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Old 04 May 2006, 16:35   #1
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Pressure washing RIB

Just seen mention of it on another thread.

I thought about using the pressure washer on mine after I accidentally got it "rather muddy" the other day - but I didn't. I figured that projecting 1000psi+ onto a thin Hypalon skin was probably going to be asking for trouble?

What is the verdict, do people use pressure washers or is it better not to?
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Old 04 May 2006, 16:42   #2
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A Garden hose, plenty of water and plenty of fairy liquid and elbow grease should do the trick.

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I've tried using a pressure washer on a RIB and it was all but useless. Had no effect on the tubes, and didn't do much on the GRP. The only thing that it did well was the Treadmaster flooring which came up like new!

If you do use one though, resist the temptation to see whether angling the jet right in close to a tube seam will make it come apart. It probably will (I haven't tried it, but in my youth I accidently removed the stripes off a couple of Police cars using a pressure washer!)

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I use one, when we haven't got a hosepipe ban, mainly on the trailer.
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They aren't really that effective at cleaning vehicles, if my LR is plastered in mud (which is quite often) you can wash all the solid bits off but when it dries, it still looks filthy. I guess the same is true of RIB tubes then, but my main concern was damaging the tube with the high pressure.

Oh well, I was just looking for a lazy way of doing it, as always, failed, as usual

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Back to the TFR, A dilute TFR wash with a soft brush and then rinsed with a hose is like magic. Don't let the TFR dry. V important to get some protectors back on the tubes and other surfaces afterwards though as it'll strip them bare. Pressure washers are good for getting grit off cars to prevent the sponge from swirling it around and scratching.
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pressure washers will remove the slime, mud , green algie stuff and gunge a treat however they will never remove the film of dirt, that is best removed with a brush or sponge and some gentle cleaner or in Alices case she uses tfr to clean up all her dirty nooks and crannies!
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Quote:
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in my youth I accidently removed the stripes off a couple of Police cars using a pressure washer!)

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Sorry, but how do you accidently remove the stripes off of a Police Car
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Sorry, but how do you accidently remove the stripes off of a Police Car
I think you have to steal them first. I wonder whether he managed to pressure wash the blue lights off aswell ?!
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Am I being stoopid? What is TFR?
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