If you need to strip paint off of a surface, there are different methods and tools that you can use to do so, some more effective than others.
The good news is that you can strip paint with a power washer, and this will significantly cut down on the amount of time that it takes to do so because power washers are incredibly effective!
Abrasive techniques are usually the best for removing paint, as long as they are used properly so that they do not cause damage to the surface below. And the high pressure at which water comes out in a pressure washer can effectively remove the paint through constant abrasion, while also washing it away.
Okay, so you can most definitely strip paint with the help of a power washer. But how do you use a power washer to strip paint away? We’ve got you covered.
Here are the steps to follow for power washing paint away:
1. Choose the right power washer:
Not all power washers will be equally as effective for stripping and removing paint, so it’s important that you choose the right one.
For the best results, you need a power washer with a psi between 2000 and 4000, as this will be the best range for removing the paint without damaging the surface underneath.
You also need to choose the right nozzle for the power wash, as this determines the way in which the water comes out.
A 15-degree nozzle tends to offer the best results, as you need the power washer to be effective, but if it’s too aggressive it will cause damage to the surface.
2. Use the right gear:
Apart from getting the right power washer for the job, you need to equip yourself with the right gear. Specifically, the right safety gear, (safety always comes first!)
You will need safety glasses and close-toed shoes, as you are using a power tool. You should also then wear appropriate clothing.
3. Prepare the work area:
Before you start power washing, prepare the surrounding area. This means closing any nearby doors and windows, to avoid water from spraying into other rooms. You should also cover and protect the surrounding surfaces so that they don’t get wet!
4. Prepare the surface:
There is not much preparation to be done on the surface itself, as the power washer will do most of the job.
If anything, you can try brushing away the bigger chunks of any paint that has started to peel, so that the power wash can directly attack the rest of the paint that needs removing.
5. Power wash:
The next step is to actually start power washing the surface to remove the paint. For this step, hold the power washer firmly in your hand, preferably at a slight angle.
You should hold it a distance of around 12 to 18 inches away from the surface so that it’s not too close to be overly aggressive.
You should also keep the power washer moving constantly so that it doesn’t stay on the same spot for too long, which could cause damage.
We recommend you sweep it in downward motions so that you are simultaneously directing the removed paint away from the surface to keep working.
6. Finishing touches:
Once you have finished power washing the surface, there might still be a few bits of paint that need removing. It might be worth stripping these with a bit of sandpaper or similar, so as to not cause damage to the surface itself.
You should also then allow for the surface to fully dry before doing anything else with it, especially if you’re planning on repainting it.
Can you pressure wash paint off wood?
Yes, you can!
Pressure washing is an effective method for removing paint from wood, metal, concrete, and other types of surfaces. It is especially effective for exterior surfaces.
However, when it comes to wood, you need to be careful not to be too aggressive with the power washer, or else you might cause some damage to the wood beneath the paint.
What psi pressure washer removes paint?
When using a pressure washer to remove paint, it is important to have a high enough psi so that it is an effective and fast method of paint removal.
However, it is equally important to ensure that the power washer is not too aggressive, or else it might cause some damage to the surface beneath the paint, which would be less than ideal.
For the best and most professional results, you should aim to use a power washer with a psi between 2000 and 4000.