Although small, parts to your equipment can add up in cost. Some part costs are nominal, where some that do not require as frequent replacement, tend to be a little more expensive.
Torching, picking, sanding, and wire brushing off the gun and related parts often does more damage than good. At best, it cleans the parts but accelerates service wear by abrasive cleaning. Below are suggestions when performing regular rebuilds and cleaning your spray gun.
- Use gun cleaner: Utilizing an effective gun cleaner to reduce excessive cleaning of parts. Generally, a quality gun cleaner will achieve a thorough rinse of liquids and start to dissolve contaminants in as little as 15-20 minutes. Dynasolve is an effective parts cleaning solvent.
- Lubricate parts: Using a good grease, such as #2 Lithium Grease, each time you rebuild your spray gun will help to keep the parts in working order.
- Polish parts correctly: If you do find the need to sand parts after soaking in a gun cleaner, do so sparingly. Sanding parts should be done on a flat surface in a figure-8 formation. Finer sanding can be achieved with 1,000 grit sandpaper, coupled with lubrication.
- Grease chains, belts, and other parts: Beyond just spray guns, for larger equipment such as pumps, machines, drum mixers, or automated equipment – regularly grease chains and lubricate belts in order to keep a smooth operation. Also follow the manufacturer’s manual for more specific maintenance requirements.