Ram Promaster Forum banner
1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
What kind of brushes are you guys using to scrub your van?

Bristles? Microfiber mop style?

I had just been using my pressure washer with foam cannon, but without scrubbing. Just spray on and spray off, but it's at the point where dirt has built up enough to need a good scrubbing.

I need a recommendation for an economically priced pole brush that actually works. Is there an easy way to get the roof scrubbed clean without risking a broken neck? Thanks!
 

·
Registered
2014 Ram Promaster 2500 159" diesel
Joined
·
1,692 Posts
Any soft pole brush will work. I have two and both have had the same fault the inner slide tube suffers from a vacuum crush in the winter. They still work but don't collapse fully. Micro cloth/mop should not be used outside, if you drop it on the ground everything clings to it and is impossible to get clean.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,556 Posts
I have an old, telescoping Simoniz soft pole brush that attaches to a hose. Since getting a pressure washer, I don't use the hose feature. I just finished giving Shiny its annual scrub down. I first used the pressure washer to remove caked on grime. I followed up with the soft pole brush dipped in a bucket of soapy water to remove the oily film. Then rinsed that off with the pressure washer. To reach the roof, I use my fancy ladder, a Little Giant Leveler Model 22 (Lowes, etc). It's WAY more stable and safer than my 6ft step ladder, which isn't tall enough either. The leveler feature lets it stand solidly on our uneven, sloped, gravel driveway. It weighs a hefty 45 lbs, but I'd rather wrestle a ladder than fall off one (again).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
568 Posts
I use a inexpensive micro fiber rag-type household mop (cheaper one with no wringer or metal parts on it). Nothing better than the synthetic micro fiber cloths to pick up and hold abrasive debris. Prevents surface scratching with frequenty wringing. For anything requiring hard scrubbing, I use one of those sponges with fine nylon netting on the outside.

I've had bad luck with plastic brush bristles picking up and embedding abrasive debris. Just go out at night with a small flashlight and look very closely at an older car's surface finish. You'll see the swirls of fine scratches from years of improper car washing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
581 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
Thank you everyone for the ideas! Sorry I forgot to update this thread after I washed the van back in June.

I ended up buying the telescoping Camco pole brush that Roach711 linked to.

Camco RV/Car Flow-Through Wash Brush with Adjustable Handle (43633) https://a.co/d/0gTmMES

Then I upgraded my old cheap POS Harbor Freight pressure washer by buying a few accessories.

Original 20ft hose was upgraded to a 100ft hose that has standard size quick disconnects to allow use of normal accessories.

YAMATIC Heavy Duty 3200 PSI... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088MF6N3R?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Original junk wand (of the long ass variety) was replaced with a shorty pistol with quick disconnect on both ends that allows use of a variety of nozzles

DUSICHIN DUS-220 Short Wand High... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0157U65MO?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Added a cheap foam cannon that is also quick disconnect, and upgraded that with a smaller orifice to account for my cheap POS 1600psi electric pressure washer.

M MINGLE Foam Cannon, Replacement... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088D133XJ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

For soap, there was a coupon at the time for Chemical Guys, so I gave them a try.

Chemical Guys CWS207 Extreme... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072M24R5F?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

The pole brush worked great It’s very lightweight but rigid enough when extended. The bristles are very soft, maybe even too soft. My van was very dirty though. I didn’t attach the hose to it, only used it as a brush since I have the pressure washer.

The 100ft hose upgrade was so worth it. Didn’t have to constantly move the ladder AND the pressure washer around. Moving the ladder so much was a PITA! The shorter wand gun was very helpful, especially when on the ladder.

The foam cannon was fun to play with. Again my van was super dirty, so I’m not sure how effective the foam was. I spent more than an hr (maybe 2 hrs) and it wasn’t totally clean lol. I got tired of the blistering heat and declared it good enough.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
798 Posts
Washing my van on nice day is therapeutic for me , until it's time to dry it , that's a real PITA 😎
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top