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The citrus-infused, foaming pre-cleaning essential that’s designed to linger on surfaces for longer, Avalanche Snow Foam is one of the most effective detailing must-haves for the ultimate swirl-free wash.
Capable of removing traffic films and breaking down, loosening and lifting grit and grime, this aqueous cleaning agent encapsulates sharp particles safely into the foam and away from surfaces, allowing these potentially damaging – and often stuck-on - contaminants to be rinsed away without inflicting swirl marks or other defects. This makes using snow foam an essential part of the pre-wash process, one of the most vital stages in detailing where the heaviest, gritty particulate grime is removed without making any contact with the vehicle. Avalanche also works its way into awkward panel gaps and shuts to effectively pre-clean the unseen areas, too.
Sharp particles and heavy contamination can easily cause abrasion and inflict defects when dragged around on paintwork or gloss plastics with your wash mitt. So, for the safest wash possible, these contaminants must be removed prior to your 2-bucket contact wash. This means that following an effective pre-wash routine is crucial both on regular maintenance washes, and to limit the amount of polishing and correction needed during more in-depth details.
Avalanche can be utilised as a first stage pre-wash product, or immediately after using a pre-cleaner like Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or Dynamite Traffic Film Remover on the heaviest soiling, in which case this product is safe to agitate into more awkward areas such as window rubbers, emblems and grilles with a soft Detailing Brush. Here the agitation isn’t to scrub away contaminants, it’s merely to ensure that the solution is worked into all areas, and that any spent product (snow foam already encapsulating particulates) is moved away allowing it to be replenished with fresh solution to work on any remaining contamination. Avalanche lingers to attack grime for the maximum possible dwell time and uses a specially-developed combination of cleaning agents and advanced surfactants to pull contamination off of surfaces on a molecular level. These surfactants are classed as ‘polar’ molecules that are both hydrophobic and hydrophilic. This means that they are attracted to water at one end and repel water (and more importantly attract grime particles) at the other. Using this mechanism, they are able to latch onto, lift and surround dirt particles, pulling them from surfaces and suspending them in the foam. Once safely extracted, this grime can then be quickly rinsed away. Learn more on the science of surfactants in our article - All Car Cleaning Products Explained.
Safe for use on all exterior surfaces, including paintwork, vinyl wraps, glass, plastics, rubber and glass, despite being tough on grime Avalanche will not strip or degrade protection layers, and this wax, sealant and coating-friendly attribute make our snow foam the ideal cleaning solution for use on every single detail. Take a look at our ultimate guide - How To Use Snow Foam to discover more on how snow foam is essential to ensure a swirl-free wash.
For the ultimate in application, Avalanche Snow Foam should be used in conjunction with our Snow Foam Lance. This professional-quality accessory exceeds the industry standard and utilises a serviceable metal gauze to effectively activate the cleaning agents and whip up the solution to a thick, lingering foam. Our Foam Lance is also available to fit a large selection of home or industrial pressure washers and is an accessory that no serious detailer should ever be without. For more on this essential detailing tool see our guide – How To Set Up And Maintain Your Foam Lance.
Avalanche Snow Foam is also available in 500ml, 2.5-Litre and 5-Litre bottles, along with special editions including 1-Litre and 5-Litre Avalanche Bubblegum Snow Foam, and 1-Litre Avalanche Watermelon Snow Foam. The entire Avalanche range can be found here.
- Creates a thick foam to linger on surfaces for the maximum possible dwell time.
- Citrus-infused formula to cleanse paintwork of road contaminants.
- Loosens dirt and road grime safely.
- Wax, sealant and coating friendly and suitable for regular use.
- Economical 1-Litre bottle.
First rinse down vehicle using your pressure washer, being sure to thoroughly flush out any shuts or panel gaps. This will ensure that your Avalanche Snow Foam gets to work where it’s most needed – the stuck-on grime as opposed to loose soiling that can be easily removed first. Avalanche can be used here as a first-stage pre-wash cleaner, but for best results on the heaviest soiling, utilise a pre-wash cleaner, such as Citrus Power Bug & Grime Remover or a suitable dilution of Dynamite Traffic Film Remover. After rinsing, proceed directly to using Avalanche.
