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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 01-17-2011 04:57 AM 1161 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2011 04:57 AM

I was wondering your advice on the best way to clean spray equipment. Right now, I have the paint pot filled with hot water. And I have the rest of the gun(somewhat disassembled: Needle removed, Sprayer Ring appart, All soaking seperately.) in a bowl of hot water, with a little alchohol, soaking…. but I don’t like this, because we do use these bowls for food…. lol… I might just throw this one out… stain is nasty…

But whats the best way to do it? Should I get something like Laquer thinner, and use that? But will that eat the plastic parts of the gun. Its cheapo, so the whole body is plastic.. But I suppose if it eats it, I can just return it, since it was, after all, Harbor Freight.. lol….

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:45 AM

You sprayed stain?

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 07:00 AM

Yep. I was bored… so I gave my Planer stand a slight coat… just too see how it would turn out…. not to mention its “cool to have nice looking shop furnature”(woodwhisperer quote.. lol)

I did get the unit clean… but it was a pita…

It turns out, its not plastic… I have it a knock, and heard a metal sound…so its either darn crappy plastic… or metal… lol..

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 07:05 AM

i use laqu thinner to clean my gun and pot and hoses i just empty the pot and clear the lines then clean the pot wit thinner by hand and pour thinner in it and spray it through like i was finishing something then i disassemble everything and tooth brush sturborn spots wit thinner let it dry for an hour and reassmble. plastic will be fine as long as you dont soak it in the thinner for a long period of time rubber o rings are the same. BTW someone will tell that spraying thinner is like using a flame gun but guess wat finish is flammable to and you spray it lol.
and Steven H if you ever spray stain you will never want to apply it any other way lol

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 07:15 AM

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 07:28 AM

Well I found a new way to roast marshmellows! lmao..

Thats what I was thinking, but thanks. Yea, Im atleast lucky in that I don’t have a pressure pot…just the one that is screwed on… so I don’t have lines either to worry about.

Yea… Although it made some mist issues, I have to say, I no longer will wanna get out the old socks…lol..

Do I have to worry about the tools, with those fogs, or will they not cling to it. Cuz like I said, I saw a fog floating by the light… lol…. BP catasophe, gone land-bound… lol.. I just don’t wanna see anything happen to my tools, like stickiness or gummied up workings..

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 05:21 PM

The cheap, throw away cooking tins available at any grocery store are the best for cleaning equipment. Strong enough to hold up but cheap enough to toss when nasty. I buy different sizes for different cleaning situation. I find the deeper ones work great for cleaning my spray guns. I can put a full gallon of cleaning solution is one and set the entire gun right in it. Bowls implies round and round is not convenient for cleaning.
So I hope you’re using water to clean up water based materials?
Mineral spirits for solvent based materials?
And lacquer thinner for lacquer based material?
Here’s my best tip of the day! After you have cleaned the gun and all parts, put a little mineral oil on your finger tips and wipe it on the needle. Not a dripping coat, just a light coat. Now when you replace the needle the oil will gather on the bushing around the needle that prevents fluid from pouring out the handle. The oil keeps that bushing pliable and will add years to the life of your gun.

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 08:20 PM

Hey, thanks.

Im fresh out of Laxative.. but when I get some ill be sure to coat the needle with it.

Ima run a little laquor thinner through the gun, to clean… because, it is a general purpose…nasty… cleaner..

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 08:34 PM

I don’t have anything to contribute on this one but like that tip from Earlextech. Another one I’ll have to remember.

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