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    Default Vinyl Siding PSI Recommendations

    To all of you who have washed houses with vinyl siding, I would like to know what psi you recommend with cold water. I am using a bleach / emulsifier solution one of you recommended on another post.

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    you should research [use the search button on this site] the X-JET.
    OR AT LEAST MAKE YOUR OWN. As discribed by CHUCK.
    FAST,SIMPLE,EFFECTIVE WAY TO WASH VYNAL.
    Get the one made for your psi and gpm and dont forget to get the close range tip[it's a small extra, but you will need it]
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    I use about 1500 - 2000 psi sometimes less. I hardly ever go above 2000 psi for siding. I use limonene for my house wash and use a chlorine solution for heavy mold areas. I will use a spray bottle to spray on the chlorine in trouble areas if I can reach it. I use the x-jet and I love it. Can't imagine washing without one. The problem with using a soap injector is that it dilutes the chemical too much. I find that using too much chlorine on vinyl siding leaves it chaulky. The limonene has some gloss enhancers in it to help not leave the sidng so dull looking. I have never had to use a lot of pressure to get off mold. That melts away with chlorine. There is shotgun fungus that gets on siding that is about impossible to get off after it has been on a couple weeks. No matter how much pressure it will not come off. I have even tried 4000 psi, hot water, strong chems, etc. Shotgun fungus is hard to remove. It always leaves a stain behind. It is like it burns itself into the vinyl. How are you changing the pressure on your machine? Are you turning down the unloader or changing tips? I recommend changing tips. Turning down your unloader decreases your flow(gpm). You never want to decrease your flow.
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    i prefer to downstream chems onto vynal myself. Works great and uses less chems.

    You can apply and rinse chems with same tip,a 0040.

    With the cold water you will need a slightly stronger mix and longer dwell time and do alot longer rinse job for best results.

    I suggest in a 5 gal. bucket using 2 gal. 15%sodium hypochlorite, 1 gal. emulsifier plus, half small bottle of ultra ivory and the rest water.

    usig the 0040 tip will give you about 1500-2000 psi depending on your machine specs.

    just my way of doing it, but there are many many ways.Find what works best 4 u by trying alot of different ways.
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    I plan on reducing my psi by using tips for the reason you mentioned.

    I have a 24' peak I need to reach so I may use an extension wand with a chem tip to apply, and then rinse from top down with somewhere around 1500 psi, using a 25 or 40 tip.

    I may look into the x jet a bit. I have an extension wand that I can use in the mean time.

    Does the emulsifier, like the limonene, leave the siding less chalky?

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    CONARKY the chaulkyness comes from the siding being neglected.
    Dirt sticks to it , then the rain and wind rub it around. It works like sandpaper. Once the top layer is sanded it will stay chaulky unless you put a sealer on it.
    They have spray[downstreamer] on,wash off types of sealers for this. Some use a truck wax but it wont last long.
    This is where you stop useing the word "cleaning" and use the word "restoration". You charge more for restoration then cleaning.
    cant list the co. that sell's the sealer on this site.
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    Okay, help me out here...I assume the sealer gets sprayed on - bottom to top like the cleaner, and is then rinsed top down?

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    yes your correct about the plex-master or sil-o-wet.
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    Sometimes when newbee's read some of these post they get confused as what to do or use.

    When you say you use the right stuff and it comes clean they wonder why they have to buy chemicals.

    Is plain water,heat and pressure the right stuff to clean vinyl?

    A gimmick,could be,alot of gimmicks out there tho,fussy,fizzel,add on.
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    A good sealer acts as a barrier between the harsh environment, and the bare siding surface. The idea is to help repel dirt from accumulating, and to make it easier to rinse off bird droppings and such.

    Think of it as the same idea as to why you would wax your car....to help protect the finish.....right?

    You also get an upsell opportunity selling the sealer.
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