If you need to replace a nozzle for pressure washer or learn more about the color coded nozzles that come with most gas pressure washers - this page is written for you!
We'll review how a pressure washer nozzle works, what the color codes mean and how to find the right nozzle replacements to save you time & money!
And I'll share some pro cleaning tips too, to help you get the most cleaning power out of your nozzles for pressure washers - while avoiding damage to the surface you're cleaning.
A 5 pc color coded nozzle set is included with almost all gas pressure washers. Almost all standard tips are made of stainless steel.
Depending on the type of cleaning job you're doing, you'll choose a nozzle and attach it to the end of your spray wand. Most nozzles are quick couple (quick connect) and easily snaps onto the end of the sprayer wand.
As pressurized water is pumped through your unit, and flows up your hose & wand, the powerful water is forced through the opening of your pressure washer nozzle.
Each colored pressure washer nozzle has a specially sized opening that shapes the water into a specific fan size (or angle of degree) as it exits the nozzle. As shown here.
The smaller spray fans (degree of angle) of pressurized water are more powerful than the wider spray fans.
Each color nozzle, and its spray fan, is suited for a particular type of cleaning job. So its important to choose the right nozzle colors as you work.
To get your cleaning jobs done right, and avoid damaging your surfaces, it's critical to match the right nozzle to the cleaning job.
If you use the wrong nozzle you may not have enough cleaning power and the job will take twice as long. Or, if you choose a tip that is too powerful for the job, you may damage the surface you're trying to clean.
Here's a pro guide to correctly matching your nozzle for pressure washer to the job you've got:
White Tip - gives you a 40 degree spray angle and it's great for general washing projects that have more sensitive surfaces like: siding, stucco, antique bricks, etc.
Green Tip - is a 25 degree spray angle and is not always included with a new power washer unit. A green spray tip is slightly more powerful than a white one and is used for general cleaning like cleaning decks, walkway, patios and outdoor furniture.
Yellow Tip - provides a 15 degree spray angle which is very powerful. It's much more powerful than the white and green tips. You should only use this tip if you need more powerful cleaning than the white or green tip can offer. If you have a tough job like a stained garage floor or oil stains, the yellow tip is a good choice. And yellow can also be used for paint stripping.
Red Tip - this is the 0 degree spray tip which is extremely powerful! Seriously, red can very easily gouge wood, cement, asphalt, etc. Remember to always experiment with the cleaning power of the white, green and yellow spray tips before even thinking about switching to red.
Black Tip - this is a low pressure nozzle that has a 65 degree pattern that's used for soap or chemical injection. If you want to apply detergents or chemicals to a surface, this is the spray tip you need. After you apply the soap or chemicals with the more gentle black tip, change to a white, green, yellow or red tip, to start deep cleaning.
Over time, all spray tips eventually wear out. Or, if you're like me, you might find that they can get lost really easily.
But replacing them is fairly easy. I see them all the time at hardware stores. And stores like Kmart and Sears, that have their own power/outdoor equipment section, usually stock packages of replacement nozzles.
If you can't find them locally, there are many websites that offer a nozzle for pressure washer. With a lot of other pressure washer parts, too.
My tip: make sure you match your unit's GPM (Gallons per Minute) and PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) to the replacement nozzle specs! Some nozzles are designed to handle less, or more, GPM & PSI, so make sure the nozzles can handle the specs of your pressure washer.
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