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These pics are from a guy’s FB post... he said he used a pressure washer and his stripes failed. He said he was going in for a warranty claim. 😬 🙄🤔

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That’s sucks! Don’t see that claim going through.
 
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OK well this is kind of misinformation.

The problem being that most off the rack pressure washers have too much power via their cheap tips. Buy good tips with proper nozzle size that provide appropriate flow for your pressure washer and this won't be an issue. You want more GPM (cleaning units) and less overall pressure.

See link for pressure washer nozzle sizes spreadhsheet.

I pressure wash mine, it has vinyl stripes, but know to keep the wand far enough away and also to use a tip with a 2.5 orifice which is what is recommended for my specific washer for car cleaning. I also use a stubby wand. This person obviously got right up on the stripes with a 15 or 25 degree tip (or wrong nozzle size), probably with a fairly high powered washer.

By the way, a good vinyl shop will charge maybe $150 to replace those stripes.
 

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Never pressure wash your car. What would the reason be to do that. Pressure washers force water into places you don't want water to go. Anyone pressure washing your car do at your own risk. I don't care how careful you are stuff happens.
 
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To each their own, of course, but hard to reach areas like wheels, grilles, especially the lower parts of the car benefit from pressure washing. I've never had a single problem in decades of doing it this way. Stand far enough away with the wand and you're likely to get more of a high pressure heavy mist than something coming straight out of your hose spigot which, in my case, is a wall of pressurized water.
 

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I always pressure wash my car. I just traded in my 3 1/2 year car (black) and it looked brand new.
The one I use is 1800 PSI and i stand a foot away from the paint.
 

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I always pressure wash my car. I just traded in my 3 1/2 year car (black) and it looked brand new.
The one I use is 1800 PSI and i stand a foot away from the paint.
I know not to use high power spray to wash our cars. I have a friend that washed a bunch of mud off his four wheeler with a pressure cleaner and we spent the next couple of days taking electrical plugs apart to dry them, not fun.
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The Shelby was in a car wash after I got it cuz I wanted to get the underside blasted since I drove it home (300 miles) in wet, sloppy, melted snow/sleet, and I didn't know if the roads had been salted or not.
Barring something else similar, it won't be in another car wash. Detail spray is my friend.
 
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Rule #1 never use pressure washers on vinyl stripes.
Rule #2 never use carnauba wax near vinyl stripes.

I'm guessing he never owned a striped car?
 

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I pressure wash my car every time. Every detailing company in Atlanta pressure washes cars.

That being said you can't go around doing it with 15 degree tips 4" from the paint/stripes.
 
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Unfortunately I live in a part of the country where farmers track mud on the road.. if I find myself not being able to avoid it.. I’ll zip into the local coin op and hose the mud off if it’s bad enough.. if it’s not mud it’s a whirlwind of dust
 

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The Shelby was in a car wash after I got it cuz I wanted to get the underside blasted since I drove it home (300 miles) in wet, sloppy, melted snow/sleet, and I didn't know if the roads had been salted or not.
Barring something else similar, it won't be in another car wash. Detail spray is my friend.
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I got myself a pressure washer for washing. First of all, I can say he was probably using a direct spray rather than a wide spread nozzle. Secondly, STAND BACK! If you're cautious about your stripes but must pressure wash them, I recommend staying clear of the edges and doing it with the direction of the stripes.
 

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I saw "PSA" and pressure washer and thought YIKES!!! My doctor never used a pressure washer to check my PSA level!!!

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Just wait til some of you guys find out I open the hood and pressure wash the engine bay. o_O

{with a few minor precautions of course)
 

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Dang! That really sucks! I don’t pressure wash my car...but it’s still good to know just in case I ever have it detailed by someone else.
 

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Never owned a pressure washer. Don't ever want one. Now that I see these pics, I will never even borrow one. 😁
 

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Never owned a pressure washer. Don't ever want one. Now that I see these pics, I will never even borrow one. 😁
They are a great tool for a home owner. I’ve had one for a long time, I just don’t use it on vehicles.
 
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