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tjimmyv
Nov 25th, 2013, 03:19 PM
I have a boat that I am detailing. I have done a few boats in the past but they were all exterior only jobs. This is the first that is an interior exterior job.

I'm trying to decide if it's best to treat in like a car interior, or if I could take a power washer to it to speed up the process. It's not just a simple aluminum fishing boat or something, it's a nice ski boat with carpet, leather upholstery, radio, speakers, gauge pod, etc. in assuming everything is waterproof, although I obviously wouldn't want to spray directly at the speakers or anything else similar.

I'm considering foaming up yr interior with a foam cannon, scrubbing everything well and power washer to rinse, then thoroughly dry everything and use my extractor on the carpets,

Doesn't sound like that would be a problem to me, just wondering if anyone else has ever taken tht approach

Tia

Detailing by M
Nov 25th, 2013, 03:32 PM
you could but its not necessary.
a simple soapy towel, some APC and a brush works fine too.
clean from the top to the bottom and then maybe power wash the carpet.
but with the tight areas your going to a lot of splashback.

Chicago Tommy
Nov 25th, 2013, 04:10 PM
I'd recommend power washing, if you REALLY wanted to buy someone a new interior for their boat. I'm really curious as to what your thought process is that leather + power washer = acceptable combination.

tjimmyv
Nov 25th, 2013, 07:33 PM
I guess I wasn't very clear. I envisioned using the power washer more for the sided of the interior, part of it is painted part of it is white vinyl, and floor. Although I still would envision hosing everything down to rinse(low pressure) including the leather.

Obviously I would imagine it is designed to get wet considering its in a boat. People are getting out of dirty lake water and sitting on the seats and that seems to be okay.

Maybe it is a dumb idea, I don't know that's why I asked, I don't do boats very often just on occasion.

Detailing by M
Nov 25th, 2013, 09:14 PM
Are you sure it's leather? Did you test it to see if it's not?
Just clean it. I use my pw if it's dirty enough with no problems

Chicago Tommy
Nov 26th, 2013, 02:23 AM
I guess I wasn't very clear. I envisioned using the power washer more for the sided of the interior, part of it is painted part of it is white vinyl, and floor. Although I still would envision hosing everything down to rinse(low pressure) including the leather.

Obviously I would imagine it is designed to get wet considering its in a boat. People are getting out of dirty lake water and sitting on the seats and that seems to be okay.

Maybe it is a dumb idea, I don't know that's why I asked, I don't do boats very often just on occasion.

Pressure washer to the interior of ANY vehicle is asking for trouble. Yes, you can sit on vinyl interior in a wet swim suit. I wouldn't recommend pointing 1800-2500psi of water towards it. Most boats have carpet that snaps in, just unsnap it and take it out, then clean it outside the boat. Speakers, controls, lights, anything electrical in nature would be a big fat no. Waterproof doesn't mean pressure washer proof. It also doesn't mean things will work if submerged. They are designed to be splashed, not drowned.

Michael Stoops
Nov 26th, 2013, 08:27 AM
We have no doubt that use of a pressure washer on the interior of this boat, if done with caution, would be perfectly safe. But is it really necessary? Probably not. Think about how much extra water you'd be introducing into the boat and then think about drying it all. One of the nice things about working on an open boat like this is the accessibility of things. Cleaning the seating surfaces can often be done with an appropriate cleaner and a DA buffer set at a low speed with a foam finishing pad (polishing pad for really dirty vinyl seating). Same for vinyl side panels, etc. The carpet can be vacuumed and spot cleaned just like automotive carpet. Pressure washing may seem like a faster way to do the job, but in reality it could very well add more work and more time.

American Washing
Jun 23rd, 2015, 07:13 PM
I recommend that you ask an advice from a professional in power washing to help you with your problem. :)