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How to Power Wash a Boat. The power washer experts at Pressure Washers Direct have compiled a comprehensive how-to guide on power washing a boat and trailer. The how-to article includes step by step instructions and a boat power washing video.

Power Washing Your Boat

How to Power Wash a Boat and Trailer

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Power Washing Your Boat

There aren't many things more fun than boating on a beautiful day.

But there's a trade-off for all those good times.

If you're a boat owner, you know how much maintenance and upkeep a boat requires.

Cleaning your boat can be a major time investment. However, with the aid of pressure washer, the experience is much easier and pain-free.

Remove Loose Equipment
The first thing you'll need to do before you power wash your boat is to remove any canopies, seat cushions or other removable equipment.

This is important because the high pressure water from your washer could potentially damage or ruin these sort of items.

Boat Detergent
Use a Detergent
To start the cleaning, get a good detergent, preferably one designed for use on vehicles and boats.

Apply the detergent to your boat, spraying from the bottom up to prevent streaks from developing. Let the detergent work for 5-10 minutes, but don't let it dry.

Scrub It Out
Power Washer Brush

For areas with heavy accumulations of algae and other materials, use a scrub brush.

These areas typically form on the hull and body, so be sure to inspect this area before your rinse.

Power Washing a Boat
Now you'll need to rinse the detergent from your boat. Use a delicate, low pressure spray pattern while rinsing.

To avoid damage, make sure you don't get too close to the boat while power washing. To avoid streaks from developing while rinsing, spray from the top down.

Be Careful With Decals
Be especially careful when power washing decals and graphics. You ca ruin these if you don't take extra precautions.

Back away from the surface and keep your spray at a 90⁰ angle. Also, make sure you start spraying from the center of the decal and move your way out to the edges to avoid spraying it off.

Hard-to-Reach Places
Boat & Trailer
There are a few areas that accumulate grime and algae you might forget to clean. Make sure you focus on the motor, trailer rigging and wheel wells (of the trailer).

If you're washing the trailer as well, keep your spray at least 6 inches from the tires to prevent popping them.

Let It Dry
Now comes the hard part - you should let the boat dry for two full days. After the boat is completely dry, apply boat wax or hull polish and your boat will be looking as good as new.

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