If you are into auto detailing, then having a pressure washer is a must for you. However, it is important that you choose the right type of unit. Otherwise, you will be creating more damage to the car you plan on cleaning. This sort of thing is bad to your publicity and can hamper your reputation in the business. The thing about when using pressure washers for auto detailing is that the pressure washer should be durable, but less powerful enough to harm the paint or surface of the car you plan on washing it with. This in turn will ensure productivity levels will be kept to a maximum without suffering any delays brought about by damaged paint or surface from using the pressure washer.
Why in the first place would you use one if it can damage paint? Well, for starters, a pressure washer can help you clean a car more efficiently and in far less time. In order not to damage any paint, it is important that the pressure washer you are using is not too powerful for cleaning cars. In addition, it is essential that you use the right nozzle so that you are able to distribute the force of the water coming out of the unit.
When buying a pressure washer unit for use in auto detailing, you will likely be faced with a variety of options. This makes it important for you to be aware of the types of specifications you need for your business, as getting the wrong one can greatly impair you business, and again, your reputation.
Things to Consider:
- It won’t come as a surprise that pressure washers are great for cleaning hard to clean surfaces. However, having too much cleaning power can be bad for the surface you are cleaning. This is because some pressure washers have enough umph to strip off paint off of cars. This makes it necessary to have just the right amount of cleaning power so you will be able to quickly and efficiently clean off dirt, grease, bird droppings, and other unsightly stuff off the surface of a car.
- The pressure level of the pressure washer unit should also be carefully considered, particularly for use in auto detailing. High pressure levels can do more harm than good. Most experts recommend pressure levels between 700 to 1,500 PSI to be good enough for auto detailing.
- Another thing to consider when buying a pressure washer for use in auto detailing would be mobility. The pressure washer unit should be easy to transport so that you are not just limited to using it just in one place. Also, should you get any auto detailing request on someone’s garage, you will be able to bring the equipment with you without any hassles.
- Aside from the three previously mentioned, the pressure washer you buy should also be water efficient. When washing cars, you do not exactly need a high flow rate (GPM) as the pressure of the water coming out of the unit itself is enough to provide you your cleaning needs. In addition, have a low flow rate also reduces the accumulation of water should your drain not be designed for a high water volume.
When you think about it, auto detailing mostly involves the polishing, waxing and buffing of the paint of cars to make it shiny and beautiful. However, before you can do that, it is important that you first properly clean the car you are detailing. Cleaning cars is very much different from normal cleaning tasks. This is because cleaning cars is a more delicate job. In addition, cars have a lot of nooks and crannies which makes cleaning those spaces difficult if not impossible. Using a pressure washer on the other hand helps to alleviate this problem as the spray of the unit is able to reach the limited spaces that you are having difficulty reaching by hand.
The exterior of a car is a hard surface that can quickly become dirty. Using highly pressurized water can be very helpful in ridding the deposits that have settled on these surfaces. The truth is auto detailing requires far more than just a pressure washer as auto detailers also require a dry and wet vacuum cleaner, a buffing machine, buffing pads, buffing cream as well as cleaning solutions which they can use for the leather and plastics of the interior. Then again a pressure washer is one of their most important investments.
The list below shows tips on how to properly choose your pressure washing machine:
- Pressure Output – the pressure you need in your machine that is just right for auto detailing would be 700 to 1,500 PSI. A pressure washer exceeding more than 1,500 PSI is actually a bit too risky as you potentially risk damaging the paint.
- Temperature Output – pressure washers are able to produce three types of temperature output – cold, hot, and steam. It is important that you choose a cold unit as both hot and steam may dull the paint or worse warp it. However, if you have the option or have the capacity to purchase a tri-mode pressure washer, a unit capable of delivering the three temperature outputs mentioned, then you can take advantage of its steam option to use on brake dust and asphalt particles that may have clung near the fenders.
- Technology – if you are hiring paid help in your shop, you may probably encounter an employee that do not really take care of your expensive equipments. For example, if your pressure washer is turned on but you fail to depress the trigger of the gun to release water, then the pressurized water goes around the unit via the unloader valve cycling around. The unloader valve can only take so much which is why if left running for prolonged periods, your pressure washer unit may likely break down. Thanks to the automatic shut-off technology, you don’t have to worry too much about your unit breaking down. This is because the automatic shut-off technology shuts off the pump and motor if it detects any inactivity for 30 seconds. This is of course if your unit is equipped with one.
If you own an auto detailing company or simply have a pressure washer to use on your car, it is important to use only low pressure when cleaning to prevent damage to your car. If you are serious in the business, it is important that you invest in a reliable and heavy duty unit that is easy to transport.