≡ Menu

Using Pressure Washers to Strip Paint

clean surfaces before paintingPainting Advice and Power Pressure Washer Reviews

When you plan a painting project you need to know proper preparation. Preparing is an important step in the painting process and knowing the new coat of paint is only as stable as the surface underneath is where to start. If there is any peeling or flaking paint, it has to be removed before a new coat of paint can be applied.

How to Prepare Surface for Painting

Pressure washing or also known as power washing is the practice of cleaning surfaces needing repainting. This method of washing uses high pressure water spraying. Specially designed pumps are needed to achieve the level of pressure needed for pressure washing. The pumps will apply the water which is many times more powerful than what can come from a typical garden hose. When pressure washing is used on concrete it can remove mold, mildew, bubble gum and other dirt. Pressure washing done on wooden decks can make them appear new again. This method of washing is ideal to remove old paint that is peeling and flaking before new paint is applied to a surface. A surface that is cleaned through pressure washing will allow exterior paint to stick better and last longer.
Pressure washing your surface before you begin is very efficient and will save a drastic amount of time in the removal of the old paint. The power most effective for this type of job is 2,000 PSI to 4,000 PSI. As with all power equipment there are safety measures to take:

  1. Wear safety glasses
  2. Wear closed toe shoes
  3. Review the instructions regarding use of the pressure washer
  4. Prepare the area around structure you are washing
  5. Cover all outdoor fixtures
  6. Close all windows and doors on structure

pressure washer paint removalHow to Use the Pressure Washer

Before turning the pressure washer on make sure you have the correct nozzle. A 15 degree nozzle works best for removing old paint. You will want to hold the gun and wand tightly in your hands and aim at the surface from an angle. Stand at least 12 to 18 inches away from the surface you are cleaning off so the spray can get under the layer of old paint without damaging the surface.

You will get the best results if you work in sections. Always keep the nozzle moving in a downward and sweeping motion. This motion will make sure the old chips of paint are directed away from your surface. If the structure you are cleaning is wood, make sure the nozzle follows the grain in the wood. Pressure washing works well on aluminum, wood and vinyl siding also masonry, but is not recommended for hardboard siding. Hardboard is more susceptible to moisture and can be easily gouged by the pressure of the water.

Not all of the paint will be removed through pressure washing, but certainly the majority will be. After the surface has dried completely you may need to scrape any loose paint away that did not wash off. Some surfaces can take several days to completely dry before you can begin painting.

Need a Pressure Washer? Here are the Best 2 Models for Professionals..

simpson megashot reviewSimpson Megashot Gas Pressure Washer Review

The gas powered Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot power washer delivers a stunning 3100 PSI at a flow rate of around 2.5 GPM. This unit is so good that Dewalt re-branded it as their own…

When it comes to quality you cant go past a Honda Engine, and this one has one of the most reliable units ever made. The HONDA GC190 OHC premium engine has oil included and will start first time every time.

The pump in this pressure washer model is an axial cam brass head pump that has PowerBoost functionality – i.e. more power at the nozzle. The frame is welded and rigid ready for hard work and to last a lifetime when cared for. The hoses they supply with these pressure washers are also abrasion resistant and setup with quality easy connect connectors. It comes standard with nozzles for every application:

  • 0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, and soap application connector as well as on board storage

Excellent warranty for a quality gas power washer. As you know If you’ve ever used a gas pressure washer it’s hard to go back to using an electric model..

Full specifications and availability here….

karcher x series pressure washerKarcher X- Series Electric Pressure Washer Review

The Karcher K 5.540 X-Series produces an impressive 2000PSI of pressure and 1.4GPM of water flow. Its an electric model, and it will produce a result quicker than any other competitors product in the same size range.

The main drawcard of this unit is the water cooled electric motor which is patented and unique to the Karcher brand. It last a lot longer than other electric models for this very reason. In general you will receive a bonus DirtBlaster Spray Wand with most purchases and this can improve your cleaning efficiency considerably. The feature ‘ Vario Power Wand’ enables the user to switch between detergent application and high pressure cleaning easily. The pump is corrosive and maintenance free, another Karcher patent worth mentioning.

If you want the best electric pressure washer – this is the one!

See full specifications here…