How to: How to make a Foam Cannon

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  1. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If you read this before pictures are added then be patient, writing this how to on the computer and uploading pictures from my phone. I'll delete this sentence when I'm done....

    First off to give credit where credit is due, used a helpful how-to to get an idea of how to do this from rshadd on 355nation, props to him...Also to the girlfriend for paying for this for our anniversary/some of my birthday :crazy:

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    How to Make a Foam Cannon

    What is a Foam Cannon?
    Also known as a foam lance, a foam cannon is used to cover your truck (or car/suv) in lots of thick foam. It is to be used with a power washer and produces thick, clinging foam to help remove dirt from your automobile. As quoted by rshadd "he benefit of using a foam lance to deliver the soap to the vehicle is that it doesn't require you to touch the vehicle, which could rub dirt against the paint. The Foam Cannon sprays the vehicle with a thick coat of soap to loosen and lubricate dirt. On dusty or lightly dirty vehicles, you may not even need to hand-wash. The Foam Cannon HP minimizes the amount of hands-on contact with the vehicle, which can minimize wash-induced swirls. Plus, a Foam Cannon is a just plain fun"

    These go for upwards of $120 on many detailing sites but can be had for less if made yourself..


    Skill Level
    Easy

    Estimated cost

    $100ish USD


    Tools Needed

    Pliers or a wrench to tighten connections

    Parts Needed

    ***I personally recommend ordering the foamer attachment and pressure washer spray gun first and then going to a local hardware store once it is in and getting the rest of the fittings as I ended up with some I didn't need and ended up having to go to the hardware store and spend an extra $10 getting some more I needed.

    -MTM Hydro Long-Range Detergent Foamer Attachment ($59.99)
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    -Pressure Washer Trigger Spray Gun ($19.99)
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    -1/4 inch brass pipe fitting ($4.36)
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    -Blue Hawk 3/8-in Quick Disconnect Socket x Male Metric Thread($7.98)
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    -NorthStar Pressure Washer Plated Steel Nipple — 3/8in. Male Inlet, 4000 PSI ($3.99)
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    Parts laid out..
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    Gun put together..
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    Hooked up to power washer...
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    Will upload some pictures as well as a video of it getting used in the next few days once the rain lets off and I get a chance to wash the truck and g/f's car.

    Edit: Video of cannon in action...
    http://youtu.be/twqR8ljOu2k
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013
  2. Khaos

    Khaos Bed Dent Club Founder

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    I'll be looking into making my own maybe next spring, depending on how good the pics look :crazy:

    Nice write-up!
     
  3. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Haha, thanks! Gun turned out alright, will be interesting to see what kind of foam it put out. Currently have this one..
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    I'm hoping this new one with the power washer put my old one to shame.
     
  4. Khaos

    Khaos Bed Dent Club Founder

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    A tip I read from one of the Adam's guys was to add a little bit of waterless wash to your car shampoo when using the foam cannon because it greatly increases the amount of foam produced.
     
  5. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Read that over on their forum once as well but I don't have any waterless wash :/ My truck is a daily and gets way to dirty way to fast that I've never invested in any waterless wash.
     
  6. Khaos

    Khaos Bed Dent Club Founder

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    Ah, fair enough then. Just throwing the info out there.
     
  7. Bootstrap

    Bootstrap :nosewhat:

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    Awesome, too bad I can't wash at home lol

    Sent from my DROID RAZR MAXX HD
     
  8. Jared

    Jared Administrator Staff Member

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    nice
     
  9. Craig

    Craig Member

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    Can't wait to see the review!
     
  10. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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  11. Bassmaster

    Bassmaster Media Mod

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    So you can make your own for about 100..but can't you buy an actual foam Lance for like 60-80? :shrug:

    Edit. Quick amazon search
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    Sent from my Galaxy S-Fawhore
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013
  12. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks man, def appreciate you trying to help.

    I use to live in an apt complex and hated it.

    Hopefully I can use it tomorrow!

    I linked that one in my parts :crazy:.....you can buy the acutal foam lance part on amazon which is what I did, however, with this set up your foam lance has it's own gun attached to it as well as quick connects so you can just move from it as an attachment back to your actual power washer gun instead of having to remove the nozzle off your power washing gun, then put on the lance on the power washing gun, then take it back off, then put back on the original nozzle, etc.

    Much more convenient and practical to make an entire separate gun such as what I did for an extra few bucks :shake:
     
  13. Jordan

    Jordan OG CGM Member

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    Nice write up Chris, excited to see how it works.
     
  14. James Pate

    James Pate Well-Known Member

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    In for reviews
     
  15. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Used the entire bottle just messing around with the settings. Made it go from real thin and watery to real thick, of course it used more the thicker I made it. Just foamed the truck up and then rinsed it back off, going to actually foam it up and wash it tomorrow. Will try and getting better video as well...
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  16. Jordan

    Jordan OG CGM Member

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    Looks like it works really good! I bet it smells heavenly, I love how that shampoo smells.
     
  17. ScottyBoy

    ScottyBoy The LED Man

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    Damn Chris, I need to come by your house and try this on my truck. I will of course bring my own Adams shampoo. Let me know what your next off day is.
     
  18. James Pate

    James Pate Well-Known Member

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    Well I guess it works lol
     
  19. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Smells great! My g/f was talking about how great it smelt lol

    Def. welcome to man :shake:

    Works real well. Recorded some video but its not much, need to upload it to YouTube and post it I guess. Washed the truck for real today...
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  20. BOO5TED

    BOO5TED Resident Smartass

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    Damn, I need to make one of these.



    Why not?
     

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