How to Troubleshoot Problems When Using Water Blaster Like A Pro

Cleaning is not a job – it is a duty. If you own something, big or small, it should be cleaned when it’s time to clean, especially if it is your house – it is your duty to clean it. With so many ways to clean nowadays, now the modernised technology makes it easier for you to clean stuff, garden, and even your house, using water blaster. With water blaster, cleaning is easier and more effective, because it helps you clean even the most stubborn dirt or the hardest-to-remove substance found on the things you are cleaning. However, we know sometimes the more modern things are, the harder we try to understand the use, especially if you are having problems with the equipment. In this article, we are going to help you troubleshoot problems when using a water blaster depending on its problems! Keep reading to find out.

There are some common problems when it comes to water blaster. Here are the problems provided with the solutions:

  • No pressure: If you find no pressure at all in your water blaster, check if the pump inlet valve and un-loader valve are faulty. If they are clogged, try to clean them but if that does not work, just replace them with new valves.
  • Low pressure: If your water blaster’s pressure is low, it means that there’s not enough water inlet or the nozzles you are using are not set up with the correct size. When you fix this, use the correct size nozzles. Also, low pressure might be caused by a kinked or blocked hose. Therefore, for maximum water flow, just un-kink and unblock the garden hose.
  • Water blaster not cleaning surfaces: This can probably mean that you are using a wrong nozzle, because you need to adjust the size of the nozzle and the size of the surface itself. Use a high-pressure nozzle to get maximum pressure.
  • Pump leakage: When your pump is leaking, there is one of the two things that may happen. The pressure that either seals in your pump are broken and/or damaged or, the thermal valve is activated. If the broken seals is what you are experiencing, you can simply replace them. If the thermal valve has been activated, you can switch off the washer and wait for it to cool down before you use it again.
  • Garden hose leaking: You can just tighten the garden hose to prevent it from leaking.
  • Faulty detergent injector: If the detergent injector is not working properly, it can be because the soap inlet filter or the soap inlet valve is clogged. If the soap inlet filter is clogged, you can remove it and flush it with water to unclog it. If the soap inlet valve is the one that is clogged, use a sharp needle to un-stick the ball valve. Also, identify if the detergent solution is too dense to pass through the detergent injector pump.
  • Oil leakage: Oil leakage is often caused by loose bolts or damaged seals. Find loose bolts/fittings and tighten them correctly. If you see any broken seal claim your warranty, do not try to open it.

That’s the common problems that may happen when using a water blaster. But don’t worry; there is not a single problem in this world born without a solution. Therefore, make sure you read all of the water blaster guides before using it or you can consult to the experts. If you need more information or help in using water blaster, do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you anytime.

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How to Thin Latex Paint for Spray Painting

Painting is a job when someone works for building construction. Painting is a duty, if someone paints their old house to renew the colour. However, painting is a hobby if someone likes to work on creative projects that involve painting stuff and working on its colour. Usually, we use a brush or a rolling paint to do that, but now with the more developing technology, painting made easy with the use of spray gun. Spray gun is also used for painting, but easier with glass-smooth finish. Today in this article, we are going to discuss about latex paint. Latex paint is one of the thick paints accurately being used for painting. However, when you use a spray gun for spray painting with latex paint, you have to thin it first.

When it comes to paints, there are two types of paints; water-based paints and oil-based paints. In short, latex paint is water-based so it is thick and hard to be used for a spray gun, whereas oil-based paints have no problem being used with a spray gun. That being said, now the whole new transformation of latex paint makes it possible to use it in a spray gun. Latex paints now contain new synthetic resins that go smoothly with water; therefore, it is now effective to be used with a spray gun or an airless spray paint gun. However, you may still need to thin your latex paint sometimes and to help you with it. Below is the list of stuff you may need for thinning your latex paint:

  • 5-gallon capacity bucket
  • Water
  • Funnel

Now that you know the stuff you may need, make sure you do a quick test to check whether your paint needs thinning or not. After that, let’s take these steps:

  1. Take one empty can and an approximately 1 gallon of paint.
  2. Fill half of the empty can with water, and stir the paint and water back and forth repeatedly.
  3. After that, add ½ gallon of paint again and pour the paint and water back and forth from can to can.
  4. While you are “boxing” several gallons of tinted paint to get the same colour and consistency, you can also add water.

