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Old 05-29-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Foam / Power Wash Gun Question

I tried to search but could not find what I was looking for. Is it worth the extra money to get a power washer and foam lance? I have looked at a bunch of foam videos and the Gilmore or Adams is nice but none compare to a pressure washer one. If I'm gonna spend $100 on an Adam's package one I can get a small power washer and foam lance for a little more. Input please.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:15 PM   #2
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I can only give my opinion on this...I got my "foam gun", but it's not a Gilmour or anything like that. It does the job for me and foams up pretty good. I think I got mine for $25 or so. Here's a pic of it in action:

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Not so sure that this question boils down to a "your preference" answer. But maybe more foam equals better lubricity for dirt and things.
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Old 05-30-2011, 02:49 PM   #3
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I have a foam lance and I love it. I think you need to ask this question.

Am I buying this just for the foam lance or am I going to have more uses for the pressure washer?

Reason I state this if you break down the cost it is roughly like this

Gilmore $50
Foam Lance with Pressure Washer $150-$200 depending on the pressure washer.

Next thing to consider is the soap, if you do not use good soap in the lance it is a big waste of money as is the gilmore. You want a good slick, long lasting sud soap.

Adams soap isn't that great in the lance but works great in a gilmore. I would suggest the following three soaps for not only the suds they produce, but the slickness and the longevity. Each of these will still have suds clinging to the ride at least five minutes after you spray the car.

CG Gloss and Wash
CG Maxi Suds II
Mequires Hyper Wash

Lastly do not use the Karcher Foam gun as it is a piece of garbage.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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Where did you get yours Iwantone2?
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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I like the Zanio car wash but it does not seem to sud up much and is expensive. I could use another brand to pre soak and then wash with Zanio. I have an idea to use the power washer for other stuff but mainly just for the cars.
If there is a good foam gun with regular hose pressure I guess that would be ok.
Does the Gilmore work with Zanio well?
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:45 AM   #6
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #7
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I like the Zanio car wash but it does not seem to sud up much and is expensive. I could use another brand to pre soak and then wash with Zanio. I have an idea to use the power washer for other stuff but mainly just for the cars.
If there is a good foam gun with regular hose pressure I guess that would be ok.
Does the Gilmore work with Zanio well?
I just ran out of my Adam's soap that I got with a package deal and went back to the Zaino soap I already had. I have to say the amount of foam was about the same for the Zaino and Adam's soap (using the Gilmore). Adam's might have been ever so slightly more but the difference is negligable at best - YMMV.
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Can you post a link? I am interested as well.
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Ok, but if I get made fun of...

The foam gun I use is the ez Foamer by eZall. I got it at a local equestrian store (where they sell horse supplies and such). I think you can find a local store by going to the "Where to Buy" link.

The one I bought doesn't come with all the fancy gizmos that are shown on the website. Oh, and it is not made in the good ole U.S.A.

EDIT: I should have gotten the pink one...
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Ok, but if I get made fun of...

The foam gun I use is the ez Foamer by eZall. I got it at a local equestrian store (where they sell horse supplies and such). I think you can find a local store by going to the "Where to Buy" link.

The one I bought doesn't come with all the fancy gizmos that are shown on the website. Oh, and it is not made in the good ole U.S.A.
Well, giddyup! There is a Tractor Supply right up the street. I will go check them out. Thanks for the tip there, pardner! (sorry, could not resist.)
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We have the Foam Guns that Adams used to sell for $64.95.

http://www.gpcperformance.com/Adams_Foam_Gun_p/483.htm
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Well, giddyup! There is a Tractor Supply right up the street. I will go check them out. Thanks for the tip there, pardner! (sorry, could not resist.)
Ya'll have fun now, ya hear?!

The only trick when using this honky tonk gadget is that you listen to some good ole Willie Nelson or Conway Twitty!

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Ya'll have fun now, ya hear?!

The only trick when using this honky tonk gadget is that you listen to some good ole Willie Nelson or Conway Twitty!

Im gonna check the Tractor supply as well! Thanks, maybe I will get lucky and get pink!
I took back the Lowes Power washer today, what a joke.
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I wash my car with a 2600 psi honda pressure washer. I use a professional foam lance and the 40 degree spray nozzle and it work amazing. it doesnt push the dirt into the paint. it actually blasts the dirt off and it is very easy to remove to brake dust from the rims. there is virtually no chance of getting swirl marks on the paint because nothing but water touches the car.

my suggestion would be to go ahead and buy a foam lance because it is one decision that you will not regret making.
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