Add approximately 1-2 inches of Avalanche solution to your 1-Litre Foam Lance Bottle and top up with water, either from a tap or by submerging the bottle in a bucket of clean water. Screw your bottle to the Foam Lance body, and firmly attach the lance to your pressure washer.
Apply to the whole vehicle from the top to the bottom. Avalanche is designed for every surface including wheels and glass, and the thick foam will dwell on surfaces regardless of the application route. We recommend application from top to bottom (as opposed to bottom to top) to avoid pushing any of the heavier soiling usually found on lower areas upwards to cleaner areas. The objective is always to get the grime away from the vehicle and onto the floor.
Leave the product to dwell for the maximum possible time while it gets to work breaking down, lifting and encapsulating grime. However do not allow the product to dry on the vehicle, this is the reason we do not recommend application on hot vehicles or those in direct sunlight – it will shorten the dwell time and effectiveness of the product. A top tip is to ensure that your vehicle is cool to the touch, and to keep an eye on the glass after applying Avalanche Snow Foam as this will dry out first. As it starts to dry, the maximum dwell time is reached and you can begin rinsing. During the dwelling process Avalanche is safe to agitate with a soft Detailing Brush into awkward areas such as grilles, emblems, lights, window rubbers and weatherstrips.
Rinse the vehicle thoroughly from top to bottom with your pressure washer. Ensure that all traces of snow foam is removed and be sure to flush any foam from panel gaps, shuts and door mirrors. After rinsing the grime suspended in the Avalanche it is safe to proceed to your two-bucket contact wash.
How much Avalanche do I need to use?
Avalanche Snow Foam is a highly concentrated pre-cleaner, and an aqueous agent designed to be combined with water to dilute and activate the cleaning agents and other surfactants it contains. Surfactants are polar molecules that require water to clean effectively and, as well as pre-diluting the thick solution in the Foam Lance bottle, it’s also diluted as it’s drawn through the lance, passing thorough the special gauze to whip it up into the thick foam that lingers and cleanses your vehicle of contaminants. We recommend dispensing around 1-2 inches of Avalanche concentrate into your Foam Lance Bottle, before topping up with fresh water, and this equates to around 100-200ml of product. It also means that a single 1-litre bottle is enough for between 5 and 10 full pre-washes.
Is Avalanche suitable for use on a protected vechile?
Yes. Avalanche is suitable for use on any ceramic coating, along with vehicles protected with previously-applied wax or sealant layers. In fact, Avalanche will not degrade any protection layers at all, and it’s these non-stripping characteristics and gentle nature of the cleaning agents and surfactants used in this formula that makes this product ideal for use on any detail, including regular maintenance washes.
What's the difference between Lavish Ceramic Foam and Avalanche Snow Foam are they both for the pre-wash stage?
No. Lavish Ceramic Foam is not designed to clean surfaces and shouldn’t be confused with a traditional snow foam. Avalanche Snow Foam is designed for purging heavy soiling during the pre-wash stage to prevent the infliction of paint defects and swirl marks. For this reason it contains surfactants and degreasers capable of breaking down, lifting and encapsulating grit and grime, allowing these harmful contaminants to be safely rinsed away without contact with a wash mitt. Lavish is purely designed to add Si02 protection, and only once the vehicle is already clean, so it doesn’t contain surfactants or cleaning agents. It comes in the form of a ceramic foam to enable quick and easy application via your Foam Lance and (like Avalanche) will work its way into all the panel gaps to contact, and in in this case add protection to, the unseen areas. Unlike a snow foam though, Lavish should be used immediately after the cleaning process, while vehicle is still wet, and the ceramic foam should be rinsed away immediately after application, and never left to dwell.
Should I apply Avalanche from the bottom upwards?
You can, but we don’t recommend it. The idea of the pre-wash stage is to get grit and grime off the vehicle and safely on the floor. When applying snow foams from the bottom upwards you risk pushing soiling from more contaminated areas, up higher to cleaner areas. The lower areas on a vehicle are typically the most contaminated so it makes sense to work from the top down to avoid the chance of inflicting defects unnecessary. Don’t worry about Avalanche lingering on dirtier areas for as long as possible, the thick foam it creates will do that regardless. For more on the correct way to use Avalanche you can check out our article – How To Use Snow Foam.