…and that’s how you thin your latex paint! Here’s a piece of advice from us before you use your paint; it’s better for you not to use any additives while thinning a latex paint. By making sure that there is no use of these types of liquids in the paint, you can avoid any further issues. Additives are not the option when it comes to thinning paint probably because there is no effect of these additives on the latex paint. Simply put, the additives don’t have specific effects or use when added to the latex paint, and there won’t be any difference at all even after you add it to the paint. Using a spray gun is easier when you know how to use it properly. If you need more information about it, do not hesitate to contact us now and we will gladly help you anytime.

Should You Really Buy That Expensive Paint Sprayer?

Painting is sometimes considered as everyone’s job when it comes to painting their houses and stuff. It is important to paint some parts of your house every once in a while to make it stay “alive” with its colour. There are many ways to do a paint job especially for painting a part of a house. Back then, we used to paint using a normal brush or a paint roller only; however, as time goes by, there is also a way to paint using a paint sprayer or airless spray. Airless paint sprayer is a tool used for simplifying or speeding up the painting process that requires several gallons of paint, as well as painting that can result in glass-smooth finish on woodwork or doors. However, the problem is that the cost you have to pay for an airless paint sprayer is not cheap. This, of course, has resulted in many people questioning whether or not they should buy an airless paint sprayer. Well, should you? This article will help you get some insights on the use of an airless paint sprayer and help you decide whether you need to buy it or just rent it.

Aside from its expensive cost, there are things that should be considered before buying a paint sprayer. A paint sprayer might be a tough “additional” job for you to do, because the preparation is really a pain in the neck. You must fully cover every single little thing that you will not paint, because if there is one slip-up, everything will end up being “covered” in paint. Therefore, it requires you to have a great deal of concentration to make sure that you don’t leave out anything. Also, unlike normal paint that can be used for later, once you store paint in a paint sprayer, you have to use it immediately. If not carefully used, the sprayer will get clogged up and everything you have paid will be for nothing, because it will be difficult to clean. With that in mind, paint sprayers will not work well on small jobs and projects, since it will be time consuming for a limited time frame.

What to consider before buying a paint sprayer

It is very important for you to take these into consideration based on your project:

  • What kind of job or project will you be doing?
  • Is it a big project or a small project?
  • How long does it take for you to finish the project?
  • Will you be doing the same project again in the future?
  • Is the project only occasional? Or is it continuous?
  • How many people are involved in the project?
  • How many stuff or items that will be painted in the project?
  • Is it hard to paint all of those?
  • When is the deadline of the project?
  • What kind of items that will be painted? Are they fragile?

While it might be easier to use when painting, there are just some things that cannot mesh well with paint sprayers. For that reason, you should look at a different perspective based on your project. If you are only doing a once-in-a-while project, then buying a paint sprayer would just be a waste. You only buy a paint sprayer if you will constantly use it or that your projects require it all the time. If you only use it once in a while, then renting it would be a better choice instead.

Also, you need to measure your project based on how big or small the project is. Big projects usually take a long time to finish, while the small ones tend to finish quickly without having to use much paint. Aside from that, you should look at how many people are involved in this project. If you are working alone or together with a partner, but the project is big that it would overwhelm you, then, you might need a paint sprayer, but you do not necessarily have to buy it. Another thing to consider is the deadline of the project. If you need to finish a big project as quick as possible, then paint sprayer is definitely perfect for you. Again, you don’t necessarily have to buy it, especially if you are only using it for occasional events.

That being said, if painting is your regular job, then buying a paint sprayer would be wise for you, especially if you need to paint hard objects with rough textures. Not only will it paint faster than usual, it will also give an even coat with a smooth finish. However, if the paint job is only occasional, we would suggest that you rent a paint sprayer instead. Keep in mind that in order for paint sprayers to work, you have to make sure you are using it right and the preparation is neatly arranged.

