No matter how good the paint job is on your car, dirt and grime will accumulate on its body leaving it with a dull look. Ordinary soap may not be effective to restore that shine your car once had when you first painted it. That’s where foam cannons come in.
If you are new to the world of car washing or have encountered this car dripping with foam then the answer is foam soap. A device called foam cannon is used to stream foam through a pressure washer. The thick foam works on the grime on the car surface and allows you to wash the car without incurring scratches or swirls. When it comes to rinsing the car, you will be amazed at how clean it looks.
If you have visited an auto shop and are confused about the kind of foam soap to use for your car, this guide categorizes some of the best foam soaps for trucks.
lets get started with the list of best foam soaps for your truck
Chemical Guys Snow Foam
- Snow foam eliminates dirt, grime and environmental contaminants with massive amounts of dirt...
- Safe on all vehicle surfaces including paint, rubber, vinyl, glass and plastics. Works on all type...
- Concentrated cleaning power dilute with one cap to five gallons of water to produce billions of...
Firstly, the soap gives you the option of choosing from a watermelon or honeydew scent. The innovative chemical design allows the closely foaming bubbles to deliver super cleaning abilities. You can either use it with for bucket wash or a foam gun. This helps it deliver thick foam that works on all the grime and dirt hence leaving your car super clean.
Due to the delicate nature of your car paint surface, the foam will work to lift the abrasive contaminants. Dirt causes friction on the car’s surface and this leads to scratches. Chemical guys honeydew is a hyper-foam emulsion that will get even the toughest stains from your car.
To dilute the foam soap you will need to mix one capful with around 5 gallons of water. Chemical guys snow foam is hyper concentrate and this means you can adjust the concentrate if you want more foam.
The best part about chemical guys foam soap is that it has a really sweet scent. Chemical guys foam contains some special active softeners that will work on your hard water –dissolving calcium hence making it easy to clean your car.
You can use the snow foam on almost all car surfaces – vinyl, boats, plastics, and glass. Besides, trucks and small cars you can use the solution on jet skis, boats, and RVs. The fact that the product is capable of producing up to a million bubbles means you can use very little of it on large surfaces, this makes it very economical. Chemical guy is available in 4, 16, 64, or 128 oz. containers.
- Hyper-concentrate gives you value for money
- Active softeners to break calcium on water
- Millions of active molecules work on the car surface to remove dirt
- Great scent
Meguiar’s G7101FFP Gold Class
- ONLY ONE STEP: Designed to both clean and condition your car in one easy step
- ADVANCED FORMULA: Cleans without stripping wax protection
- THE BEST CLEAN: Foams away tough dirt, road grime and contaminants
Meguiar is a well known cleaning car brand. It produces some high quality polishes and waxes. The Gold class foam soap is no different. To start cleaning you will need 4 cups of the solution with a gallon of water. Once you mix it you are going to see some awesome suds. The solution is highly concentrate and a small cup goes a long way.
When properly mixed the solution has a sweet smell like that you have with bathing soaps. You can use the solution with the standard way or use a foam cannon. The later works well for your trucks which have larger surface areas. The dilution formula is 1:5.
One of the things we liked with the Meguiar is that it does not harm your car waxes. The solution has active ingredients that work on hard to remove grime leaving your car super clean. Due to the addition of conditioners the solution will boost your paint gloss. The active detergents in the Meguiar’s gold class are bio degradable hence you do not have to worry about them causing any harm to the environment.
- You can use it for both bucket and foam cannon
- Washes in one-step
- Contains bio degradable detergents
- Active conditioners to improve your paint gloss
Adam’s Polishes Ultra Foam Shampoo
- CREATES A HUGE AMOUNT OF THICK, LUBRICATING FOAM FOR FOAM CANNONS! Adam's Ultra Foam Shampoo is...
- SAFELY REMOVES DIRT, POLLEN, SOOT, AND OTHER CONTAMINANTS! Using a blend of advanced cleaners and...
- DOES NOT REMOVE WAX OR SEALANTS, OR DRY OUT PLASTIC AND RUBBER! Adam's Ultra Shampoo combined with...
When it comes to car polishes and waxes, Adam’s is at the top of the pyramid. It produces some high quality products that are bound to ensure that your car is super clean while protecting your paint. The concentration on this foam shampoo is very thick and this means you have lots of foam to work around with.
The best part about the product is how it protects your car parts. It will remove brake dust while a set of polymers and advanced cleaners will keep dirt at bay. The polymer based chemicals will also protect your paint and offer a thin layer of protection. The product comes with a neutral PH that is safe for all your paint work.
Adam’s ultra-foam is suitable for your foam gun and it produces really thick studs. It cutting edge chemicals ensure you have a superior cleaning experience while using just a little quantity to produce superior results. The foam shampoo does not dry out your rubber/plastic and you do not have to worry about it eliminating your car sealants or wax.
Once you have applied the solution the next part is rinsing with cold water. Here it does not leave any streaks. Due to its advanced chemical composition you can wash your car in direct sunlight and it will suspend any unwanted chemicals present in water. The product comes in a I gallon container and is 100% made in the USA.
