Your spray gun is the single, most important tool in delivering a quality paint job. Proper care and maintenance of this tool is critical to its performance. Treating your gun properly will not only insure an excellent finish, but will maintain the performance of your investment for many years to come.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your spray gun in optimal working condition:

  1. Clean your gun as soon as possible after spraying. The longer you leave paint in the gun, the harder it will be to clean it.

  2. Only use the special tool included with the gun kit to disassemble the nozzle. Using other tools not designed for your spray gun can damage the fluid tip leading to improper performance of the gun.

  3. Always clean the air cap and other nozzle components with the cleaning tools included in your spray gun kit or provided by the manufacturer. These tools are specially designed for the small parts of the gun. Using a nail, wire, or other metal instruments can damage the nozzle components adversely affecting the spray pattern and overall performance.

  4. Always use clean wash solvent or thinner to clean your spray gun. Using dirty or “used” solvent to soak your spray gun can clog the air and fluid passages over time resulting in poor spray quality. Using clean solvent or better yet, a gun washer, is the best option.

  5. Avoid soaking your gun in solvent for long periods of time. This can swell and harden internal seals resulting in air leaks and overall poor gun performance.

  6. Dry all parts with a paper towel or compressed air. Compressed air is great to clean holes and moving parts that can’t be wiped down.

  7. Insure your air compressor can supply clean, dry air. Contamination in the air supply from oil, water or dust can not only affect the performance of your gun, it can lead to low quality paint jobs, unhappy customers, and even expensive redos. Clean air + clean gun = clean paint job + happy customers.