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Pressure washer safe for paint on l?c or any car?

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by 92FJ, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. 92FJ

    92FJ

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    I just bought a New electric Pressure Washer with 1400 PSI max power. I would like to know if this much can damage a cars paint or like strip it off or fade it down? I have been doing some light Off-roading laterly and am sick and tired of scrapping the mud off of the undercarriage and body by hand that has been backed by the sun. Any input'?
     
  2. TX_TLC

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    I would get a tip for the wand designed for washing cars.
     
  3. e9999

    e9999 You want to do what...? Moderator

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    used one once, it just did away with some plastic tape striping I had on that vehicle. Was a more powerful gas one though.
    All the same I'd go real careful the first time.
     
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    I would not use a pressure washer on a car because it forces water into places it would never normally go. If you have a paint chip on your hood, or a bubble, you'd be asking for trouble. Also, you can push dirt and crap into your seals and bearings when spraying under the truck - not a good idea. I would use a good ol bucket of suds and hose.
     
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    I sure wouldn't trust using one on a vehicle unless it was just on the bottom side. On my old Mazda I stripped off paint from some of the plastic parts just with a regular coin carwash wand. It looks to me like my gas pressure washer puts out way more than one of those.
     
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    I use the car wash pressure wash wand, but I stand waaaaaaay back. Still get a lot of water flow, but not nearly the pressure.
     
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    Just play around with the nozzle selection..choose the one that is the least amount and go from there...the gas one i have, its stripped the wood on my deck when power washing the deck.
     
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    Our belt driven pressure washer (w/ honda gas motor) will etch concrete with the right nozzle.
     
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    I have a 3200 psi gas one and I use it to spray my truck but I use a 65 degree nozzle. Plus I stand pretty far back but have had no problems with my paint.