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Paint sprayers are among the most essential tools that can be used for multiple painting projects. A good paint sprayer easily turns the chore of painting into a fun task, and anyone can easily use this device to paint out various objects, such as vehicles, furniture, etc. However, most people tend to get lazy once it’s time to clean the paint sprayer. Cleaning this device after the work is done is of crucial importance if you want to maintain its efficiency and durability. To help you save some money, we’ve decided to list down a couple of the most common ways of cleaning the paint sprayer. We’ll also provide some tips for keeping your device clean that you can follow right after using it.

Overview


 

If you always take good care of your tools between using them, cleaning the paint sprayer is not something that will take a lot of your time. Many paint sprayer users still consider a couple of old-school cleaning methods to be real life-savers, as they’re using the same old techniques to keep their painting gear clean.

There are many different types of these devices on the market, such as the conventional handheld sprayers, the HVLP and LVLP ones, the airless models, the turbine sprayers, and so on. However,most of these types feature the same components and that means that the cleaning process for all these types is quite similar. No matter which of these types you own, the cleaning process is mostly the same.

Paint spraying a table

Some Things to Consider


 

Acetone

The market offers many different solvents for cleaning different sorts of machines and their parts. When it comes to the paint sprayers, Acetone is one of the best choices. It is, in fact, one of the most recommended solvents for cleaning these types of devices, as it is capable of dissolving grease, paint, and similar substances from the surfaces of various materials. Here are its primary benefits:

  • Very cheap

  • Easy to acquire

  • One of the most effective solvents

  • Safe to use

When cleaning the paint sprayer with acetone, one needs to pour down the device’s components into the Acetone Cleaner for a couple of minutes. Once that time is up, all that’s left to do is to pull out the parts and effortlessly wipe out the paint from them.

A paint sprayer

Spray Gun Cleaning Kit

Advanced users should consider getting themselves special spray gun cleaning kits, which are widely available on the market. There are a couple of different types of these kits out there, but most of them use the same or very similar tools for cleaning the painting gear. Most of these kits include many brushes, all of which are of different size and allow the user to reach every part of the sprayer without much effort. An ideal package will have at least 15 to 20 brushes of varying size and type, letting you clean out the device in its entirety. This kind of a kit can be used with all kinds of sprayers, including the pressure paint guns, HVLP, gravity-feed, siphon-feed, and many other types.

Lacquer Thinner

Lacquer Thinner

Lacquer thinner is considered to be a “medium-speed” solvent and is commonly used for all kinds of cleaning-related tasks. As such, it is also frequently used for cleaning painting gear, such as sprayers, rollers, brushes, and other equipment. The fact that it’s highly flammable means that it should always be used with utmost caution.

To clean a paint sprayer with the lacquer thinner, one needs first to detach all of the components and place them into a container. After that, simply pour the lacquer thinner in there and leave everything standing for about half an hour.

Once that time is up, pull out the components one by one and wipe away the paint with a piece of cloth. A great thing here is that there’s no need to apply any additional force while doing this -the thinner softens the paint and makes the whole task super easy.

Cleaning the Nozzle of an Airless Sprayer

When it comes to airless models, cleaning out their nozzles can be quite tricky sometimes. Even though most modern nozzles can be blown from the back when clogged, an hourglass-shaped cleaning system is the best choice for long-term cleaning and storage. These are offered by manufacturers such as FARBMAX and Wagner and can significantly extend the nozzle’s life.

Especially stubborn blockages in nozzles of airless models can be cleaned out by using special nozzle needles. These are of delicate construction and are guided inside the nozzle channels where they easily remove the residual paint build-up.

Cleaning the Hose of a Texture Sprayer

Keeping the hose clean is of essential importance since the irregularly cleaned hose is often the main culprit behind a plugged system.The exterior of the hose needs to be wiped down with mineral spirits -it’s something that will keep it flexible and a lot more pliable in the long term. The interior of the hose, on the other hand, should be cleaned by flushing some water and/or mineral spirits. In most cases, several flushes are required, although this largely depends on the type of texture material sprayed.

Tips & Tricks

  • One of the most critical tasks in cleaning your painting gear is undoubtedly choosing the ideal solvent. As we already said, today’s market offers a vast variety of different types of solutions, so it can be quite challenging to find the right one for your needs. Make sure to do some research before making the purchase -the wrong solvent could damage your equipment.

  • Your paint sprayers should be cleaned between each coat. As we said, detaching all components and carefully cleaning each of them is essential if you want your model to function well when used in the future.

  • In case your handheld model gets clogged, you’ll need to do some unclogging, which is a lot easier than it might sound. Take apart the unit, submerge its nozzle in a container filled with water, and leave it there for a couple of minutes. Take it out and then blow through it in order
    to remove the residue paint. In case the clogged paint still refuses to come out, try using a cotton bud.

  • Once you’re done with cleaning or unclogging the sprayer, don’t forget to test it out on a piece of white paper before getting back to work.

With these recommendations and tips, you should be able to take proper care of your model and always heavy it clean and ready for each of your painting projects. Good luck!

Learn How to Clean and Maintain Your Paint Sprayer

by Tyler Saunders time to read: 6 min
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