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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Soaping suds....

My old power washer decided it was time to give up the ghost. Was 15 years old, a gas Husky from Home Depot with a Honda motor.

So, figured I'd try an electric one. Bought a Greenworks 2200psi model.

To be honest, I have used pressure washers on houses, decks, concrete, etc with a solution in the soap tank, but I have never actually used the "soaping" feature on a car or bike. Lame?

At any rate, I'd like to suds up the bike like some of the photos I have seen on the forum for a good soaking (not to blast the bike with pressurized water...).

Question is, can I use the regular car wash soap in the solutions tank, or is there a specific type that is for that (if so, what are you using)?

Again, lame.....I usually always just handwashed and never bothered with a "soap suds soaking..."

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I have a gas power washer for my house and driveway. I use a Greenworks electric power washer to wash my car.

If I use a car wash soap by Chemical Guys. (They have several that work in pressure washers.) Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner or Griot's Garage 10866 Car Wash also work well in a pressure washer.

I have been detailing cars for 50+ years. I don't often use a pressure/power washer on my cars. (She is in need of a good detailing.)



I haven't used a pressure washer on my bike yet because I don't usually ride in the rain.
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I have a gas power washer for my house and driveway. I use a Greenworks electric power washer to wash my car.

If I use a car wash soap by Chemical Guys. (They have several that work in pressure washers.) Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner or Griot's Garage 10866 Car Wash also work well in a pressure washer.

I have been detailing cars for 50+ years. I don't often use a pressure/power washer on my cars. (She is in need of a good detailing.)

I haven't used a pressure washer on my bike yet because I don't usually ride in the rain.
Nice ride!

I have Mequir's Gold Class Car wash at home so will roll with that.

I do use the pressure washer on cars, but haven't ever used the suds functions.

I don't plan on using the "pressure" part of the pressure washer, but the soaping suds aspect. Which is supposed to only be like 100psi from the new power washer.
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I bought a foam lance for my pressure washer. If you want lots of suds these work really well.
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Thanks, Gents.

How much does one put in the soap tank? Typically a couple gap fulls is enough to hand wash a car.

But the tank is like a gallon size or more. Do you dilute the Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo to the same ratio of soap and water?

Yes yes, I consulted my manual....all it said was use this for soaps or cleaning chemicals....

For items like siding, or the deck, it's typically a diluted solution...
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Are you referring to snow foam?

https://www.triumphbobberforum.com/fo...1&d=1528229952
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Yah, that's one of the pics that looked like a shook up milk pint hit it....suds man!
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I bought a foam lance for my pressure washer. If you want lots of suds these work really well.
Yes! I have one of those. I should have said that.

You can also buy a foamer for your garden hose. They are almost as effective.

I tend not to use a foamer. Where I live, it is so hot in the summer time that the foam almost dries before I can get the whole car foamed.

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Yes! I have one of those. I should have said that.

You can also buy a foamer for your garden hose. They are almost as effective.

I tend not to use a foamer. Where I live, it is so hot in the summer time that the foam almost dries before I can get the whole car foamed.
The Greenworks washer, has a foam nozzle for it already, is this not adequate?
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Thanks, Gents.

How much does one put in the soap tank? Typically a couple gap fulls is enough to hand wash a car.

But the tank is like a gallon size or more. Do you dilute the Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo to the same ratio of soap and water?

Yes yes, I consulted my manual....all it said was use this for soaps or cleaning chemicals....

For items like siding, or the deck, it's typically a diluted solution...
We might be talking about two different applications -

1. A foamer goes on the end of the pressure washer hose or on the end of a garden hose. IMHO this gives the best application of foam. Read the manual for percentages of cleaner to water.

2. Some pressure washers have a built in chemical tank that you can put a cleaner in. The chemical is sprayed when you use the no pressure tip. If you are using the built in tank you can use 100% cleaner in the tank.
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