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    how do you clean your spray equipment?

    i know it's a bad thing but do to lack of time and laziness i just spray a bunch of mineral spirits through the gun when i am done using it for the day.

    so i ask, how are ya'll doin it? what is the best way to clean your gun?

    chris

    ps. i am using an inexpensive CH turbine powered hvlp.

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    I spray wb conversion lacquer. For the most part, I remove all the finish from the cup and run warm soapy water thru it, then after that run clean water followed by ms. Once a month I pull it completly apart and clean all parts by soaking them in ms for a few hours followed by a stiff brush.

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    Gotta love WB for ease of cleanup. I love just washing the gun at the sink.

    I probably only spray them a few times a year, but for oil-based finishes (usually only paints for me) I use mineral spirits. I dump all my scrap in one can. Then I decant off the solvent after a few days into a can of solvent I use for the first round of cleaning--spraying some through the gun, getting the cup clean etc. Then I use some clean solvent. I finish up with lacquer thinner because it cuts the film thats left behind.

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    i use lacquer thinner and only do a tear-down after spraying anything with pigments or if the gun is giving me fits.
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    I turn the can upside down, and push the button, and wait until the spray clears........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I turn the can upside down, and push the button, and wait until the spray clears........
    Lol now that's pretty funny

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    I have two 1 qt. cup guns. One is for clear lacquer only and the other I use for oil based paints. I only clean mine out if they give me a fit or if I am finished spraying and there is hardly any material left in the gun. It usualy needs to be less than a 1/4 cup before I will clean it. Haven't had a problem yet and it saves money on solvents. Catalized is a different story and you should clean your gun up every time you use it.

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    I only squirt clear lacquer through my gun. Like Alen I just leave it in the holder until I need it again. If I've finished up what was in the cup (it's a gravity feed) I'll fill the cup half way with lacquer thinner and drop the nozzle in it and again leave it in the holder. comes in handy if I need a few drops of thinner to clean something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    I turn the can upside down, and push the button, and wait until the spray clears........
    I was reading the post kind of in a daze. And then it hit me

    Jay

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    how do you clean your spray equipment?

    With all his other hard work, I guess Stu deserves the easy way out with spraying.

    I tore down any gun right after finishing spraying. Lacquer thinner for solvent and blow dried. Never had a problem with clogged guns because I started with a clean gun each time. I have mostly Binks guns, from detail gun to 2 gallon pressure pots.

    I don't use them much now, but thinking of doing some detail coloring of wood turnings, like Vaughn does.

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