Rinse Off: After the dwell time, use your pressure washer to thoroughly rinse off the foam along with the loosened dirt and contaminants. Start from the top and work your way down to avoid dragging dirt across the paint.
  9. Wash: Once the snow foam and dirt are rinsed off, you can proceed with the regular car washing process using a wash mitt or sponge and a high-quality car wash shampoo.

Snow foam cannons are a convenient and effective tool to enhance your car cleaning routine. They help reduce the risk of introducing scratches during the washing process by minimizing direct contact with dirt and contaminants. Remember to choose a snow foam concentrate that is compatible with your cannon and your car's finish, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper use.