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Old 02-12-2014, 07:09 AM
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Hey guys I just got a nice 13 1500 and in black so I'll be washing it ALOT.
I was thinking about picking up a electric power washer 1800 max psi and using the fan attachment on it.
I thought if I prerinsed all the major dirt of it'd be OK.
A buddy of mine said no, it's a bad idea. He said paint will come off if there's any weak spots and I'll destroy the clear coat. He said it would be like sand blasting it.
Is this the truth? Don't all car washes use powered water sprayers?
What's the best way to keep my paint mint?
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I personally would avoid power washing a vehicle. For all the reasons that your buddy stated.

I think the best way to keep paint looking mint is to hand wash it frequently, and ensure that there is a good coat of a quality wax on as well. Also make an attempt to avoid any situations where you may get dinged, clipped, or otherwise hit. With black paint, there is also a real good possibility of getting swirl marks if you're not careful.

Always ensure any sponges, clothes, etc are clean and free of anything that mar the finish on your truck.

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I know that you are in the U.S.A. so do not go by the prices I am putting up here, but do check into your local pricing.

If you are going to buy a power washer I would strongly suggest you get a gas model; for portability and higher maximum PSI. The cost differential is not really that much as you can see in my links, however I cannot speak for the U.S.A.

As for pressure, most washers come with two to four different nozzles that allow you to regulate the PSI, to a point. The one link shows an adjustable nozzle as opposed to different nozzles.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/br...l#.Uvte-Pslfds

http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/ka...l#.Uvte__slfds

U.S.A. Supplier - http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=power+washers

Another thing to keep in mind is being able to repair the unit. Most of the electric units do not allow a simple swap of the hoses, pressure guns, etc. They are quite proprietary in their fittings. Gas pressure washers do tend to allow you to swap out hoses, guns etc to better quality parts.

As for the actual use of a power washer it would depend on your environment and vehicle use. Even though I tend to agree with your friend and the other poster there are times when you would need a power washer (you can use the pressure washers at a self-serve). There are areas of the vehicle you just cannot get at with a sponge and the ordinary garden hose might just not have the required pressure, this is the under body area, behind the bumpers, wheel wells, etc.
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Sandblast the paint off? I don't think so. I've been using my own personal power washer for years and use the hand wands at the car wash all the time.

Can they be hard on the paint? Yes if you hold them 2 inches from the paint. I own a gas powered one that has pretty good pressure and it has different tips for it. If I put the pencil tip on it and hold it an inch from the paint, it would certainly be hard on it. On the other hand, if I put a fan tip on it and keep it 16 inches or more from the paint, no problems.

I agree, get a gas powered one if you can afford it.
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It won't be hard on the paint if you're far enough away from it. Especially with the fan attachment water loses velocity pretty quick. I always handwash my baby FWIW.
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I'm with the other guys. I have a nice little electric one with the pencil and fan tips. It works great for washing cars, no different than the car washes. Just don't hold it 2 inches away from the paint.
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ya thanks but no gas powered... in need quick, simple, cheap, lower psi.
I would think the lower psi electric PW is good to use after the dirt is previously washed off. I'm getting a 50/50 answer. I'm still unsure.
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I'm more likely to wash the paint off from washing it so much, am I the only one with a truck washing addiction? Joking aside as the previous posts state should be good to go with power washing as long as care is taken. I use a power washer all the time when washing, however I don't always hand wash with soap usually a quick rinse off. If I do hand wash with soap I make sure to use a good quality shammy to dry following the contours of the body, never "wax on wax off Danialson" motions. The best thing imo to use for safely scrubbing bugs off clear coat, is to use woman's hosiery (they don't have to be sexy and I would strongly advise to check which one you can have before stealing your wife's good ones). The material is soft on the paint but abrasive enough to remove the bugs and debris. I usually do a wax once or twice a month, did I mention my washing addiction
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Power washers shouldn't hurt it if you don't hold the wand within 6 inches or less. But my own experience is, power washers don't remove real dirt... You must rinse the truck, then use soft sponges/rags with soap to get rid of real dirt. You can then use the power washer to rinse the truck.... or use a simple garden hose.
But the real value of a power washer is beneath fenders, body panels, wheel wells, etc.
Power washers may advertise 2,000 or 2500 or 3000 psi.... but that's largely B.S. The REAL measure of a good power washer is the gallons per minute at X-amount of psi. Unless lots of gallons are distributed at specified pressure...then no actual WORK will be performed.
My experience tells me that unless a power washer delivers at least 2.5 gpm at 2500 psi... then not much can be expected of the machine. Of course, more is better.
Also, take note: The pressure is developed at the nozzle. Therefore soap or detergent cannot be delivered under high pressure in most models. Low pressure is used to distribute the soap.... then hand power is used to dislodge serious dirt, etc., ... then the high pressure is used to power away the soapy residue.
Forget about using the machine to deliver wax to the vehicle. Good wax (carnuba) can only be applied by hand.

Bummer about the black paint. That's gonna be a real headache.
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in my opinion you don't need a power washer for regular car wash maintenance.

look up the two bucket method. that is where you should spend your money. there will even be enough left over for beer!
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