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I have been using microfiber towels for drying up what moisture is left after wash for quite a while now ; I have a Ceramic Pro paint correction/coating over entire car so wash is very light as initial rinse carries most impurities off car followed with a light effort top to bottom hand wash with a nice micro mitt. final rinse water mostly rolls off car followed with a drying wipedown. But yesterday I pulled out 2 nice thicker 100% wool towels. They completely sucked up all remaining moisture on car with very little pressure/effort used. Very quick i might add; took a small fraction of the time it took with drying w a bunch of microfiber towels. 100%COTTON!!!! 100% COTTON way to go!
So which was it wool or cotton? ;)
 

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I tried out the IK 9 foamer from the Rag Company and was really pleased with the ease of use. Pour some water in the container and you favorite soap - pump the sprayer up and you get a nice thick layer of foam.

The Rag Company will give you 15% off your 1st order so the sprayer only cost me $85.

https://www.theragcompany.com/ik-foam-9-sprayer/
I have to say that IK foamer looks very enticing. I have been using a hose end foam gun that works pretty good but it uses a little more water than I like. If my foam gun ever broke I wouldn't hesitate to try one of the IK sprayers. Thanks .
 

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Thanks Jim, I clicked 'Thanks' for the post because there was not 'Thanks a lot!", you made me want one of these! ;)

I already have a foam cannon for the pressure washer but this will be very handy for those times when I don't want to pull it out. There have been many times when the car is simply dusty, a quick foam, light wiping with the mitt and a rinse would literally take only minutes!

Here in Canada it was easier to order one via Amazon.ca, still sold by The Rag company...
Thanks for the kind words and I hope it works out for you.

I found this video on modifying the IK 9 - it looks pretty simple so I may try it when I have time.

https://youtu.be/jRJk5qNjcKY
 

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I have to say that IK foamer looks very enticing. I have been using a hose end foam gun that works pretty good but it uses a little more water than I like. If my foam gun ever broke I wouldn't hesitate to try one of the IK sprayers. Thanks .
To cover my entire car with thick layer of foam I only used ~ 3/4 of a gallon of water.
 

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Thanks for the kind words and I hope it works out for you.

I found this video on modifying the IK 9 - it looks pretty simple so I may try it when I have time.

https://youtu.be/jRJk5qNjcKY
That does look like a good idea, I have a compressor and that would make the IK 9 even more handy!

The IK 9 is on it's way from Amazon, supposed to be here by Friday, gives me a couple of days to find a rubber valve like that.
 

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That does look like a good idea, I have a compressor and that would make the IK 9 even more handy!

The IK 9 is on it's way from Amazon, supposed to be here by Friday, gives me a couple of days to find a rubber valve like that.
Have you has a chance to try the IK 9 foamer yet ?
 

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Have you has a chance to try the IK 9 foamer yet ?
Hey Jim, yes a few times now, I have been experimenting with the soap dilution ratio and found that the recommended 34:1 produces shaving cream, wow amazing cling and this is with the medium (grey) orifice! I need to try the dry (green) orifice.

So it is actually quite frugal with the liquid, a 2 liter fill easily soaped up 2 cars, nearly 3 so that is good, the other thing I noticed over the same soap in PW foam cannon is due to the consistency of the foam there is way more surface lubrication, another benefit to this system. Also because the IK 9 is standalone I don't tie up the hose or PW for the foam application so there is less playing about to get to the mitt or rinsing.

The one thing I have noticed is that the IK 9 likes to be up to pressure, as it drops so does the consistency of the foam, it doesn't drop too fast, certainly one car can be done with one full pressure cycle but I can see now that a air fitting would be a real arm saver and much quicker too! Other than the couple of things I mentioned, I would say the IK 9 is a great addition to cleaning you ride, in fact since I started using it I have not used the PW foam cannon at all! :cheers:

The only thing I would like to investigate and perhaps you have come across this, the fan of foam is not even, the outer edges are thick and the middle of the fan is weaker, is this the dilution, the pressure or is it normal?
 

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Hey Jim, yes a few times now, I have been experimenting with the soap dilution ratio and found that the recommended 34:1 produces shaving cream, wow amazing cling and this is with the medium (grey) orifice! I need to try the dry (green) orifice.

So it is actually quite frugal with the liquid, a 2 liter fill easily soaped up 2 cars, nearly 3 so that is good, the other thing I noticed over the same soap in PW foam cannon is due to the consistency of the foam there is way more surface lubrication, another benefit to this system. Also because the IK 9 is standalone I don't tie up the hose or PW for the foam application so there is less playing about to get to the mitt or rinsing.

The one thing I have noticed is that the IK 9 likes to be up to pressure, as it drops so does the consistency of the foam, it doesn't drop too fast, certainly one car can be done with one full pressure cycle but I can see now that a air fitting would be a real arm saver and much quicker too! Other than the couple of things I mentioned, I would say the IK 9 is a great addition to cleaning you ride, in fact since I started using it I have not used the PW foam cannon at all! :cheers:

The only thing I would like to investigate and perhaps you have come across this, the fan of foam is not even, the outer edges are thick and the middle of the fan is weaker, is this the dilution, the pressure or is it normal?
Great review and great info.

I found the same things you did, it IK 9 does need to be kept up to pressure to produce thick consistent foam and the that the outer edges produce a thicker foam - to address this issue I just use an over lapping spray pattern.

I’m also in agreement that its so much easier to use that a PW, so very convenient.
 

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Have you checked the site by Chemical Guys? They offer a wide range of products for the interior and exterior of the car.

Some of the auto parts places now stock these products.
 

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Have you checked the site by Chemical Guys? They offer a wide range of products for the interior and exterior of the car.

Some of the auto parts places now stock these products.

Yes, in fact all of the "foam" soaps I currently use are from the Chemical Guys, I use a lot of Meguiars and Griots product as well but I can get the best deals on CG through Amazon.
 
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