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Cleaning adhesive spray gun

Ok, so I have the DAP Weldwood HHR Contact Cement and a dedicated Harbor Freight spray gun . What's the best solvent to clean the gun after applying the adhesive? I have acetone and mineral spirits-do I need something else? Am I also correct that I can't store the adhesive in the spray gun reservoir for several days between uses?


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This is not like spraying paint, you don't need to clean the spray gun. If you got the right gun, it is an external mix gun where the glue and air are mixed as the glue comes out of the gun. Yes, you can store the glue in the gun for as long as you want to. My spray gun sits for long periods of time, sometimes weeks, and it always sprays as soon as I pull the trigger. My spray gun has never been cleaned, when I run low on adhesive I just fill the cup.

The solvent for the contact adhesive is mineral spirits or Xylol which is just a better grade of mineral spirits. You use the solvent to clean up overspray, not to clean the spray gun. You don't need acetone for anything involving this contact adhesive.

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