Snow Foam

Best Snow Foam 2021 | What makes a good snow foam?

What makes a good snow foam?

Best Snow Foam 2021

Snow Foam

Before you get your buckets and wash mitt out you should be looking at giving the car a pre-wash. This is essential as it helps to soften dirt and any larger particles that are on the paintwork and wheels and draw them away from the surface, in effect an initial touch less wash.
You want to loosen and remove as much dirt as possible with the snow foam because the less dirt on the surface before hand washing, the lower the chance of inflicting more swirls and scratches.
The cleaning power of snow foam will vary by brand. However, what I like in a snow foam is consistency. The foam should be thick enough so it can dwell or soak in the surface before running out, it should have very good “cling” power. Foam that cling better, have the ability to loosen dirt better. If foam is too thick, there is always a chance that it might pull down too fast, and will not be able to perform the purpose of it’s use, which is to safely loosen dirt. I usually wait for five minutes for the snow foam to do its magic.


  • The foam should have sufficient time to stick on the paint to remove all traces of loose dust and dirt
  • The concentrate should be economical to use
  • The snow foam should leave zero traces of residue after rinsing with water
  • The concentrate should be safe to use on plastic, glass, and clear coat paint

  • You can leave the foam to cling to the car and soak for around 5 minutes depending on the weather/temperature at the time. This way you will remove more dirt and once rinsed off with a pressure washer, the risk of inflicting marring and fine scratches are reduced. If this step is ignored and you go straight to a wash mitt you will simply be grinding dirt and contaminants into the paint, which could lead to Swirl marks and scratches!
    The first thing you need to remember is to never apply snow foam over hot surfaces. If the surface is hot to the touch, allow the vehicle to cool down considerably before cleaning your vehicle with snow foam. Always wash your vehicle in a shaded area to help avoid water spots.
    The next important step is to rinse the vehicle with clean water before spraying the snow foam. This will further remove traces of loose dirt that might scratch the surface.
    The snow foam should be allowed to cling or dwell on the surface for at least five minutes. When the foam turns into liquid as it runs off and drips towards the ground, rinse it immediately with clean water before it gets a chance to dry.
    Obviously we do recommend this process but if you do not have an appropriate lance for your pressure washer then we suggest that you spend some time carefully rinsing starting from the top to the bottom to remove as much debris as you can.
    Method:
    Work your way all around the vehicle. You’ll notice that I also coat the wheels and wheel arches.
    Leave to dwell for about 5 minutes.
    After about 5 rinse off top to bottom.
    What is the right way to apply snow foam?
    Facts about all the Snow Foam products available from Auto-DNA:
    A higher pH snow foam can strip waxes and sealants. You would use these to prep the surface for a polish and new sealant or ceramic coating. With a higher pH, i.o. alkaline snow foam, you will be able to remove more dirt successfully.
    What you need to know about Alkaline Cleaners
    Alkaline detergents are the best overall cleaners, they are effective on organic soils such as oils, bugs, asphalt and tree sap. Acidic detergents are generally poor solo cleaners. They are almost always used in a two-step Alkaline/Acidic application but when used can effectively clean inorganic soils such as clay, sand and dirt. Specialized “Solvent” detergents are often used to remove very tough grease tar and tree sap “Road Film Soils”.

Alkalinity can assist with cleaning while creating a pH solution that is above 7 with high alkaline products making solutions that are generally above 11 in pH. Alkaline detergents are the best overall cleaners and can remove most soils.
Lower pH snow foams are safer to use on waxed surfaces.

Auto-DNA Super Snow Soap - 5Ltr - Car

Auto-DNA Super Snow Soap

Auto-DNA Super Snow Soap
– is a concentrated high foaming car Shampoo with excellent cleaning. This Shampoo is pH-9 when diluted, (higher alkalinity) and helps to break down dirt and traffic films. Combined with strong lubrication, and easy, residue-free rinsing, economical dilution ratio and high foaming action. Auto-DNA Super Snow Soap – contains no salt and can also be used safely in Foam lance. The Snow Soap foams exceptionally well and cling to the surface well. Super Snow Soap has a pH of 9
Suitable for: Painted Surfaces, Car and Boat Body, Glass, Plastic, Metal. Safe for Foam lance.