Water Blasting 101: A Guide on Using Soaps and Detergents for Water Blaster

Cleaning is always the duty for those who own a property that needs maintenance. Unless your stuff are made with modern techy things that can make them dirt-resistant that will allow you to never wash them again; almost anything needs cleaning. Your house needs cleaning and most of your stuff needs cleaning too. Sometimes you might get tired of cleaning, especially if there is stubborn dirt that is hard to clean. Maybe it is not only you who gets tired of it and maybe that is also the reason why people invented water blaster for faster and more effective cleaning. Using water blaster for cleaning makes things easier to be cleaned. However, water blaster is easy to use if you know how to use it properly, especially if you also use soaps and detergents for the cleaning. Why? That’s because if you do it wrong with the soaps and detergents, it could cause potential hazards and risks during the cleaning. So, how do you use soaps and detergents when you clean with a water blaster? Keep reading this article to find out!

First, before we get to the cleaning part, let’s talk about the difference between soap and detergent. Even though soap is a type of detergent, soap uses natural ingredients such as fats and oil from plants and animals. The raw ingredients are combined with salts after they are processed down to fatty acids and glycerine with steam. Detergent, on the other hand, is made from chemicals which are man-made.

Soap or detergent: when to use for water blasting?

Well, that depends. Since soap is natural, it is biodegradable and can be washed down storm drains without having to worry about it. That being said, you must not use water blaster soap if combined with un-treated water like collected rain water because that is hard water, and it will form a calcium carbonate solid that you don’t want it to be left on the surface. Detergent, however, does not have this problem. You can combine natural soaps and synthetic detergents to form an efficient cleaning solution.

Cleaning using water blaster only, compared with cleaning using water blaster with soap or detergent is completely different and it is safe to say we recommend that you should clean with soaps and detergents. Why? Try cleaning it with nothing but cold water and then try cleaning it with warm water and soap and you’ll see the difference. Cleaning with detergent and soap and high pressured water blaster is the ideal way to clean any surface fast.

How a water blaster soap nozzle, injector and dispenser work.

Soap detergent can be put in to the water blaster’s water flow before (upstream) or after (downstream) the pump. You can only use some chemicals that can be allowed through the pump so the downstream injectors will give you more options.

You should use the downstream soap injectors with a soap nozzle. The soap nozzle enables the siphoning of the detergent solution from the detergent bottle into the pressure hose for application to the surface.

The types of chemicals used in the different types of water blaster soaps and detergents

There is a reason for manufacturers to label their chemicals based on their intended purpose and recommended surface. There are cleaners to remove dirt, sanitizers to kill most (99.999%) bacteria fast (less than 30 seconds) and disinfectants that kill all organisms slow (10 minutes). Here are the types of chemicals you can look at so that you know which one is more suitable for your cleaning purposes:

  • Vinegar is used for cleaning countertops, windows and polishing of surfaces from brass door handles to bronze heirlooms.
  • Citric Acid is used for concrete driveway and wood deck cleaning and stain removal.
  • Oxalic Acid is used for Rust removal and other cleaning.
  • Bleach is made of sodium hypochlorite and sodium hydroxide; it works as an aggressive sanitizer and disinfectant.
  • Sodium Hypochlorite is used for stain removal and powerful disinfectant.
  • Sodium Hydroxide is also known as caustic. It can be used for dissolving grease, fats and it also works as a degreaser for glass and steel.
  • Ammonia is common glass cleaner and stainless steel cleaner.
  • Potassium Hydroxide is used for making soft or liquid soap.

That’s what you need to know about soaps and detergents used for water blaster. Remember, as some ingredients and chemical substance used with water blaster can potentially harm your environment, including you, your pets and your plants, you must consult to the professionals or at least to the water blasting service provider before use. Also, check for guidelines and chemical labels before you start cleaning. If you need more information regarding water blaster, do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly help you.

