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#4516378 - 09/14/17 06:30 PM best way to wash with pressure washer
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Registered: 10/31/14
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I like to go back to using the pressure washer to wash vehicles. Mine is like 2800 psi. and saw that is too much. So I an considering getting a reducer for it. Any idea which one I should get? What about a foam cannon? Any other advise?
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#4516381 - 09/14/17 06:34 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 05/20/12
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Loc: Georgia
Use a wider fan tip?

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#4516400 - 09/14/17 06:49 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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its only 2800psi with the needle tip, if you use a fan tip it should be 1400-1600psi or less.

This is a pretty good application for an electric pressure washer but gas can be fine with a little care.
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#4516403 - 09/14/17 06:53 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: AVB]
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I got a gas one year for Christmas and really don't want to buy another one. I like to make do with what I have.
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#4516404 - 09/14/17 06:54 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Be careful with the higher pressure and shoot an area out of the way first. One time decided to use the plant's ash house power washer on my 1979 Caddy DeVille. Before I realized it, I had burned in a couple of "S" patterns on the hood where the exterior coat of paint used to be. Sheesh.
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#4516430 - 09/14/17 07:20 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Don't.

Stick your hand under the nozzle and see how you like it.

Great for concrete and other things, but not cars.



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#4516482 - 09/14/17 08:08 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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#4516499 - 09/14/17 08:23 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: user52165]
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Originally Posted By: user52165
Don't.

Stick your hand under the nozzle and see how you like it.

Great for concrete and other things, but not cars.



A hand is not a car.

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#4516504 - 09/14/17 08:26 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 02/15/03
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Many small electric pressure washers simply don't have the power to hurt a car's finish. Just avoid getting too close.

Pressure washing removes heavy dirt without scratching. A great way to clean many parts of modern vehicles without using too much water.

Using a small electric pressure washer is doing much the same thing the touchless carwashes do.
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#4516516 - 09/14/17 08:36 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
leje0306 Offline


Registered: 08/28/16
Posts: 59
Loc: Minnesota
I have been using 2800 psi pressure washers for four years. The only issue I had is it getting under the paint where there was a rock chip on the front bumper. Other than that, it cleans better and prevents swirls from trapping dirt when you wash.

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#4516648 - 09/14/17 11:20 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 11/05/11
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Loc: MTL, CANADA
Just stand back further from your car and use fan tip. I dont see the problem.
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#4516823 - 09/15/17 08:15 AM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: Boston, MA
as mentioned I would use a fan tip and invest in a foamer. It is essentially an attachment that has a small container and a tip that will cover your car in car wash foam. Does a great job if you slather it and let it sit then give it a quick blast.

Pressure washers in general are fine if used properly. Lots of places use they for cleaning cars on the dealerships and fleet services. The key is to not get so close and use a low tip.
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#4516825 - 09/15/17 08:20 AM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 12/13/02
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Loc: North Carolina
Touch less car-washes are basically pressure washers. Just have to be careful.
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#4517371 - 09/15/17 08:15 PM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
NH73 Offline


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Is a foamer a foam cannon? What is a fan tip?
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#4517591 - 09/16/17 05:49 AM Re: best way to wash with pressure washer [Re: NH73]
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Registered: 07/03/05
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I use my 11 hp Honda pressure washer from time to time to wash my vehicles and never had a problem. It can put out a lot more than 2800 psi too. I just throttle it back and not get too close with it. It works just fine.
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