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Old 07-25-2005, 10:24 AM
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paint gun cleaning

What do you all prefere to use when cleaning your guns? I had a guy tell me he has used a solvent called MEK I got some but it seems pretty hard core stuff. what do think.

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methyl ethyl ketone is pretty strong stuff. It does work well but, I prefer just regular ole laquer thinner. Its cheaper in my area than mek.
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Just lacquer thinner. The cheaper the better.
I have a container I pour my used into for the primary wash and then clean thinner wash out 2 times. I leave some in the gun for storage which will usually clear out what's left for next shoot. Especially Kandy's as they are a dye and take a thorough cleaning to remove.
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I use lacquer thinner also to clean out the gun. After many times of use, tear the gun apart and let it soak overnight in a gun cleaner like klean strip to clean it up nice. Only thing to watch for is some seals and gaskets in the gun that may need to be removed for soaking as the stripper can swell them up if they soak in it all night.
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Dont you ever have problems with your packing seal?? You cant remove it, but I have had them go bad before in guns I never soak.. I have always thought this would be an issue over a small amount of time??
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No, but have only soak my conventional gun and ones at work (binks mach 1). Soaked the conventionals we had back in tech school too. Haven't had a problem, but the accuspray at work we had to take apart and the gun was mostly plastic so we pulled out the fluid nozzle and took off the seals and soaked that and not the whole gun. Coworker said he soaked the whole things and the seals swelled up a real lot. My sharpe I never had a problem soaking and I did put a rebuild kit in it, and if I remember right I replaced the packing. I think some of the gun cleaners are formulated to remove paint, but not harm plastic. Not sure.
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