filthy dirty tankers.

sodak

New member
acejunker,
Getting back to cleaning those tankers... Hydrofluoric acid (aluminum brightner) will clean these tankers up. A lot of these aluminum tankers are new and look like this after a week or two on those roads. The owners may not want you to use brightner on them so be careful. If you don't want to use brightner PM me.
 

Paul Kassander

New member
Like Scott said Two stepping would be your best method for those tankers. If done properly they should look like brand new when you are done. Now that you know what to search for try looking up two stepping or 2 step washing in the search box on the site there are several threads that may answer many of your questions. If not feel free to ask for further info and we will do what we can to help.
 

RGilliam

New member
there was a really good post about 2 stepping i read a while ago on here, it really breaks it down, how things work
 

Lee_Henderson

New member
there you go, Brad has good acids, 2 step them, thats where you apply acid, then apply soap, rinse
Thank you for the answer!now that i have the general idea on what exactly two stepping is....I've pretty muchalrready been doing that on the few trucks i do. Mainly the aluminum. I'll read up on it some more.@the brad, give a call. I wana see if what you have is better than what i've been using from car quest. Theirbrightener isn't too bad but it's $11.00 per gal.
 

Christopher

Moderator
For professional results you need professional products, the stuff at car quest is for homeowners mostly.

There are many different vendors on this site that sell professional grade chemicals, a couple have posted in this thread and there are others.

Don't give up so quickly on the search box, there are many, many threads on what you are looking for, will look for and things you don't have any idea or interest about but all will help you in many different ways.

Too many times someone will come on the site, will say that they have searched and did not find much if anything. When we put words into the search box and click it, there are pages of threads that show up. One of the biggest problems is that people are too lazy these days to read and learn, they want to be spoon-fed like a baby so sometimes they might get treated like a baby instead of an adult. What is tolerated here on this site would get you kicked off most if not all other sites out there.

After people ask the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over, people get tired of answering the same old questions by each new person to the site thus referring them to the search box where they will find all kinds of info, info that has accumulated over 10 years of people talking about all kinds of surfaces to clean, chemicals to use, equipment, etc.....Nothing personal, people just don't sit on this site 24/7 waiting to answer questions, most of us are out working all different hours of the day and visit here when we have time.

Nothing wrong with asking questions but don't be helpless like a child, use the search box, use different words to get different results on the many, many different forums here and don't say you could not find anything as there are days and days and weeks and weeks of info to read if you even bother to try using the search box. We will know if you even bothered, like some say they did but they did not try much.

Yeah, we all don't have a lot of time, we all don't have a lot of money, we all did not start out with a lot the best equipment but we at least tried to find the answers before asking for help in most situations, not just say give me, give me, give me after saying we could not find anything with the search box. Before I even started my own business, I read older threads and posts for about 3 months before buying my own first rig (I had worked for different companies before starting my own) so there are very few excuses we will listen to or even believe when we all have found results with the search box. Hope this does not sound too harsh (it really is not that harsh but there will be some that cry about it because they want to be spoon-fed and have their diapers changed for them as they try to order people about and demand answers that are out there with the search box) and it is not too harsh for the weakly out there, just reality for those that can understand.
 

Ron Musgraves

Exterior Restoration Specialist
Staff member
Fleetwash academy is also a good place, Ronnie please direct people there. Pwi doesn't care, we are only here to be a resource
 

Lee_Henderson

New member
Well i cant speak for/the other guy chris, but again im working from my droid. I'll be a lot more effectiveAnd can actually do more research on here once my pc is back up and running. I will, and intend to use the search box. But i jumped on this thread since he posed the question already. Guys, i jumped into this business with no experience what so ever, blew ever dime i had to get going. Mostly on equipment. And i got a GREAT deal on buying the guy out. So i couldn't walk away from the oppertunity. I know it may sound foolhardy to some to take such a leap of faith, but i really had no other alternatives. It was this or bust. And for better or worse this is what it is. Guys i've made 60.00 pressure washing in the last 3week damn weeks. I've been worried sick about what to do to get this thing going. I've had no sleep in three days. I'm dead broke, and have no idea where groceries are fuel is going to come from. I have a half pack of baloney in the fridge and thats it. But i'd rather it be this than to waste one more second of my life making some one else wealthy off of my labors. Belive me when i tell you i am more than appreciative of ANY help or advice the members of this community can or will give.
 

Lee_Henderson

New member
I want that wand. No wonder i get soaking wet every time i do rims. I need a longer wand. It takes me an hour to get those results. I bust my ass and work to hard doing trucks. This guy did it in 6mins! Is he down streaming acid? I didnt know you could do that. I've been using a pump sprayer, and was told never, ever use it on paint. Geez i got a lot to learn.i dont even know how to price that out. I've been charging 35 for a truck wash, same for a trailer & a refer washout. And most seem happy to pay it. Not many will pay more. And i know that in fleet wash it's all about volume.thanks for the video Ron, that helps.
 

The Cleaner

Vetran Washer 30 Years Plus
Well i cant speak for/the other guy chris, but again im working from my droid. I'll be a lot more effectiveAnd can actually do more research on here once my pc is back up and running. I will, and intend to use the search box. But i jumped on this thread since he posed the question already. Guys, i jumped into this business with no experience what so ever, blew ever dime i had to get going. Mostly on equipment. And i got a GREAT deal on buying the guy out. So i couldn't walk away from the oppertunity. I know it may sound foolhardy to some to take such a leap of faith, but i really had no other alternatives. It was this or bust. And for better or worse this is what it is. Guys i've made 60.00 pressure washing in the last 3week damn weeks. I've been worried sick about what to do to get this thing going. I've had no sleep in three days. I'm dead broke, and have no idea where groceries are fuel is going to come from. I have a half pack of baloney in the fridge and thats it. But i'd rather it be this than to waste one more second of my life making some one else wealthy off of my labors. Belive me when i tell you i am more than appreciative of ANY help or advice the members of this community can or will give.

Sorry about your situation but without any money it will be impossible for you to run your buisness? It wont matter what you learn here without any capital. My opinion would be to keep working for someone else in this field and save some running money so you can get out on your own.
 

Lee_Henderson

New member
Just pack it in and go to the unemployment office.[/QUOTE

This advice you would give me face to face or just on an internet forum?yeah, ummm i'm not real good with that kind of attitude so before i get myself banned i'm just gona go back to lurking. My first post on these boards was met with hostility and i've been polite as i can be. So i'm done here. So much easier to be a jackass than to be nice ain't it? To those that were polite and offerd advice, thank you very much. @ Ron, you've got mail. Check your pm box later.
 

Steven Button

Administrator
... what a mess.

To the original poster, relax. You do get answers to questions on here - but sometimes people won't just give up all the information online for all their competitors to see, so it can take a while to build up a dialogue.

To Chris T, play nice.

Lee, get some thicker skin - there is a bunch of info on here and a great bunch of guys and gals that will give advice and support. Perhaps you need to evaluate where you are at just now, but engaging in conversation online and offline with some of these folks will definitely get you moving in the right direction. (sometimes you have to move past comments or opinions that you don't like).

stick around...
 

Paul Kassander

New member
Brad has some real good alum brightener the problem you have is the shipping expense so you will have to check with him on that. I know the more you buy the better it works out. It may be worth the investment though it goes a lot further than the cheap stuff from the auto parts store and the results are better too. I tried some of his alum bright followed by my Strike Force this past weekend on these trailers that have not been cleaned since he got them and I was pleased with the performance of his product.
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