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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #30 : May 10, 2018, 03:00:30 »
Well I unboxed mine yesterday (5L Optimum & IK-9 sprayer) but it'll be a while before I can try it all out. I was hoping the foaming session would spare me having to use a bucket, but the included "wash mitt" suggests it's more of a pre-wash system.
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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #31 : May 10, 2018, 03:45:42 »
Steve, all foam jobs are prewash, by removing most of the dirt and loosening up more stubborn matter it's then easier to remove remaining dirt in the next stage with light washing and less chance of scratching/marring the surface.

If your car is completely covered in dirt and mud then pressure hose of as much as possible first then use the foam lance ( if not so dirty start with foam lance), after several minutes then rinse and use the same Optimum wash at 20ml in 5ltrs of water for a light sponge over - rinse and dry.

Better drying results can be had by sheeting the water off the car then spray the whole vehicle with Optimum detailer gloss enhancer or similar prior to drying to use as a drying aid with microfibre drying towels.


A little video explaining sheeting


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« Reply #32 : May 10, 2018, 05:15:12 »
Thanks Craig, I'll bear all that in mind :victory:

Can't run the video just yet - stuff like that isn't available here at work :eek:
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« Reply #33 : May 13, 2018, 14:27:45 »
Well I used my new lance & Optimum Car Shampoo.

I think I may have to review my mixture ratio. I used 40ml in the 5L sprayer and inverted the canister 3 or 4 times to get a good mix.

Maybe I need to use more than 40ml? Maybe I need to use warm water?

Whatever, it made not the slightest difference to the light dirt and few bugs stuck to my paintwork. It was as if I hadn't foamed it at all :rolleyes:

I used the black foam line that came installed within it - maybe the green or orange may be more suitable.

These pics are the "after". The "before" looked just the same...







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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #34 : May 13, 2018, 15:50:50 »
Someone didnít read their instructions  :whistler: :D

The orange line is for cars Steve, gives a nice wet foam that will slowly run down the panels taking a lot of the dirt with it, it wonít remove more stubborn matter but does loosen it up so itís easily removed with the bucket wash.

40mls is more than enough in 5ltrs of water which should cover the car like snow, try to swirl the shampoo to mix in the container as inverting it will likely cause it to foam up in the container and thatíll deplete the available space for air pressure.

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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #35 : May 13, 2018, 15:55:16 »
Funnily enough, my instructions don't even mention the 3 different foamer lines :( (unless I've missed it)

I'll try again soon with the orange line.

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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #36 : May 13, 2018, 16:02:16 »
Open the back folded page and top right  under EN youíll see the explanation of the different mixers :)

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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #37 : May 13, 2018, 16:05:50 »
Make sure to pump it right up till you hear the air release valve whistle.

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« Reply #38 : May 13, 2018, 16:13:00 »
Make sure to pump it right up till you hear the air release valve whistle.

Yeah I did. My right arm now resembles Popeye's :eek:



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Open the back folded page...

Well there ya go. I have no such page :(
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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #39 : May 13, 2018, 16:19:49 »
Then are you missing the parts list too :undecided: mixers are on the reverse side of parts list.

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« Reply #40 : May 13, 2018, 16:21:58 »
I'll download the booklet, thanks Craig.
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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #41 : May 13, 2018, 16:24:30 »
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Re: IK 9 Foam Lance
« Reply #42 : May 13, 2018, 18:33:53 »

Yeah I did. My right arm now resembles Popeye's :eek:


I've had that problem since I was a teenager, you get used to it :)
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