How to: How to make a Foam Cannon

Discussion in 'Detailing Tips & Articles' started by Smith, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Haha, true story.
    I'd have to look to get the exact specs man. I've seen people do that. Mine is gas, I just don't use a high pressure nozzle or get the nozzle too close to the paint.
     
  2. 06_crewcab_ss

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    Thats what I was mostly wondering whether it was gas or electric. I'd probably just pick up a small gas one. The suds that makes is crazy, I definitely want to get one and try out a foam cannon
     
  3. 08Chevy

    08Chevy Lemme light your fire

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    Tittes.

    Too bad I already bought one.

    I'm gonna try that quick detailer tip though.
     
  4. FreeWilly!

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    Thanks for the writeup. How much soap are you using in the cannon?
     
  5. Bassmaster

    Bassmaster Media Mod

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    Here's the new best deal out there by far
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  6. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    I need a power washer first


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  7. Smith

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    I used about 4oz or so of soap and filled the rest of the thing with water.

    Greg, that is a good deal in my opinion. I love the handle and all on mine and just quick switching back and forth.
     
  8. Bassmaster

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    Isn't the handle already on the power washer? Couldn't you just take the long wand off le washer, and only get a quick Connect to attach gun - to stock washer handle?

    Instead of having a separate $20 handle for the tank? Is that making sense?

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  9. Smith

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    Nah, you're making sense. Most likely you probably could. This was trail and error works great for me and was just one of many ways to make/get one. Definitely open for other ways to be discussed in here to help others thinking about getting a foam cannon.
     
  10. Bassmaster

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    Gotcha :shake: if I decide I really really want one then I'll guy shine supply deal and work my stock handle with it

    I have foam gun now, but the suds are almost worthless

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  11. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Word, I got a foam gun and use it but it doesn't compare to the cannon.
     
  12. Bootstrap

    Bootstrap :nosewhat:

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    Do want cannon, but the driveway is gravel, so washing truck would just make a bigger mess

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  13. Nick_H5

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    I like the idea of swapping handles instead of having it hanging off the end of a 3 foot pipe. I run the risk of melting mine if I put it back in the holster, and laying on the ground makes a mess. Definitely doing this Saturday.
     
  14. James

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    I have this ole girl as well. Its a lot better than a bucket but really doesnt foam. Chris how much soap you normally add compared to water? I normally just dump some in and add lukewarm water and it is meh.
     
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  15. Smith

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    Pretty much why I did it as well, other way works just fine for most but didn't really want it at the end like you said. Not necessary to have a separate one like I did but it is nice.

    For sure, much better than just a bucket and hose but like you said it doesn't foam near like a cannon. Most of the time when I still use it I do just like you and just dump a decent amount in there and add lukewarm water and go. When I first got it I'd get some of the cheaper meguiars soap and what not when I'd catch it on sale and fill the thing up about 1/4 to 1/2 the way up with straight soap and it definitely had more suds :rofl: Then I realized that wasn't the way to do it :okay: lol
     
  16. cbrsilv15

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    I was going to get this, but after the $16 for shipping, its too much. $76....

    They are $53.94 on ebay now. I called MTM to see if I could buy the valves and try to piece one together, but they don't make them separately. :crossarms: Birthday is next month so we're going to look at a sears power washer tonight and I might get this off ebay. Cheapese MTM I could find was 65.
     
  17. Sparky99r1

    Sparky99r1 New Member

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    I am thinking about getting one from Chemical Guys. They have MTM and Torq. They seam to work well. Just not sure I want to spent $100
     
  18. J_Corr

    J_Corr Chapter Leader

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    Santa is bringing me one of these! Will have so much more time for other activities!
     
  19. Connor

    Connor Well-Known Member

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    Wrong cannon dickwad
     
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  20. Smith

    Smith Super Moderator Staff Member

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    @Dakota


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