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HOW TO PRESSURE WASHER A BOAT


Pressure washers are ideal for boats of all shapes and sizes. Being exposed to the elements all the time can be detrimental to a boat, but if cleaned properly a boat is a beautiful thing. Washing your boat on a routine bases will save you time and money in the long run. Boats should be washed about once a week if used regularly. This can be expensive to have professionally done, or a great money maker for someone who wants to do it as a business.

You should be cautious of treated woods such a teak, most of these woods are preserved using a varnish that a pressure washer can easily remove. Other areas on a boat you should take more caution around include but not limited to, are Bimini tops, canvas, plastic windshields, and wood decking. Some glass windshields have a protective cover that may scratch easily as well.

Before you begin you should make sure all windows, doors and port holes are closed. Your bilge pump should be in good working condition to remove any water that may accumulate in the bilge area. Your boat should also be able to drain water properly from the deck areas, so check to see all drains are clear and free flowing. Remove all Items from the boat that should not get wet. To reach the taller areas of your boat you may want to try a Telescoping Wand, this will eliminate all unsafe climbing and reaching.

To prevent yourself from bringing dirt back onto your clean boat you should start by pressure washing your dock. You will either use your green or yellow tip for this purpose. Start at one end and in a side to side motion continue across the dock until you have finished. At this point you may want to rinse the side of your boat.

Begin by connecting your pressure washer to the appropriate water supply, and checking the oil levels. A great chemical to decrease the amount of time you’re not enjoying your boat you can try our 505 Brushless Vehicle Soap. Start at the top of the boat if you have more than one story and work your way down this will keep you from doing work twice. Make sure you are keeping your water flow at a 90° angle to get the most impact and efficiency from the pressure washer. Move your wand at a pace that will allow you to remove all the dirt, moving too fast gives poor results and too slow is time consuming. If you are using a chemical your may want to wash your boat in sections. Chemicals should not sit on painted surfaces for longer than 5-10 minutes or they will be difficult to remove and you may damage your paint.

To pressure wash your hull and bottom on a smaller boat you will want to remove it from the water and stabilize it for safety. For dirtier areas use a little more chemical. Finally rinse your boat completely. You can do this with our Non Spotting Rinse to help eliminate water spots. Using a hot water pressure washer will allow you to use less chemicals and saves time and money in the long run.

Pressure Washing Tips Overview

  • 0° Spray Tip – RED - This tip is not recommended for wood applications, its
    stream of water is to narrow and concentrated. This tip would be ideal for concrete, and metal.
  • 15° Spray Tip – YELLOW - This tip is a heavy duty cleaning or stripping tip. You
    can use this tip for cleaning concrete, loose paint, and driveways.
  • 25° Spray Tip – GREEN - This tip is for general washing purposes. You will find yourself using this tip for your deck, siding, and your car.
  • 40° Spray Tip – WHITE - This tip has the least amount of impact. The white tip is great for rinsing, cleaning out your gutters, and other sensitive jobs.

NOTICE: Amazing Machinery and/or the author of any listed instructions on this website are in no way and/or can not be held responsible for any damage and/or injury to any person, pressure washer, or property being pressure washed by anyone attempting to perform the recommendations contained herein. Always read the product manual and use your pressure washer in a safe manner.

If you were not able to find the answer you were looking for in this section call Amazing Machinery at 1-800-504-7435 to speak with one of our experienced pressure washing staff members.


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