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Old 06-22-2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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can anyone tell me if you can use a "pressure washer" with a "spot free" rinse? If so what brand. and how much to a gal. of water? THX. ahead of time. Lee
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can anyone tell me if you can use a "pressure washer" with a "spot free" rinse? If so what brand. and how much to a gal. of water? THX. ahead of time. Lee
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The brand of pressure washer will not have a bearing on a spot free rinse. You will need one with a siphon tube that works with reduced or low flow. What we have used on a pressure washer to wash windows on the house was the dishwasher "jet dry". You will have to experiment with the mixture in a gallon jug and siphon from that as you rinse the object.

The "Jet-Dry" has, I believe a glycerin which causes the water to sheet instead of beading. The beads will dry leaving behind spots with the minerals from the water.

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I simply put a mixture of Jet Dry (4oz), and
Dawn into a quart of water, and then fill the soap bottle on the pressure washer. Works great.
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THX. guys for the input. got something to work on now. Lee
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The hazard of Dawn in yourpressure washer is that it will (Not Might) strip off all the wax on the vehicle. I do not know much about the jet dry, because that is not what I use. I have heard it works well, but, I use full blown DI bottles. There are those spot free attachments that you can attach to your hose ends. They work really well, but, are a but pricey.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">but, I use full blown DI bottles. T </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Forgive my lack of knowledge.. but, what are DI bottles? Thanks,
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DI = deionized water, about the purest you can get. DI bottles in this sense refer to a 'portable' or small scale setup of filters/polisher that take out the impurities I believe. Can run on your garden hose, but output pressure is always less than input (but may be enough flow to enter a pressure washer as rinse water). Looky here:
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Try the Mr. Clean system from Wal-Mart. About $20 and I can do my motorhome in about 2 hours taking it easy.

No wipedown, spotfree and looks great. The Mr. Clean soap replacement bottles is about $5.00 (3-4 motorhome washes) and new filters about the same. The filters are good for up to 10 car washes depending on your water.

It works great on my 05 Meridian with FBP.
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I tried a Mr. Clean and pitched it in the trash after the second catridge pack refill. I could only get about 2.5 washes out of one on my F350. This starts to be expensive wash jobs.

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Again, the Mr. Clean will do the job, depending on the quality of the water available.

I don't know what kind of pressure washer you're contemplating, but if like mine, a Honda 3000 PSI, it would take up a lot of room and weight if you plan to carry it. Mine cost about $450.00. The Mr. Clean costs about $20.00, filters and soap about $5.00 each and weighs about 2 pounds.

If you don't already have a pressure washer or other uses for one IMHO I wouldn't buy one for only washing the rig. I don't even get mine out for that. Tried it a couple of times and found the Mr. Clean to be easier and quicker.

Follow the instructions. Wet, soap down, clean with sponge or long handled cloth thingy, rinse with regular water, then spray on the filtered water. No squeegy, no streaks, no spots.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leemax:
can anyone tell me if you can use a "pressure washer" with a "spot free" rinse? If so what brand. and how much to a gal. of water? THX. ahead of time. Lee </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Lee, Give me a call and I will tell you everything I know, if you have 2 minutes.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by troth:
DI = deionized water, about the purest you can get. DI bottles in this sense refer to a 'portable' or small scale setup of filters/polisher that take out the impurities I believe. Can run on your garden hose, but output pressure is always less than input (but may be enough flow to enter a pressure washer as rinse water). Looky here:
No spots

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DI water may be confusing, this explains what DI water is exactly. Basically DI water is water processed through a high tech water softener. It's the best water available for refilling lead/acid batteries, only because distillation is more expensive to maintain. Maintaining the apparatus can get costly depending on type.
Well back to the original question. I won't use a pressure washer on my RV. The water pressure is hard on the decals, and may peel them off or loosen them, enters window drains and slowly degrades the paint finish. Sure it's much faster, but I've got a lot of money invested in my RV, so a hand wash is best for me. It allows me to notice and repair any small chips and scratches, or body damage. I do use softened water from my home unit to avoid spotting.
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