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MrVivekB 07-09-2012 11:32 PM

Dang, pressure washers = addictive
 
I bought a cheap residential pressure washer to prep the house for painting. It was a hot day, and I was contemplating painting the gate/fence, so I turned it towards the gate. Zoinks!

The wife rapidly fell in love with it, and she pressure washed our wood patio set, lawn chairs, and the play structure yesterday ;-)

(Looks like I can only attach small files, here's a link to my online posting with the bigger files. Let me know if this is a forum faux pax and I'll delete this.)

user1007 07-10-2012 07:12 AM

Just be careful with pressure washers and old houses. Moisture has a way of getting up under things and can cause lots of damage. I have seen some horrible things resulting from people getting carried away. Always use the lowest pressure and least amount of water actually needed for the job!

As for whether to use a semi-transparent versus solid stain on your newly cleaned fence and gate? Why not try the semi-transparent on a small section. You can always put solid stain over it once it is dry if you do not like it. Obviously you can get solid stain like Sherwin Williams Woodscapes matched to any color you want though. You don't have quite so many options with semi-transparent stains.

TarheelTerp 07-10-2012 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrVivekB (Post 962010)
I bought a cheap residential pressure washer to prep the house for painting.
The wife rapidly fell in love with it...

Be sure she see's the next water bill.
That should curb her enthusiasm some.

MrVivekB 07-10-2012 11:31 PM

Thx for the moisture tip. This one barely goes above 1000psi, but I'll be careful.

Quote:

Originally Posted by TarheelTerp

Be sure she see's the next water bill.
That should curb her enthusiasm some.

No chance, she'll just tell me to spend less elsewhere. She's ocd when it comes to cleaning lawn furniture / etc.

Maintenance 6 07-11-2012 07:29 AM

Be careful pressure washing wood, you can "fur up" the surface pretty quickly and erode away the softer fibers of the grain. Use a broad tip and don't direct the stream in one place.


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