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Hello,

I'm always about keeping my vehicles clean and spotless. Anyone have a good foam cannon and soap they use? Need some legit drying towels.

Detail buddies - share your stations...
 
Can't help with the foam cannon - I need a better one. For soap, I like CarPro Reset. For drying, I usually use a drying agent like Turtle Wax Hybrid Ceramic Wet Wax and drying towels from the Rag Company.
 

Adam’s mega foam is my current go to. Chemical guys isn’t bad. Really as long as you have a good cannon and gas pressure washer (I don’t think there’s a high enough pressure and flow electric at least in my limited “screw it there’s a gas on sale at Lowe’s” level of searching) just about all the “foam cannon” soaps are fine.

Griots has a good XL towel that doesn’t get soaked by the time you get to the rear doors.
 
I have a 2.3 gpm electric pressure washer and have tried both SudMagic Foam Cannon Car Wash Gun and the ACTIVE full T304 Stainless Steel head foam cannon. Between those two the SudMagic does better at producing thick clinging foam when using apples to apples soap dilution in both cannons.

As far as soaps, only been using Chemical Guys Snow Foam ( smells good )

Favorite drying towel = The Rag Company The Liquid8r . I can do the whole truck without ever having to wring any water.

Favorite towel for spray wax/sealants = The Rag Company Eagle Edgeless 350
 
Hello,

I'm always about keeping my vehicles clean and spotless. Anyone have a good foam cannon and soap they use? Need some legit drying towels.

Detail buddies - share your stations...

Have you tried ONR? It's a rinseless wash that works wonders. I'm a mobile detailer and that's what I stick with as I only need to pre rinse sometimes, and can skip right to the drying stage after a contact wash with ONR.

Otherwise I skip the foam and just go straight to a two bucket wash method with Meguair's Gold Class Shampoo. I keep Dirt Locks in both my rinse and wash bucket- these help agitate the soap and keep debris at the bottom of the bucket. I go panel by panel, top to bottom, and switch out my rag a few times in between. Have had very minimal swirls with both ONR and 2-bucket washing.

There may be some value in using foam before the contact wash as a pre wash. But personally I have seen minimal benefit in using a pre wash before the contact wash. And I find for contact washes, if I do foaming instead of a 2 bucket method it actually takes me more time to set up. If you want to stick with the foam- try Bilt hamber touchless, I have only heard good things about this from other detailers.

In terms of a drying towel, if you want something that can dry your truck effortlessly in one go- get the rag company 1500 (the red one). It's meant specifically for large vehicles. I use this one with Meguair's hybrid ceramic QD as a drying aid on my Tremor.
 
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This MJJC is the best out there IMO. But know any foam cannon has to have the ability to match your output pressure to make the good rich foam. A high output pressure washer needs a bigger orifice than a small electric one will need. Some will come with them or will have them available as an extra. Cheap ones won’t have it at all.

The rag company is one of the favorites. I really like the Chemical Guys SUV waffle towel for the first pull. It’s large and has pocket on the corners to grab. My trucks so tall I can flip out to the hood and sides. Then just pull it down to get the majority off. Then fallow up with smaller towels and a finish or drying agent.
CarPro Lift is a great heavy cleaner, high PH. It does not foam as much but its for the occasional heavy cleaning.
I have switched to KochChemie products for most my other cleaning needs. Super good stuff.

 
Have you tried ONR? It's a rinseless wash that works wonders. I'm a mobile detailer and that's what I stick with as I only need to pre rinse sometimes, and can skip right to the drying stage after a contact wash with ONR.

Otherwise I skip the foam and just go straight to a two bucket wash method with Meguair's Gold Class Shampoo. I keep Dirt Locks in both my rinse and wash bucket- these help agitate the soap and keep debris at the bottom of the bucket. I go panel by panel, top to bottom, and switch out my rag a few times in between. Have had very minimal swirls with both ONR and 2-bucket washing.

There may be some value in using foam before the contact wash as a pre wash. But personally I have seen minimal benefit in using a pre wash before the contact wash. And I find for contact washes, if I do foaming instead of a 2 bucket method it actually takes me more time to set up. If you want to stick with the foam- try Bilt hamber touchless, I have only heard good things about this from other detailers.

In terms of a drying towel, if you want something that can dry your truck effortlessly in one go- get the rag company 1500 (the red one). It's meant specifically for large vehicles. I use this one with Meguair's hybrid ceramic QD as a drying aid on my Tremor.
Thank you for the following information. I will check all of this stuff out.
 
This MJJC is the best out there IMO. But know any foam cannon has to have the ability to match your output pressure to make the good rich foam. A high output pressure washer needs a bigger orifice than a small electric one will need. Some will come with them or will have them available as an extra. Cheap ones won’t have it at all.