CARPRO Lift Snow Foam 500ml - CarPro Lift

CARPRO Lift Snow Foam

Pre-wash alkyline snow foam. CARPRO Lift is a highly concentrated pre-wash foam agent that dissolves and softens dirt and grime so it can be easily removed during the wash. Suitable for use with all foaming tools, canisters, guns, and pressure washers, CARPRO Lift produces a thick foam designed to prep the most embattled areas of the vehicle.
Use LIFT to soften bugs, baked on dirt, and more. Lift is formulated specifically to offer maximum wetting and rinses off easily as well. It is not a superficial high foaming product but has been designed as a true active surface agent. During the panel dwell period, Lift’s bubbles soak the hardened debris and allow it to release from the vehicle with ease during the wash.
Note that Carpro Lift contains the punch of an all purpose cleaner unless you heavily dilute it. It will strip waxes and some sealants from vehicles if used at a 1:10 ratio. Lift has a pH of 12

CarPro Reset Car Shampoo 1 Litre - CarPro Reset Intensive Car Shampoo

CARPRO RESET AUTO SHAMPOO

CarPro Reset was formulated as the perfect partner to nano-technology based sealants and coatings, with cleaning properties tailored to their unique needs. Utilizing Intelligent pH Surfactants, Reset breaks down road grime and traffic films with the power of an alkaline cleaner, whilst being as gentle on the surface as a pH-neutral shampoo. Afterwards Reset quickly rinses free from the surface, leaving behind no soap residues or interfering silicones, and restoring the beading and dirt releasing properties (The ‘Hydrophobic Effect’) of the surface to help maintain its protection. Combined with excellent lubrication, a strong foaming action for improved dirt suspension, and a high dilution ratio, this makes for a highly effective and economical wash. At the same time, Reset is almost entirely based upon naturally occurring, organic ingredients, making it as safe for the environment and for the user as it is for the vehicle. If dirt is hiding the beauty of your car or motorcycle, then you know that it is time for a Reset!
Features & Specifications: Developed for use with all CarPro Nanotechnology Sealants and Coatings including Reload, Hydro2, and CQuartz.* Intelligent pH Surfactants provide a strong cleaning and foaming action, whilst remaining mild and pH-Neutral (7) in use.
Derived almost entirely from natural, organic and biodegradable ingredients; free from the harsh sodium and lauryl sulfate derivatives found in many shampoo products. 400~500:1 Dilution ratio allows for economical cleaning.
Excellent gliding lubrication and a wonderful fresh scent make for a safe, and enjoyable wash experience. Reset has a pH of 7 (Neutral)

Sonax Xtreme Rich Foam Shampoo 1 Liter - Car

Sonax Xtreme Rich Foam Shampoo

Active Foam Shampoo with a powerful dirt solution and fruity Berry fragrance for the entire vehicle.
Key Benefits
✓ Forms dense ” Snow” Carpet that intensively dissolves the dirt. Foam soaks the hard dirt and softens it.
✓ Gentle on surfaces due to its pH neutral formulation.
✓ Protects wax and sealed surfaces, cleans without stripping protection.
✓ Versatile can be used with a foam lance, foam gun (pressure washer) or a Hand Foam Sprayer OR by hand as regular car shampoo.
Sonax Xtreme Rich Foam Shampoo has a pH or 7 (Neutral)

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Angelwax FASTFOAM

FASTFOAM from Angelwax is a super concentrated formulation that has been designed to create a blanket of sticky foam which covers the vehicle and clings to its surface before quickly getting to work removing dirt, traffic film and other harmful deposits safely from your vehicle. FASTFOAM has been specifically designed to give outstanding results when used through a foaming lance or chemical bottle of a pressure washer. FASTFOAM can be diluted 1 part to 9 parts with water (1:9).
Fast Foam has a pH of 7 (Neutral)

Now that you have some insight in to Snow Foams, you can choose the one that is right for you.

Written by Kathy Boase, 16 May 2021