Can I use a sprayer pump for soft-washing siding?


#1

I’ve got a 5.5 gpm 60 PSI Northstar pump, a sprayer gun, a 55 gallon barrel, and hose. Can I use this setup to soft-wash siding?


#2

Are you talking 12 volt pump ?


#3

Yep. It’s supposed to spray up to 35 feet, so I figured it would work for second story houses at least.


#4

What are you rinsing with ? Do you work solo ?


#5

Hmm. Hadn’t thought about that. Could I use a separate tank? I could get a second barrel.


#6

Yes, I work solo.


#7

Ok this is just my opinion. I’m no expert , but if your a solo guy the best way to go is to use a power washer an either Apply your solution with a down stream injector or an Xjet.
That way your not switching from 12 volt to power washer. With a 12 volt you can apply your solution , but you still need to rinse , An that’s done via Power washer.
This year I’m going to implement a air diaphragm wher one guy will be soaping an the other rinsing, but in IMHO one man alone is best suited for Downstreming
Hope I explained this correctly.

You can still use your 12 volt for things like Dryvit/stucco or Concrete/pavers stuff like that where you want to get a more stronger precise mix to the surface

You need to do a little more reasearch about mixes , An techniques for applying chems


#8

I’m not challenging you, since I am obviously not an expert, but why can’t I just use one tank with a chem mix and the other tank as just a buffer tank with rinse water?All I would have to do is move the feed hose from one tank to the other.


#9

In all actuality you probably can , but time is money
Here’s what you would have to do with thsi method not to mention only 90psi.
Soap house go to truck turn off pump drain 150-200’ of hose that has soap still in it. , then switch over to your water tank

Downstreamimg all you jace to do is switch a nozzle that is on your gun , no walking back to your truck , or switching things.


#10

Soft Washing/Power Washing is a tried and true method of cleaning. Why try to reinvent it?


#11

Because for now the pressure washer is way more expensive, given that I already have the pump XD Haha. Can I use the pump for future roof cleaning applications?


#12

It’ll work for soft washing and roof cleaning as long as its chem proof. In my experience you usually need some pressure to rinse. A garden hose might work better than your pump for rinsing