The rag company is one of the favorites. I really like the Chemical Guys SUV waffle towel for the first pull. It’s large and has pocket on the corners to grab. My trucks so tall I can flip out to the hood and sides. Then just pull it down to get the majority off. Then fallow up with smaller towels and a finish or drying agent.
CarPro Lift is a great heavy cleaner, high PH. It does not foam as much but its for the occasional heavy cleaning.
I have switched to KochChemie products for most my other cleaning needs. Super good stuff.

Thank you for sharing all this great information. I will check this stuff out.
 
I have a 2.3 gpm electric pressure washer and have tried both SudMagic Foam Cannon Car Wash Gun and the ACTIVE full T304 Stainless Steel head foam cannon. Between those two the SudMagic does better at producing thick clinging foam when using apples to apples soap dilution in both cannons.

As far as soaps, only been using Chemical Guys Snow Foam ( smells good )

Favorite drying towel = The Rag Company The Liquid8r . I can do the whole truck without ever having to wring any water.

Favorite towel for spray wax/sealants = The Rag Company Eagle Edgeless 350
Thank you for sharing.
 
i use chemical guys for pretty much everything. no real reason other than it works well and i havent needed to try others.

i would recommend doing a solid detail, then ceramic coating the truck. it makes follow on detailing so easy. at least until its time to recoat. i applied the ceramic myself. i couldnt bring myself to pay $1K+ for someone else to do it. i think i spent like $250 including the extra details stuff(iron decon, polishing compound,etc) to do a major clean before i applied the ceramic. it took me like 4 hrs start to finish and turned out pretty good. not perfect. ther were a couple spots i didnt buff off quick enough that left some flash marks. but those go away as the coating deteriorates anyways and i know better for the next time.
 
I need help cleaning the exhaust tips. They are “stained” with mud but I’d like to get them back to black. Any tips?
 
Overkill for home use but a lot of pros use it... Kranzle pressure washer made specifically for detailing
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Went from Porter Cable DA polisher (still have it) but went to Milwaukee 18vt

During covid had too much time on my hands and learned about CRI lighting. Ever wax your ride and later that day say mid sunset you see all kinds of crap you missed? I had bright LED garage lights and never knew my detail needed more work! Went with Scangrip lights with stands. Its bluetooth control and ranges low 2k to 6500k color and 0-100 brightness. Lets you see every angle and spectrum under the sun, well worth the coin. When you wax / seal, when you leave swirls on the ride, sealant magnifies the dullness of the imperfection.
prouducts?
I started with Meguires as they ha a started kit with microfiber pads that no way can you damage the finish but still practiced on a beater, lol.
Around 2020 switched to Turtle wax who I thought was a dying breed but it aint your grandpas wax no mo! I use a base of graphene / ceramic paste followed by topper of choice - usually to the max graphene. For me this = a whole winter of weekly car washes at a brush car wash, no scratches and still beads early spring.
Don't let microfibre fool ya, save you coin and get these you'll thank yourself later. Others make this style also
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Amazon Tool Daily short pressure washer gun with foam canon with 5 tips for 36.99. Has great reviews
 
I need help cleaning the exhaust tips. They are “stained” with mud but I’d like to get them back to black. Any tips?
Stay out of the mud.
 
Hello,

I'm always about keeping my vehicles clean and spotless. Anyone have a good foam cannon and soap they use? Need some legit drying towels.

Detail buddies - share your stations...

I can attest to this product and company. I have used Griots products off and on for almost 20 years. I use a variety of other products too. Griots can have some overpriced products but can some are worth it.

Also, that content creator is a great place to look through if you really want some product reviews and how-tos to detail your vehicle.
 
Overkill for home use but a lot of pros use it... Kranzle pressure washer made specifically for detailing
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Went from Porter Cable DA polisher (still have it) but went to Milwaukee 18vt

During covid had too much time on my hands and learned about CRI lighting. Ever wax your ride and later that day say mid sunset you see all kinds of crap you missed? I had bright LED garage lights and never knew my detail needed more work! Went with Scangrip lights with stands. Its bluetooth control and ranges low 2k to 6500k color and 0-100 brightness. Lets you see every angle and spectrum under the sun, well worth the coin. When you wax / seal, when you leave swirls on the ride, sealant magnifies the dullness of the imperfection.
prouducts?
I started with Meguires as they ha a started kit with microfiber pads that no way can you damage the finish but still practiced on a beater, lol.
Around 2020 switched to Turtle wax who I thought was a dying breed but it aint your grandpas wax no mo! I use a base of graphene / ceramic paste followed by topper of choice - usually to the max graphene. For me this = a whole winter of weekly car washes at a brush car wash, no scratches and still beads early spring.
Don't let microfibre fool ya, save you coin and get these you'll thank yourself later. Others make this style also
View attachment 28808
Phew, that Kranzle is top of the line and you pay for it. The active 2.0 is probably the best bang for your buck.
 

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