Any machine we use needs to have a maintenance. If we take good care of the things that we have, we will make its life longer. Taking care of a thing includes cleaning and tuning the parts if it has. The electric paint sprayer is one of it. It needs a good cleaning and lubricating after every use and when you store it away for some time.
The manual of Krause and Becker Electric Sprayer actually tells us to do and when to do these things. There is a section for every after use. If not, the sprayer might clog. But it is not just about every after use. We also need to maintain it. Maintenance should be done even if you are not using the electric sprayer. For example, we did not use it for some time and store it for a couple of weeks or months, then we have to do something on it before and after we put it to use. We also need to lubricate it. These steps are really important to do whenever you own a Krause and Becker Electric Sprayer. You will make its life longer and we will still prove the saying “prevention is better than cure”. We might even save some bucks for giving a time to clean and lubricate our electric paint sprayer.
So let’s get started.
Of course, maintenance starts from its basics. These basics include the first step which is cleaning. Cleaning the sprayer should be done right after its use. Actually, you must not need to wait for the time to pass without cleaning it. Clean it as soon as you finish using it to prevent the paint to harden. If you delay the cleaning or if you did not clean it properly, the paint that thickened inside it will permanently clog the spray gun. Latex paint is really quick to harden. You can avoid this thing to happen by making some improvised technique. You can try to wrap the spray gun with a plastic bag so that it will not dry very fast as you are preparing other things that you need in cleaning or gathering your things around after your work.
There are some things that you need:
Lubricating is simply putting some oil into the unit. This is very necessary if you will store the unit for some time like weeks or months. Any oil can work on this like compressor oil or pump oil.
The things you need:
Another option is to use an anti-corrosion that you can mix with a gallon of water. Just run the mixture into the pump system just like the procedure for cleaning. This is effective for a short-term storage time like about a week. But if you will store it for a long time like months, you might want to try running a paint thinner into the system.
Now, your electric sprayer if clean and ready to be stored. The wastewater that you have accumulated during the cleaning process should be disposed properly. The same safety environmental measure applies when you use either water or solvent for cleaning. The disposal of solvent should be according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The wastewater with paint should also be according to the paint manufacturer’s direction. Disposal should comply with the local hazardous waste standards.
If you will be using solvent, follow the manufacturer’s instruction about the usage, proper disposal, and any safety precautions. The waste should be transferred to a non-metal container. Do not also clean at the area where ignition may occur. We don’t want to be caught on fire. And to prevent the said accident, always have a fire extinguisher nearby as you are working.
Do not also use other liquids with minerals on the paint especially the latex. These mineral liquids make the latex paint very difficult to remove.
If you noticed that the equipment has a problem or maybe damaged, do not use it further. Repair and check it first. If you are cleaning or running a maintenance procedure be sure it is unplugged and the pressure has been released unless it is necessary to complete the procedure.
After some time, you are thinking again of using your Krause and Becker Electric Paint Sprayer. Maybe your friend asks you to help in some painting job or some parts your own household need to be repainted and maintained so you wanted to take out the Krause and Becker Electric Sprayer for another service.
First, you need to check if everything all still in its good condition. Assemble the parts by connecting each of it to the proper positions and plugs. Use a wrench. The after assembling, connect it now to the power source. Put the suction hose and the waste line into a bucket of water and turn it on. If the waste line is pumping out water and oil, it means that it is working properly. Then test the spray gun. Put the pressure knob into the middle and make sure that everything is connected with each other before you set the function to spray. When everything is confirmed, turn it on and try to spray. If it is spraying with the right pressure then everything is alright and working. You can use it now.
Cleaning and lubricating thoroughly the electric sprayer and doing the necessary maintenance procedure will make your machine last longer. It is better to spend a few minutes to clean first your electric paint sprayer than be sorry if you cannot use it by next time because the paint has already hardened and the pipe, tip, and hose were clogged. Also, spending time to clean it will not cost you a lot but neglecting it will cost you another set of electric paint sprayer or a trip to the repair shop and service center.
The cleaning and lubricating procedure are very easy. It is manageable even on your first try. Maybe if the machine is new and it is your first cleaning, the screws might be still tight. Yet, after some time when you already get used to cleaning and you’ve done it again and again, it will loosen up a bit. And you will finally say that you are enjoying it.