Eric J Petrevich/LRM wrote:
> I have always wonder how people clean their paint guns. I hate to do it
Funny you should mention that. I just came in from the garage where I was
some speaker cabinets, followed by cleaning my paint gun. I am using lacquer
is what I do.
1. Pour the unused paint back to the stock (I thin the lacquer to the proper
store that mix in a bottle). This includes draining as much paint as I can
2. Wipe the paint cup and siphon tube with a paper towel.
3. Pour a little of thinner into the cup, reattach the cup to the gun and shake
to distribute the thinner. Wipe again with a paper towel. Dump this thinner.
4. Pour enough thinner into the cup so that I can spray a little through the
for a few seconds. Dump this thinner (I sometimes save this thinner for the
cleaning if I plan to do more spraying soon).
5. Remove the air cap and needle and wipe clean. Wipe the insides with a q-tip
paper towel wet with thinner. Put a drop of oil on the needle packing and
the gun. Done.
It takes longer to write about it than it takes to actually do it. My personal
experience is that just running thinner through the gun does not do an adequate
cleaning. (it also is wasteful of thinner). It took me awhile before I was
disassembling the gun to clean it, once I got over that hesitation the job
goes much easier. Latex gloves makes the job neater.