Salt free wash
We like to start the wash with something fun and easy, with the Snow Job foam and Snow Blow Cannon hooked up to a pressure washer to put a lovely thick layer of foam over the ski. This foam does a stellar job at breaking down all the salt and fresh water mark build up from the surfaces on and around the ski.
Using it is simple; although we do change a few things compared to how we would use it on a vehicle. Start as per the product directions by mixing 100ml of Snow Job with 900ml of water in the cannon bottle, then screw the bottle to the cannon, before hooking it up to your pressure washer with the right adapter. Starting from one side at the front of the ski, spray the foam all over the ski and trailer from top to bottom, working your way slowly around it. We also like to turn the cannons front nozzle to a jet and spray the foam up into the rear trailer holes to flush out any salt, as they usually get a dunking in the water when loading and unloading the ski. Now leave it to sit for about 4 to 5 minutes and it will slowly emulsify the salt build up.
The ski's manufacturers all make mention that they don't like pressure washers being used on them, as excess water pressure can go past the seals on many of the parts, as well as if the lance is held too close to some of the more delicate surfaces, it can damage them. This is not an issue with the Snow Blow Cannon as it's a low pressure device, but issues could surface if you use the lance attachment to rinse it off. So in the interests of safety, we rinse it down with a spray hose attachment. This works well, as unlike a road going vehicle, you don't need the lances strong water pressure as there should be no heavier dust and grime to shift. The only time this is different is if you drive the ski home on a wet road and get road grime. Here you can use the pressure washer on the lower hull area, keeping the lance 30 to 50cm distance away from the surface, especially around the rear jet area. Don't ever use it on any electrical switches or gauges, just run a spray hose over these areas.
If you have been in salt water, it's a good time to take the seat off and water the engine bay area down with the spray hose, as per the manufacturer's instructions, which again will help prevent corrosion on exposed metal parts. Be sure to open the bungs in the hull to allow the water to come out as well.
If you don't have a pressure washer, you can give a one bucket hand wash, so keep reading on.