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I live in Cow pooh country, my Tempest gets well and truly coated with the stuff and it sets like concrete so it is very difficult to wash off. Well now i want to clean the underside with a pressure washer.....and no matter how careful i am, i am bound to catch the bodywork occassionally up close. I have no experience of power washers and dont want to damage the very fragile paint on my car. Anybody use one regularly on their Soul?.....anybody had good/bad experiences of this?......is it possible to alter the pressure on these pressure washers?.......if so what are the recommendations to set them at?....(i dont have a pressure washer yet - so any recommendations would be useful).

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Hi Tempest, I use the one at my folks farm cant for the life of me remember the name,but it has an ajustable nozzell for high and low pressure I think a lot of them are .
 

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Keep the nozzle at least 3 feet away from paint ,also keep it moving. Really depends what psi the washer is putting out.
 

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So nobody has blown any paint off then?. I am only wanting to do the underside.....but i have no way of getting the car high enough to keep the required distance away. Are there places that specialise in doing this??....will KIA do it during the annual rust warranty inspection to check the car thoroughly?
 

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Most pressure washers have an adjustable nozzle on the lance. It changes the spray pattern from a concentrated blast out to a wide fan-shaped spray. Obviously the latter would be kinder to the paintwork.
I use one on my ranger, and have used it on my wifes Sportage in the past without problem, but based on your recent paint experiences I think I would be a bit wary.
 

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Hi Tempest ,I have a JCB power washer that I have not used on the Soul yet but I have on the other car.You can adjust the pressure on that one and the nozzle pattern plus you can pulse the jet if you wish.I think the top presure is around 150psi down to around half that on the lower setting. My neighour has a (new silver)BMW that he had bird crap on when he went away for a coulpe of weeks ,he left it parked and he cannot get the marks off the paint.Do you think that the cow poo may have had an adverse effect on your paintwork ?
 

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you will be ok as long as you keep the spray pattern of the lance at a fairly wide arc as the pressure at the end of the lance if at its most concentrated WILL damage paint underseal protective film etc as it really is very high pressure , why not just get a hand held spray gun that works off mains pressure tie wrap the trigger wide open and tie it to a broom handle and turn on the water!you will get all the way under he vehicle wth that, ive seen the guys at vw using pessure washers to remove the delivery wax coating and its brutak to watch honestly ! as an aside my friend eric (we called him wreckless eric after the punk singer because he was well... a bit careless!) cleaned his mondeo down with a pressure washer years ago and blew off the rubber/plastic side door mouldings! we laughed at the time but ive always been reluctant to use mine on anything other than the concrete driveway! p.s i diont want to tell anyone here the obvious but never turn on the pressure washer pump until you have purged it with mains water and its flowing through the trigger and lance when the trigger is pulled as the pumps are very sesitive and will damage easily if run "dry" for any lentgh of time.
 

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Pretty much any pressure washer is adequate as it is really down to how you prepare the car for washing and the type of cleaning agent you use.
Most of the standard cleaning agents you can get from shops are rubbish.
You need to make sure you spend a bit on wheel cleaner and a separate body cleaning agent.
Get one of those pump sprays and use it to spray the pre-mixed agents on to the car before you get the pressure washer any where near it.
Leave these to soak in for about 10 minutes before spraying as this gives the chemicals a chance to break to dirt down so the jet washer doesn't have to do much to knock if off.
You may need to repeat the process on certain areas like wheels but it is a good method to use.
 

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Thanks for all the advice...all taken on board. I am actually thinking of panelling the underside in thin aluminium using the sports tube brackets as fitment points, once i get the underside clean. There is only one route out of the village for the next 3 months......and they walk herds of cows down it twice a day for milking....so you can imagine the mess.
 

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Hi Tempest
Every week i have my car jet washed the lads use an industrial jet wash, and i have never had any problem with my paint i do have chips the colour of my soul is red, but so far it's been ok.

BARRY
 

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I have a pressure washer but just shove the garden sprinkler under the car, it soaks, softens, and removesthe accumulatedcrap without any risk of damage to the underseal.
 

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Thats a good idea!!!.....people already laugh at me for rinsing the car down with a watering can (quote "are you trying to make it grow bigger so you can fit in it")......so shoving a sprinkler under it for a bidet moment wont come as a suprise.......lol
 

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The problem with the cow muck is that it soaks the water up....but it wont come off!!!. I washed the car twice at the weekend. I washed it the saturday and when it dried the small specks of cow pooh just reappeared. So i washed it again on sunday and same again. I finished up having to use one of those rough bug sponges (arrgghh!!!) on the body to remove it, and then a polish to get the rest off, and then a wax to try and reduce any new stuff sticking. But god only knows what the underside is like.....if it soaks the water up and the muck stays put the car will weigh about 3 tons.
 

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I would be worried about stripping off my Venture Shield, like the idea of the garden sprinkler though. With that cow-poo holding water Tempest, I would be worried when the roads get gritted, as it will be holding salt water in all the nooks and crannies under the car..... not good....
TempesTony
 

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me too.....time to get under with a scrubbing brush......hold on!!! i have children......will send them under instead!...lol
 

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ee lad thas not been up't north fora bit as tha ,we has all't new fangled centre heating naw does the know.Some bugger clos'd al't pits mind thee lad we still mak't hovisin't town .
 

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ee tha cheeky yung bugga......we have sheep ant oil to keep us waarm in foggy wales......nowt like yarksha.....ome sweet ome..
 
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