How to Properly Use Electric Water Blaster to Avoid Any Accident

Cleaning nowadays is easier now that people invented better equipment for that. One of the equipment you can use for cleaning is electric water blaster. While the use is easy, sometimes people find it difficult to set up the electric water blaster itself. In this article, we are going to show you how to properly set up electric water blaster and use it correctly. Keep reading to find out!

Setting up an electric water blaster is actually easy and you don’t need any tools for that. Here are the steps for the startup procedure for an electric motor-driven water blaster:

  • Ensure the electric water blaster is on a flat surface and check to make sure if the water strainer is in place and there is no debris.
  • Connect a garden hose to the washer, and the other end to your water supply.
  • Start sliding the plug on the bottom of the gun assembly onto the other end of the hose to make sure the collar snaps into place.
  • Select the high pressure nozzle that works well with your cleaning task. In order to install, pull back the collar on the end of the gun and wand assembly.
  • Attach the nozzle and release the collar to ensure it snaps into place that can secure the nozzle. Turn on the water.
  • The electric water blaster and hose will fill with water, so it is essential to purge the system of excess air before you start the unit.
  • Squeeze the trigger on the gun. Now you are ready to start the motor on the water blaster. Plug it into a properly grounded outlet and make sure the GFCI is set. Turn the switch on the motor to the “ON” position. Now your electric water blaster is ready to use.

That’s how you use electric water blaster properly. Don’t forget to keep it safe at the right distance to avoid injury. If you need more information about water blaster, feel free to contact us and our team will gladly help you.

Shopping Tips before Buying a Water Blaster

When we own a house and important goods or stuff, it has always been our duty to keep them safe and clean. We have to clean them at least once in a while and it is even better to clean them in arranged or scheduled time; otherwise, our stuff might be covered by stubborn dirt or grime if left alone for a long time, and sometimes (and many times) it would even get tougher and harder to take off. For that reason, inventors developed the idea of creating equipment that would work well in lifting off all the stubborn dirt and grime, which, once launched, is called water blaster. Water blaster is one of the cleaning equipment that adds pressure to the water when used for cleaning. What makes it different than any other cleaning equipment is that water blaster can make it easier for us to remove those stubborn dirt and grime. However, sometimes it might be difficult for us to get the right water blaster due to the lack of knowledge on water blasters, resulting in product fail. Rest assured! This article tells you the tips before you buy a water blaster, so you can get some insights on the right water blaster for you.

How water blaster works

Water blasters use a gas engine or electric motor to power a pump that forces water at high pressure through a concentrating nozzle to blast away accumulated grime on surfaces such as decks, driveways, and patios as quick and as easy as possible.

Precautions before using a water blaster

Everything may have risks, including (or especially) water blasters. When deciding to buy a water blaster, you should already know that nozzles in a water blaster can shoot water at 30 to 80 times more pressure and have undeniably strong cutting capabilities no matter which spray setting you use. When the adjustable wand tip is set at its narrowest spray setting or you’re using the narrowest tip, a misplaced jet of water could land you or a bystander in the emergency room. Therefore, always use with caution, because it might cut you really deep if not careful.

Shopping tips

Renting a water blaster may be a better option if you want to skip the hassle of upkeep and storage, but in the long run, when you really get the hang of it and take a good care of it, buying water blasters will pay off all the troubles you have gone through in order to keep it. With that in mind, you can move on to the other shopping tips: the types of water blasters. For comparison, there are electric-powered water blasters and gas-powered water blasters. Both provide good cleaning techniques, but electric is more for small decks and patios that still requires cleaning chemicals to completely wash off the hard substance, while gas-powered water blaster provides higher pressure that can clean siding and driveways even without needing chemicals. However, it all depends on your cleaning jobs. There are water blasters that can be used for heavy duty cleaning jobs and there are some that can only work on small to medium cleaning duty. Also, don’t forget the nozzles! The dangerous part with water blaster includes the angle and focused intensity of the water that is being sprayed. This is controlled by the nozzle located at the tip of the water blaster wand. Water blasters vary from brand to brand. They are sold with either a set of color-coded interchangeable nozzles or an all-in-one adjustable nozzle depending on the task. However, make sure you choose one that can be adjustable.

