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Old June 26th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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Pressure washers...for cleaning mud, etc.

After this weekends run I decided I need some type of Pressure washer or pressure water device.

Yesterday I spent $10.00 for 12mins of use at the local car wash bay and then ran out of water before I completed cleaning the mud from the under carriage.

So here's the question.

What are you guys using to clean your rigs? - some type of hose attachement or a pressure washer?

If a pressure washer what would you recommend (I am in the construction industry - so I can justify the investment)?

What type of nozzel or device would you use for use when cleaning your auto? I don't want there to be too much pressure and cause damage.

Thanks in advance.

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Old June 26th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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"I don't want there to be too much pressure and cause damage"
You bounce it off of rocks and trees and your worried about water pressure
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Old June 26th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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I just use a good spray nozzle on the house garden hose. It may take a little longer than a pressure washer, but I'm usually able to get rid of most of the crud under there.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 01:48 PM
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I got a decent pressure washer at Costco a couple of years ago. I don't know what I did before I had it. Yes, it's totally worth the price for one. I clean my truck, wash the siding on the house, clean sidewalks, etc. When you've got one handy you use it all the time.
I've learned that pulling the truck onto the lawn to wash it is a much better idea too. I just add the topsoil to my lawn instead of spending extra time cleaning up the driveway.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 03:46 PM
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I bought a cheap electric pressure washer for about $125. It is made by Karcher, got it at Lowes.

It works very well, there are two nozzles, one for high pressure stuff (1600 psi - it will peel paint, but is great for really cleaning the dirt and grime off your suspension, my t-case is silver again) and it has a regular wash wand which is just like the coin operated ones in terms of power.

I pressure sprayed under all my vehicles and was appaled by how much shiny metal was showing afterwards. I just didn't know it because of all the grime. Also I got sick of getting stuff in my eyes every time I worked under my rovers.

I got a can of rustoleum high temp stove paint and did the chasis with a brush and used spray on undercoat on the underside of the bodywork. It looks like factory now and washes up very easily.
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Old June 26th, 2007, 08:47 PM
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What I don't like about pressure washers, they force water where it is
not suposed to go ...

Garden hose with a good nozzle is enough.
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Old June 27th, 2007, 11:11 AM
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I bought a pressure washer from Home Depot a couple years ago for about $100 bucks.. strong enough to get all the dirt off, weak enough so it doesn't take any paint off..
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Question

If you are getting aggressive with a pressure washer on the undercarriage, what places should you avoid spraying at high psi?
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Old June 27th, 2007, 12:59 PM
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With my pressure washer it is a matter of how close you put the end of the high pressure spray nozzle to whatever item you are cleaning. I avoid spraying too hard on the swivle ball seals, the axle breather, basically any seal/oil/air contact point where water could contaminate the fluids.

There is a big difference in the force at the end of the wand and 8 inches away from it, at 24 inches it is just a strong mist. It is pretty intuitive to use.

I don't use the high pressure for regular clean up but it was great for removing the built up grime from years driving and get things back to scratch.
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Pressure washers are okay, I have found the standard garden hose sprayer to be more effective at getting mud out of the nooks and crannies of the Defender, greater volume of water. I think the worst spot is that little channel that runs accross the rear of the truck, always gets full of mud and gravel. And the outriggers at the front of the truck. I have always had access to a steamer that really is nice if you really want to clean up grease and oil. I try and keep my truck pretty clean so I have gotten good at getting all the residue out after time in the mud.
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Never tried this myself but I've heard that a lawn sprinkler under the car turned on full-blast is quite effective.
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