- Produces a really thick foam
- Offers up to 4 times the concentration of other foam shampoos
- Advanced set of polymers and cleaners help remove tough dirt
- Will not interact with your plastic or rubber
TriNova Gold Standard Soap and Conditioner
- EFFECTIVE - Our premium automobile shampoo will cut through dirt, grime, grease, grit, and more to...
- VALUE - Not only is the liquid a concentrated formula that will provide dozens of washes, we have...
- SAFE - The optimum solution for cleaning and conditioning without damaging wheels, rims, tires,...
The first benefit of getting yourself the TriNova Gold standard soap is you get value for money due to the large container. It will work on your greasy car surfaces leaving it with a glossy feel. You get the TriNova in a one-gallon container or 16 oz. bottle. Also included in the package is a free scratch free mitt that you can use during cleaning.
The solution is made in the USA and uses friendly compounds that do not harm your glass, rubber, or trim. It also won’t react with cars that have being waxed with carnuba. You can use the TriNova for both bucket washes and foam gun. Its neutral PH balance means you can use it on a variety of paints without leaving your car with a dull look. While the TriNova is one of the most affordable addition to the soap for trucks it does not produce thick studs like the rest.
- Safe for most of your car parts due to its neutral PH
- You can use it for bucket wash and soap guns
- Leaves a nice glossy shine
- Easy to dilute
McKee’s 37 Xtreme Foam
- This high yield foaming auto shampoo bursts into mounds of suds when introduced to water and...
- The bubbles work to encapsulate oily residue and dirt even before your mitt touches the paint
- This rich foam - combined with our own advanced cleaning agent- leaves your vehicle looking and...
This is a solution that has the capacity to produce really thick studs while helping remove all the dirt and grime from your car. You can use it for your bucket washes or foam studs. When it comes to rinsing you will be impressed that it does not leave any water spots. It will protect your existing paint while leaving a glossy finish.
McKee’s solution is highly concentrated meaning you use a little to achieve much. It comes in either a 16 or 128 oz. bottle. What we liked most about the solution is that it has active agents that help remove dirt leaving your car super clean. The specially formulated solution creates powerful studs the moment it is introduced to water. It will also encapsulate any remaining oil residue on your car.
- Its active agents produce a thick foam
- Can be used for both bucket washes and foam gun
- Leaves your car water spot free
- Highly concentrated formula
Buying Guide – Factors to consider when choosing foam soap
If you have a large surface area to work on like a truck you may want to try out the foam soap, cannon and a pressure washer. The foam soap is disintegrated into millions of studs that deliver superior cleaning properties against grime and dirt. Using regular soap means you are going to be working all day but with little to show for it.
Most of the containers in the market allow you to use a small capful of the solution with gallons of water. This offers you great value for money as you can increase the concentrate if you want to see more studs. Foam soap is recommended for truck wash as it protects your paint while leaving it with a glossy look.
The PH level is often indicated in the foam soap container. The truck paint is sensitive to various chemical compounds and can react with them causing it to peel or have a dull look. PH numbers start from 0 (denotes acidity) to 14 (alkalinity). Soap foam solutions have a PH of 7 which is considered neutral. This makes it ideal for any washing work you may have while protecting your existing paint work from harm.
You do not only need a clean car but a good smelling one. Most of the soap foams in the market will come with some outstanding scents to improve your car smell. You may think this is not important but it has a positive effect on those around you. The car not only looks clean but smells great.
Not all the foam soaps are the same. They are those you can use with bucket wash and foam cannon while some allow you to use in only one of the cleaning methods. If you are looking for a foam solution that will produce thick studs then be prepared to pay higher. Having a versatile product that can be used in multiple ways helps you save money. The dilution of the solution will depend on the container but most of the foam soaps are highly concentrate meaning you just need to use a small capful of the solution with a large amount of water. Some of the solutions will come with active conditioners that protect your paint while leaving them with a nice polished look.
Products that suits your paint
When purchasing a foam soap it is paramount that you consider the existing paint job on your car. There are some soaps that have active chemicals that can work negatively on your car paint leaving scratches and whirls. You will need to check the product specifications for the soap foam to know what is permissible or not. Matte paint jobs may require something different from what is popular in the market.
You also need to consider whether the product you are buying will not harm the environment. Some of the chemicals used in some products are very toxic may destroy the existing eco-system. Go for water-based products and those that do not have aggressive detergents. Also, check the additions that come with the product. Some will come with sponges to help you in cleaning while others offer branded clothes for washing. Go for those that support a whole line of accessories. This saves you money.
Selecting the right soap foam for trucks will make all the difference in the kind of studs that you get. It is time consuming and tiring cleaning out a truck using a bucker and water. It is not only inefficient but the dirt on the trucks surfaces grinds on your paint causing scratches. Foam cannons are ideal in cleaning large vehicles like trucks. For one, they use pressure washers that deliver high thick studs that help in removing dirt.
Once the foam covers the truck surface it helps in breaking out dirt hence making it easy to wash. You should know the difference between the foam gun and cannon. The first is simple device that does not use pressure washers. The foam produces by the gun is less thicker than the cannon. If you are knew to foam cannons you can start with a foam gun before upgrading to a foam cannon.
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