Pressure washing a truck is easy, but some secret pressure washing hacks make it even easier. Follow these tips and you’ll save time and money pressure washing vehicles. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Learn How To Pressure Wash A Truck?
You should learn how to pressure wash a truck because there’s a lot of money in the mobile car washing business. There are other reasons too.
Reasons pressure washers should offer vehicle washing services:
- Keep customers coming back (infinite income)
- People clean their cars and trucks more often than their homes
- Easy to get customers fast by partnering with car detail shops
- Cleaning vehicles is faster than cleaning roofs and driveways
- Car dealerships and auto body shops work on cars and trucks, and often need to wash them before they can go back on the lot or into the workshop
- Many people live where there’s no car wash nearby
- Allows the pressure washing business to reach more customers
- Increases the pressure washing business’ customer base
- More revenue for the pressure washing business
- Improves the pressure washing business’ geographical area of operation
- Another service to offer customers
- Vehicles often need to be washed on the spot
- Save customer time and money by offering to wash their car at their home or office
What Is Needed To Pressure Wash A Truck?
To pressure wash a truck you need a few things. Having these things on hand will save you time so you can make more money. This is your ingredients list.
Items needed to pressure wash a truck:
- Pressure washer with a detergent tank
- Water hose
- Microfiber cloths (for washing delicate items)
- Scrub brush (preferably a pressure washing brush attachment)
- Trash bags
- Newspaper or coffee filters
- Windshield squeegee
- Tire shine
- Chrome cleaner
- Extension cords
How To Pressure Wash A Truck
The best way to learn how to pressure wash a truck or car is to follow some exact steps. After repeating these truck washing steps a few times you’ll be fast and skilled at washing vehicles. It also means you’ll be making lots of money pressure washing vehicles. Here are the steps.
Prewashing the Truck
- Pre-rinse the truck with a lite pressure spray of water (rinsing removes surface dirt, road salt, etc. that can scratch the vehicle exterior).
- Load detergent into the detergent tank.
- Hold the pressure washer down towards the bottom of the vehicle and a couple feet away from it.
- Start spraying the vehicle with detergent, working your way from the bottom of the vehicle up to the top, to prevent streaks.
Scrubbing the Truck
- Apply detergent use a scrub brush (ideally a pressure washing wand attachment brush) to clean other debris, dirt, and grime from the vehicle.
- Make sure to scrub the grill of the truck, the wheels, bed liner, the underbody, and areas of the vehicle where difficult stains like tar, grease, insects, and mud tend to accumulate.
Pressure Washing the Truck
- Starting at the top of the vehicle, rinse off detergent, debris, dirt, and grime with clean water until the entire surface of the truck is clean using a 40° stainless steel quick-connect nozzle.
- Use a 0° nozzle to clean the wheel wells and bed liner (it uses a lot more power output so be careful using it).
- Apply a 15° degree tip or 25° nozzle when pressure washing the rest of the vehicle (be careful and avoid damage to the vehicle).
Rinsing the Truck
- Use a 40° pressure washer nozzle to spray down the truck.
- Make sure all soap and unwanted debris is removed from the vehicle.
- Check by the windshield washer blades that all debris (leaves, pine needles, twigs, dirt, etc.) are removed.
Drying and Polishing the Truck
- Let the truck naturally air dry
- While the truck dries, check that side mirrors are clean and streak free.
- Apply window cleaner to a coffee filter or microfiber cloth and hand wash the mirrors.
- Polish the chrome and wheels.
- Apply tire shine.
Pressure Washing Tips
Professional pressure washers know all the pressure washing tips for pressure washing a truck. Learning these tips will help make you more money as a pressure washer, save you time, and reduce frustrations most novices face. Here are some professional tips.
Pressure Washing Tips:
- Apply soap from the bottom up (allows soap to penetrate dirtiest areas longest)
- Apply rinse water from the top down (prevents streaking)
- Hold the pressure washing wand at a 90 degree angle when washing and rinsing to avoid damage and prevent paint peeling.
- Start the spray in the center of a bumper sticker or decal and work your way to one side. Repeat this for the other side. This will prevent the bumper sticker peeling.
- Use glass cleaner and coffee filters or newspaper on the mirrors and windows to prevent streaking and smudges.
- Apply chrome cleaner using a microfiber cloth to the chrome parts of the vehicle.
- Polish wheels with a tire polish to make them shine like new again (we use Armor All®).
- Clean up the job site (put away your pressure washer, tools, etc.).
- Do not take more than 30-minutes (At Lakeland Pressure Washing can clean a truck in about 15-minutes from start to finish).
Most pressure washers can improve their business by adding a car or truck washing service to their services. Washing a car or truck is quick and easy money if you know how to do it right. This also means having the right tools to do the job right.
What you need to start a mobile pressure washing business:
- Blubery 3600 (best pressure washer for washing a car or truck, has amazing cleaning power)
- Sun Joe SPX3000 (right pressure washer when you have a power source and one of the best electric pressure washers for applying rinse detergent)
- Hitch mounted cargo carrier (wide open space for carrying pressure washer, detergents, gallons of gasoline, and everything else needed for getting the job done)
- Pressure washer covers (light covers to protect the Blubery 3600 gas pressure washer)
- Water proof cover (protects the pressure washers and keeps rain off other gear as well)
- Ratchet straps (ensures everything is quickly secured safely)
- Simple Green Oxy Solve Total Outdoor Pressure Washer Cleaner
- Sun Joe SPX-ASST3Q Pressure Washer Concentrate
- Simple Green Oxy Solve Concrete and Driveway Pressure Washer Cleaner
- Pro Products American Hydro Systems 2662 Rid O Liquid Rust Stain Remover, 1 Gallon
- Coffee Filters
- Foam Cannon and Extra Nozzles
- Microfiber Towels
- Detail Kit
- Mega Foam (best pressure washer soap, won’t take off wax or damage ceramic coating)
- Tire Shine (first thing a customer looks are the shine on the tires)
- 35-Gallon Water Tank (for jobs where you don’t have a water supply)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you wash your truck with a pressure washer?
Yes. You can wash your truck with a pressure washer.
Which pressure washers are best for cleaning vehicles?
Pressure washers that use high-pressure water to clean surfaces are best for cleaning vehicles. We recommend BluBery 3600 and Sun Joe SPX3000.
Is it OK to pressure wash truck engine?
Don’t pressure wash your truck engine unless you’re planning on selling it and believe washing it will help you fetch a higher price. Cleaning a truck engine will make it look newer, yes, but pressure washing it without protecting the distributor cap, alternator, and other electrical components can damage it.
Can you wash a car with a 3000 psi pressure washer?
What PSI will damage car paint?
Anything above 1900 PSI can damage car paint; however, you can still use a high pressured power washer to wash a car if you remember the “twice the distance, half the pressure rule”. The more pressure you apply, the further back from the vehicle you want to remain.
What’s the best foamer for pressure washer?
At Lakeland Pressure Washing we’ve used lots of foamers over the years for various pressure washers. We recommend the Ryobi RY31F04 for Ryobi Pressure Washers. For all other models we like: Tool Daily Foam Cannon, and POHIR Form Cannon