Pressure Washing Your Car Or Truck Without Causing Damage

If Saturdays and Sundays are bothering you with some monotonous car or truck washing…..then we have a great news for you!!

Turn your boring hours of work into an enjoyable experience. You will also find that the job is done in half the time than before.

In comparison to your standard garden hose the pressure washers’ work with immense power + efficiency.

For example: Where a garden hose works with 40 PSI at 7 GPM, the pressure washer works around 1,500 PSI at 1.5 GPM. This makes a power washer at least 40% more efficient than the former.

Drive-thru car washes keep everything simple & sorted but cost a lot. Both, in terms of the cost of wash cycle and the gas used to reach there.

Let me tell you….car washes that too automated ones are quick but not that thorough like the hand wash. This is specifically for the wheels, undercarriages, and those brushes. You can’t think of the debris and rocks on them and you will think hard and long before you take your car for a scratch-free automated wash.

Which Is The Best Suited Pressure Washer For Your Cars?

Pressure washers tend to operate brilliantly and perform deep cleaning for your car or truck or any other vehicle…..of course they are designed so. They do their cleaning duty in less time and with least hassle.

But note that you should have appropriate knowledge as how to use the pressure washer on delicate surfaces such as of car and truck paint.

Truly speaking, for car washing and other light to medium-duty jobs electric pressure washer is the one to use.

An ideal range of the electric-pressure washer you use will be 1200 – 1900 PSI with a GPM of 1.4 – 1.6 GPM.

You can also use a gas pressure washer, but with extra care and cautiousness as they are extremely powerful than electric versions. And gas is something you can always save for the rainy days or for your lawn or farm equipment.

Also Read: 8 Most Powerful Electric Pressure Washer – Up to 10000 PSI

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With the right pressure washer all you need to do is get everything set-up. As you need to plug-in an electric pressure washer so an outdoor power outlet close enough to the spot is needed.

You cannot use many of the pressure washers with an extension cord or it will all be your risk voiding the warranty.

Ensure that your car is not parked near other cars/vehicles and delicate objects. As you will not appreciate damaging them with the spray. Prime locations are a street or a large driveway.

This may be your habit to wear flip-flops or sandals but while car washing with a pressure washer, closed-toe shoes are needed.

Work boots or grab the sneakers and then get busy.

Start With A Rinse

For the removal of any loose salt, mud, or bugs plain water rinse is advisable.

You will need this:

  1. 40 (white) degree nozzle.
  2. 25 (green) degree nozzle.

You may risk the paint with a 0 or a 15 degree nozzle.

  • Firstly, test the spray on the floor/ground to assure that it’s not super strong.
  • A foot close to the car is where you should be holding your nozzle. Spray the entire area including the wheels and you can get slightly closer to the wheels as they may be extra grimy.
  • Reciprocate this for delicate items such as the brake lights, head lights, side view mirrors, etc. Be careful while cleaning them.

“Pro tip: Especially of you are an amateur for pressure washing then try spraying at a downward angle for preventing any potential damage.”

Soap It Up

The detergent you use should show compatibility with both your car and the pressure washer. Many of the power washers have an in-built detergent container, but if they do not have you can apply soap by hand using a wash mitt.

  1. You should follow the owner’s manual for filling the detergent compartment along with the cleaning solution. You should dilute it by mixing it with water in a bucket.
  2. The soap nozzle should be attached to the spray wand’s (black) end. Unless you use the soap nozzle the others won’t be able to use the detergent.
  3. You should start spraying it about 2 – 3 ft. away from the car. Gradually, you should move close for removing the tough bugs & mud.
  4. The detergent should be applied from the bottom-up, as this will prevent streaks.
  5. You should get closer to the wheels – up to 6 inches, for removing stubborn road salt, brake dust, etc.
  6. Take help of a manual wash mitt, scrub brush, or a brush attachment while using the pressure washer. These work well to remove bugs off the grill or windshield.

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“Pro Tip: When you need to clean tall vehicles such as the vans, RVs, trucks, then using a wand extension or an extendable wash mop for hard-to-reach areas is advisable.”

Let The Soap Sit

You need just 5 minutes for this, but do check the manual instructions to stay sure. Intermittent spraying is required so the soap dose not dry on the paint. If it’s hot or breezy then spray more often.

Time To Rinse

  1. You need to disconnect the soap nozzle and use a 40-degree (white) nozzle instead.
  2. The wand should be pointed to the ground and the spray should be done in order to flush the soap from the system.
  3. Keep the wand roughly 3 – 4 ft. from the surface and spray the car from top to down.

“Pro Tip: If you have any bumper stickers, then spray from front rather than sides. This will prevent peeling.”

Expert tip: Have bumper stickers? Spray them front on, rather than at the sides to prevent peeling.

Time To Dry!

Leather chamois is recommended by the car experts for drying your vehicles. They are efficient enough to absorb water and are super gentle on painted surfaces. They are highly usable and last for ages (in case you haven’t used before).

  1. You need to unroll the chamois and lay it flat on one of the car’s area.
  2. Pull it down slowly ensuring that the cloth stays in contact with the car.
  3. After it has soaked sufficient water then hold and wring it out.
  4. Repeat this for every section until the car dries up.
  5. When you are done then wring it out and return to the place preventing it from drying out.

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