That’s what you need to look for in the quality of water blasters before you decide to buy one. Make sure you adjust it to your type of cleaning first. That way, you won’t have to deal with water blaster failures that can cost you negative impacts. If you need more information about water blasters, feel free to contact us and our team will gladly help you.

How to Properly Mix Paint for Your Spray Gun

Painting may not be an obligation; it is a choice. Some people paint because it’s their jobs, some paint for fun, and others paint for a change of atmosphere. There are many ways to paint things; you can use a paint brush or a paint roller. Now with more developing technology, painting made easier with spray gun. Painting using spray gun is easier because it gives you the right amount of paint upon application, and ends with glass-smooth finish. Also, painting with spray gun can make the work faster and easier. However, some people just don’t know how to paint using spray gun properly. Well, it can be said that what makes the spraying fail to deliver the kind of result that we want is how properly we mix paint for our spray gun and how we operate it. In this article, we are going to show you how to mix paint properly so you can get the right the amount of paint when applying spray gun. Here are the steps you can take:

Select the type of paint

The first thing you need to do is choose the type of paint that can be suitable for the mixing ingredients, because it can affect the mixing of paint that you will be using for painting through your spray gun. You may already be aware that various types of paints need different liquids for mixing. The right paint mix will be formed if you follow the liquids that are required by each type. For example, if you want to blend latex paints, water would suffice for dilution. However, if you’re going to blend oil-based colors, you will need mineral spirits. Take note that paint thinners are made with only mineral spirits.

Some paints cannot be diluted with any mixer; therefore, checking the suggestions and instructions of the manufacturer is highly recommended before you mix any paint.

Wear the outfit that can protect you while you are spray painting

Never ever think about mixing paint while wearing regular clothes. Paints can release dangerous chemical fumes that can affect your health especially your respiratory system. Make sure you are wearing a face mask to protect your face from any damage and toxic effects. Safety goggles will also protect your eyes while you spray paint.

Strain the paint

It might be time-consuming for some people, but if you do this before starting, it will be more time-efficient since you won’t have to deal with clogs anymore. Straining the paint will help you get rid of impurities such as lumps in the paint. If you skip this step, there’s a high chance that you’ll have to deal with stuck clogs in your spray gun’s hose while spraying. You should strain the paint into a different container properly and carefully. By doing this, it can give you a beautiful and smooth mixture of paint perfect for spray painting.

Test the paint

Don’t just immediately mix the paint. You have to check the spray quality of the paint first. Therefore, make sure you have the test board to do some painting test. You can inspect and test the consistency of the paint if you spray it on the test board. Just put a little amount in the container of the sprayer and spray the paint on the board. See if you need to mix the paint with a thinner or not.

Mix, mix, and mix!

Start with adding a small amount of thinner or chemical to your paint to dilute it so that you can get the right mix. Bear in mind that you should be using the thinner or chemical that’s suitable for the type of paint you selected just as explained in the first part of this guide. If you are using oil-based paints, you should add a little amount of thinner to the paint to get the ideal consistency. If it is latex paints, you should add one-fourth of water for every gallon of paint. When the paint and the chemical are both in the bucket, stir without gaps.

Once you think it’s ready, start again by pouring the mixture into the sprayer and testing it on a board again. See if it needs more amount of water or thinner, and it indeed needs more water or thinner, you can add a little bit, we repeat, a little only, so you can test it out again.

Transfer the paint into your spray gun

Before that, make sure you have a high quality spray gun. While it might be expensive, it will give you better and smoother coverage, especially with the right mixtures. You might have to apply two to three more coats on the surface if a single coat of spray gun isn’t enough. Don’t worry; that’s completely normal. Everyone does that to achieve a flawless coverage.

That’s how you mix the paint properly before spraying. Don’t forget to clean the equipment after you finish. Leaving the remaining mixture of pain out in the open can harm environment and air. This way you can get the best painting result. If you need more information about spray gun, feel free to ask our team anytime.