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    Well, this is the second time this happened to me, getting called back after softwashing a house. It seems that some siding has a white or residue on the siding and no matter how soft the wash..it leaves lines like grafitti. I use the x-jet, and apply solution and rinse. Its not noticeable until after all is completely dry and in certain light...so we are long gone and dont see it the day we do it. I dont know if its defective siding or old oxidized siding. but the only way to correct is is now use the pressure of the washer and do it old school and re do the siding with just the power of the water. Anyone come across this and how do you handle it
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    What kind of siding? Aluminum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Squeegee View Post
    Well, this is the second time this happened to me, getting called back after softwashing a house. It seems that some siding has a white or residue on the siding and no matter how soft the wash..it leaves lines like grafitti. I use the x-jet, and apply solution and rinse. Its not noticeable until after all is completely dry and in certain light...so we are long gone and dont see it the day we do it. I dont know if its defective siding or old oxidized siding. but the only way to correct is is now use the pressure of the washer and do it old school and re do the siding with just the power of the water. Anyone come across this and how do you handle it
    No matter what the vendor told you, the x-jet is high pressure. Down-stream with less than 100 psi, and you'll not disturb the oxidation. Oxidation removal is an upsell for me as it takes more time and specialty cleaners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sethfenster View Post
    What kind of siding? Aluminum?
    Pictures? Would be more help if there were pictures

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCPWLLC View Post
    Oxidation removal is an upsell for me as it takes more time and specialty cleaners.
    any chance you could explain the process and what kind of specialty cleaners you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sethfenster View Post
    What kind of siding? Aluminum?
    Vinyl siding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Squeegee View Post
    Vinyl siding
    OK, I'm stumped. I've never had a problem with vinyl siding. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the problem, and hopefully the solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCPWLLC View Post
    No matter what the vendor told you, the x-jet is high pressure. Down-stream with less than 100 psi, and you'll not disturb the oxidation. Oxidation removal is an upsell for me as it takes more time and specialty cleaners.
    the vendor didnt tell me anything. I have only come across this twice in 2 years. I will take some pics this week when i go back to fix it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sethfenster View Post
    OK, I'm stumped. I've never had a problem with vinyl siding. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the problem, and hopefully the solution.
    one more thing to add that may lead me to believe its a defect. the customer is a funeral home..and they added extensions. they used the same color vinyl from original part of house, but its the older siding thats the problem ..not the newer part..... ill try to get pics up asap
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    Look very closely at the lines. I ran into something like this a few months ago, and it was a manufacturing defect.

    If its the same thing I had a problem with, you will see an ever so slight difference in the direction and deepness of the grain where the lines are. They're hard to see up close, but as soon as you step back they're pretty obvious.

 

 
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