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Re: Here's a questions I should have asked first...

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03-29-2012 14:25:50

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You should always disassemble your gun and clean all parts in a solvent after each use. That is especially important when using two-part paint products (like epoxy) as those types of products have a definite pot life, sometimes a very short one, where the product will gell inside the gun passages and be difficult to remove if left there. I use a dedicated gun cleaner for normal cleaning. You can also buy a special gun cleaner that is basically a paint remover for trying to restore a gun that has not been cleaned properly. I've never tried that so don"t know how it works.

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03-30-2012 05:58:51

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 Re: Here's a questions I should have asked first... in reply to Rod (NH), 03-29-2012 14:25:50  
I do normally clean the whole thing completely as you suggest.

But this is the first time I used an epoxy primer.

By the time I was done, I went to clean it out and I couldn't get much of the primer out.

All I had was mineral spirits and naptha. They were about as useful as water.

Perhaps it wasn't so much what I was using to clean it, but instead maybe I waited too long and it began to cure in the gun?

Either way, I'll use lacquer thinner next time.

Thank you everybody for your advice.

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03-30-2012 06:51:31

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 Re: Here's a questions I should have asked first... in reply to JRSutton, 03-30-2012 05:58:51  
MS 251 or a similar product is better than lacquer thinner, you can also use your reducer, but it costs 3x as much as 251. I do not consider lacquer thinner a good product for urethane or epoxy.

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03-30-2012 07:05:08

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 Re: Here's a questions I should have asked first... in reply to CNKS, 03-30-2012 06:51:31  
Well I finally found a local source for pro paint products.

so I will check out the ms251 stuff.

Thanks again

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