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Old 04-07-2009, 01:16 PM   #1
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I would like some opinions on pressure washing when the average temp for the next two weeks are 45 to 50 during the day and on the edge of freezing over night. The customer wants his house painted by the end of the month. I have never been to sure if it is wise to pressure wash at these temps and start painting about two weeks after. It is a job where the HO just wants it painted quick, so he can sell the house as soon as possible. So really my question is should I wait until the temps at night are well above freeezing or should I not worry that much considering the timeline and project.

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Old 04-07-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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I guess the bigger ? is it wood or aluminum. If aluminum go right after it. If wood wash and wait as long as you can. Down side would you will have more scraping.
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Im in similar situation but the surface I will be painting is going to receive latex stain, solid. I had planned on washing it this week, letting it dry out over weekend and start staining early next week. Homeowner also wants to get it done asap. Temps are similar to what you said only we may have some snow or rain showers to deal with.
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I would pressure wash it now and let it dry. Thing is the mornings early season/late season are going to have dew all over the siding/trim/whatever. Just try not to shoot it into overlaps and such. Get the cleaning out of the way now (watch out for blowing caulking out for the rains that are coming) and you should be fine. FYI expect rain starting beginning of next week out there. We are going to be getting it all weekend into early next week.
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Use a moisture meter. Preferably this one.
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ptf how much is that meter?
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ptf how much is that meter?

It's a Delmherst J lite. Google it, but I think it's around 140.00. Buy a good one and it will last a long time. Crucial for early and late season. And decks.
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I guess the bigger ? is it wood or aluminum. If aluminum go right after it. If wood wash and wait as long as you can. Down side would you will have more scraping.
Its compressed wood siding. Speaking of which does anyone know the technical name for that stuff?
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We talking lap siding? Or like T1-11? not enough info. What is the trim? Wood or composite?
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Its compressed wood siding. Speaking of which does anyone know the technical name for that stuff?

I think you may be dealing with masonite.
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watch out with that stuff because the power washer will fillet that like a fish.
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I think you may be dealing with masonite.
Thats it!

Yeah, i know, that stuff can look like shat if you are not careful when pressure washing.
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Painttofish is right on the money about using a moisture meter. Take several readings when it is time to paint, if any readings are over 10% notify your customer that his or her home is still too wet to paint and that if they would like you to proceed have them sign a document so it is their baby if it fails.
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Just say pressure wash, just like rain.
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