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well i am finally going to try to use my pressure washer.. i got it last year but never tried it yet...


never even started it... the air filter was ruined in shipping but CH sent me a replacement...




i plan to wash the water stains off of my garage so i can begin to paint the front of it.. also will do the house vinyl siding...

i got a jug of siding cleaner from HD...


Any advise for a 1st time user?
 

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Use water!!!:furious: :furious: :furious:

Sorry I couldn't resist that one. I would say since I don't have a pressure washer and have only used one a few times that you should wait untill some of the experts give you the skinny. I do know you don't want to get the wand too close to an object you don't want torn up. The pressure will peal paint and tear up wood pretty well. Good luck!:cool:
 

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Other than making sure water is turned on first before starting ther engine(if gas powered) just going to have to experiment to find the best distances to hold wands nozzle from work and what nozzles to use for different applications if you have interchangeable nozzles. Its pretty straight forward just point at what you want cleaned and go............and one more reminder of the consequences of getting the business end too close to body parts or soft items like wood, plastics, caulked joints, painted surfaces etc. All these surfaces are pressure washable but you just need to use caution (all but body parts that is) Best to start further waway from what yur cleaning and move in until you get the knack and feel on just what the item will take in regards to pressure.

Don't be surprised if PW'ing does not remove stains, but for the most part anything that will interfere with painting in regards to loose debri etc should get removed.

I have a 2750 PSI PW, and sometimes its great on Vinyl siding other times its not, even with cleaner. I used to use the cleaner that gets fed automatically by injection in the PW, but no matter how I adjust it, it seems to use quite a bit of cleaner up, so anymore I use the hose and just spray the house, use a pressurized sprayer and soap it down, use a long handled brush on any really dirty areas to scrub it, and then follow up with the pressure washer. I still have reservations on claims made by a lot if not most cleaners that will clean without the need of scrubbing or use of a brush. In this area of the country I could PW the house and walks 2 times a month, as mildew and algae builds up very fast almost overnight, and a freshly PW'd sidewalk all nice and clean will be dark brown or black in a matter of days.
 

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Pressure washers are awesome, but you need to be careful. I usually adjust the stream/spray in the air and then slowly move it towards the working area. My sprayer adjust from a fan to a direct stream and at 2,200 PSI, it can really mark up something if set wrong.

As for the siding, I did a test on it. I seems to clean up the siding, but there are many things on the siding that it won't clean up and having another hose hooked into a car washing brush with a sponge on it cleans it up better. I have only done small areas on the house and plan on doing the rest... soon. Probably after the lattice LOLL
 

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im gonna use it on my T-111 siding which is pretty much just plywood with the T111 on one side.. Until i get gutters (on the way Jody)
i want to put stain on the front to prevent damage...


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damned garage.. 3 weeks old already stained...
 

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IIRC T-111 series of siding is rough cut material anyhow, so if it fuzzes up a bit here and there from eating the softer material out it won;t be noticeable, but its still possible to make gouges and cuts in wood very easy. So the best approach is like Tisenberg stated and move the nozzle in to the point it does not do any damage.

I am not endorsing any particular product but since your going to stain it, have y considered a product made by Cuprinol? Its a big time very popular stain wood preservative in the south and outlasts any other product normally available. You can get transparent or opaque stains and it will not peel. Even plain old wood treated with cuprinol seems to last a very long time even in contact with the dirt. Olympic is another good brand, but Cuprinol products beat it IMHO.

Now I'll tell you what I use on my outdoor bare wood to preserve it and add color...........Used motor oils.............free and they have yet to cause any problems with runoff etc, and its easy to touch up. I collect my old oils etc and roll it on with a heavy 3/4" nap roller. After one or two coats its permannently stained. Carpenter bees shy away from it, and its never caused any oil film stains or buildup on the ground. It gets to a mnice dark golden brown color that resembles aged teak or cedar and easily cleans up with the PW. Repels water like a ducks back. I h ave some sturctures here made well over 20 years ago of plain untreated wood, that looks like it was just made and finished, all preserved with used motor oils. If you havbe access to oil usedin a diesel engine it will also make it a darker color. I have already gotten a gal of cheap red barn type paint, mixed it with about 20 gal of used motor oils and applied it. It gave a very nice finish.
Even used automatic tranny fluids added make it a nice finish in addition to the motor oils. I kow a lot of you may htink this is stupid and running afowl of EPA and such, but my grass grows right up to the motor oil treated wood, vines attach to it, and it works fine.

I guess ifyou wanted a red color you could always get used oil from a IH, or blue you could get oils form a Ford etc etc etc.......
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stain

i already bought a 5 gallon bucket of Behr (home depot) 4-6 year clear stain...

I initially bought that because i was planning on doing siding.. but that may or may not happen for a few years... anyone have good or bad experiences with Behr stains? Its the home depot brand but was not really any cheaper than the name brands...


im perfectly willing to exchange it if it sucks...
 

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I would put the siding cleaner on with a brush and let it sit for a while prior to rinsing...that woul give it some time to bleach the stain out.
 
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