What cleaning and polishing products are best to use with a ceramic coating?
The great thing about silica-based (Si02) ceramic coatings is that they’re specifically developed to help your vehicle look better for longer. The hardy protection layer they install is essentially chemically bonded silicon dioxide, which is like glass, so it smooths the surfaces enough to prevent water molecules and grime from bonding. Regardless of application to paint, glass, vinyl or any other exterior surface, this is why they bead to the extreme and offer the longest lasting protection of any product. What’s most important here is that grime will sit on top of the ceramic layer rather than sticking, and this makes cleaning easier. But it’s still important to carry out safe maintenance to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the coating and the paintwork, causing the infliction of defects. Using coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may etch into the top layer. It’s the same story for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash. Lather Car Shampoo is a great choice as it will never damage previously-applied coatings, but alternatively you can use Wash 'N' Gloss Car Shampoo or our Caramics Enhancing Shampoo to actively top-up and prolong the life and performance of your Si02 coating as you wash paintwork, glass and all other exterior surfaces. Other products that are great for topping up during routine maintenance include Aqua Coat Hydrophobic Rinse Aid, Lavish Ceramic Foam, Caramics Gloss Enhancer, Caramics Glass Cleaner and Ceramic Spray Wax. When it comes to paint correction, all you have to remember is that Si02 coatings have to be allowed to chemically bond to the topcoat or lacquer layer, so it’s crucial to use a compound or a polish that doesn’t contain any waxes or fillers, because these extra layers will block the chemical bonding process. For paint correction, polishing and refinement before adding a coating, we’d recommend using products that only reveal a true finish, such as One Step All-in-One Compound, or our Revitalise System V2 Compounds (which are also available separately). Don’t forget that Si02 coatings are extremely durable and can only be fully removed through abrasion, this means that polishing your vehicle using any abrasive after applying a ceramic coating will remove the Si02 layer, meaning that reapplication of protection will be required after you polish. For more on how to prepare a car for a ceramic coating, see our guide – Detailing and Ceramic Coating a New Car.
How do I look after my wax when I wash my car?
It’s important to look after any previously-applied wax layers as much as possible during routine maintenance, and the same rules apply as for looking after paint, lacquer and other sensitive exterior surfaces on any other detail. Wax protection is simply a top layer that’s impermeable to water molecules and it protects paintwork by installing a physical barrier, and by stopping grime (and water) from sticking, this in turn always makes maintenance washing easier. However, it doesn’t mean that the wax (and the paintwork underneath) can’t be damaged through improper wash techniques. Carrying out safe maintenance, including a thorough pre-wash, is crucial to stop heavy grit and grime from being rubbed in and abrading the wax or the paintwork, essentially stripping your wax and inflicting defects in the paint. Using wax, sealant and coating-friendly pre-wash products, such as Citrus Power Bug and Grime Remover and Avalanche Snow Foam will also help to prevent damage to coatings because they don’t contain harsh acidic or alkaline cleaning agents that may strip protection. As for the shampoo you use in your two-bucket wash? Well, that’s crucial, too. Our pH neutral Lather Car Shampoo is the ideal choice here, as it will never damage any previously-applied coatings, regardless of if they’re waxes, sealants or ceramic coatings. At this point of course, you can simply leave the vehicle, or choose to top up your protection for extra durability and shine. You can use your original hard wax or, for the ultimate in speedy details, utilise Radiance Carnauba Crème, or Glisten Spray Wax. Do not use abrasive products during maintenance, though, as these will remove the entire protection layer, requiring reapplication of your wax.
Does Avalanche have to be applied using a snow foam lance?
For the best, professional results, yes. Dedicated snow foam lances - just like our own Foam Lance - should not be confused with syphon-based detergent dispensers which are commonly supplied with home-use pressure washers. Snow foam lances are an industry-standard detailing tool designed specifically to whip up the solution into a foam, activating the cleaning agents and mixing them with more water to enable proper application. They do this by dragging the mix through a special metal gauze before exiting the body of the lance. This is the only way to get a useable snow foam that will be effective for even coverage, and not simply waste the concentrate in the container.