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Old 04-03-2006, 10:13 AM
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cleaning powder coating gun

If you finish one batch of parts and know you are going to coat your next batch in the same color, even though that batch may be days/weeks down the line, do you need to clean the gun - or is it okay to just leave the powder residue as is.

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Old 04-03-2006, 07:44 PM
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CBoy, I'm sure in your neck of the woods, you don't have the humidity problem that we have down here in NC, but I think common sense may play a part here. I think I would clean the gun since all it takes is an air nozzle to blow the excess out of the gun. Last summer I left some powder in the gun over-night and played hard to get it all out the following day. The humidity made the powder stick to the gun. I use a moisture separator at the gun inlet to specifically keep any moisture out of the gun, but it was just the moisture in the air that got me. So, since like you, I learned by experience and clean the gun after each use. Hope I've made sense. Of course, I guess you could seal the gun in a Zip-Lock gallon sized bag and that might keep the moisture out. Good luck with whatever you try, let me know how it works out.
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During the summers we do get high humidity up here so I'm probably better off cleaning the gun. Actually, I hadn't even thought of the humidity factor until you mentioned it. My concern was more that I had heard the powders break down over time and that they should be kept sealed and cool. But I think the humidity/moisture thing trumps my prior concerns and is good reason to immediately clean things up at the end of the day.
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