Powerful Hacks and Tips for Water Blaster Cleaning

Today, water blaster has become so popular and is replacing many old cleaning methods. Its popularity can be understood, primarily because of its effectiveness in eradicating dirt and any other undesirable materials, such as old coatings, deeply embedded crystallized salt and other residue without causing any erosion damage of surfaces and machinery. No wonder this equipment is highly recommended for a range of industries, including airports, roads and highways, heavy construction, marine vessel maintenance, manufacturing and processing plants, power plants, pulp and paper mills, petrochemical plants, and many others. If you are looking for cleaning equipment for the type of industries mentioned before, you certainly need a water blaster for cleaning. Below, we provide you with some powerful hacks and tips for water blaster cleaning, which will be helpful for people who want to know how to use water blaster at its max.

  • Usually, people will use a small area to test out the water blasting first and if possible, somewhere out of site. Remember to always start at a slightly lower pressure than you might need. Then, learn how to control your pressure without causing any damage.
  • Keep a distance between your pressure washer nozzle and the surface at a good range and do not be too close. Having too close range will lead to a permanent damage and evoke your wife, boss, or client anger. The correct way to hold the nozzle is at least several feet away from the area that needs to be cleaned, since the close you are, the higher the pressure will be. So, you can point your water blaster closer to the surface and start to clean effectively.
  • You have to watch out for your cleaning techniques, as it will determine the result. For example, you can start washing from the ground up. Then, rinse off moving from the top down.
  • Moreover, for washing a house or a building, you have to remember that the order of cleaning is important. For example, you can start with water blasting the roof, then to the walls, after that, to the window. If you do not follow the order, your result will look messy and there will be high tendency that you will have to do it all over again.
  • Furthermore, you have to be careful when washing certain areas, such as windows, ceramic posts and post boxes. These items can easily get damaged once they get hit by direct water pressure. To prevent any damage, you can change nozzle and lower the pressure or take some steps backward.
  • Don’t aim your high pressure water at the eaves or soffits of building as it can easily lead to leaks, leave this job done by professionals.
  • If you are planning to use chemical detergent, you will have to leave it sitting for 5 to 10 minutes on the dirt before rinsing it away with clean water. Remember this: never rinse the chemical off before it dries.
  • Not all chemical detergents are suitable for cleaning all materials. Therefore, it is important to read the label and make sure it is the right one for cleaning what you want to clean. For example, there are some detergents that are designed to clean certain tasks, like a detergent designed to clean concrete, cannot be used on wood or vinyl, as it may eat away the surface due to its acidic nature.
  • To prevent detergent scale building up in the machine and hose, you have to flush the water blaster system with clean water. You can do this easily by simply standing the detergent intake in a bucket of clean water and run the machine with the pump nozzle or valve open for one minute.
  • Before storing your water blaster, you have to drain any surplus water. Furthermore, don’t let your water blaster freeze in near or sub-zero temperatures. To protect it from very cold weather, you can protect your equipment by flushing it with anti-freeze.

By knowing how to operate it at its max, hopefully you can gain more satisfying and cleaner result. Remember that water blaster is high pressure washing equipment, so don’t forget to protect your eyes and body with safety helmet and clothes.

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3 Top Things to Consider Before Buying a Water Blaster

For the people who work in construction, plumbing or hire industry, they might need water blaster to support their jobs, such as equipment wash down, surface preparation, building maintenance, drain cleaning and many more. However, since there are a wide range of applications to cover each purpose, it is important for you to know several things before deciding to buy a water blaster either for industrial purpose or as a part of your home appliance. Here are the three things that you might want to know.

Purpose of Using

First of all, you have to know what your planned applications will be. For example, will you use your water blaster for domestic cleaning, commercial contract cleaning or industrial wash down work? Will you use it daily, weekly, or only several times a year? Then, you should also know what kind of work you will be doing, whether it is for building maintenance, equipment wash down, vehicle washing, drain cleaning or cleaning up around the farm. Is it for an industrial one? Or you need a small yet compact or large and trailer or van mounted? Others like what kind of liquid you are working with, whether it is a hot water, cold water or chemical injection should also be considered. Understanding what kind of cleaning work you’ll be doing will help you choose the right accessories that you will need.

Source of Power

It is important to know how to operate the machine effectively, as it will lead you to have comfortable equipment that you are looking for.

  • Electric Pressure

Electric pressure washers work well for mid to light duty work. However, working with electric pressure will limit your reach, as your reach will depend on how long your electrical cord is, not to mention how this equipment are so dependent on electricity, so this thing sometimes may not be available, especially if you’re out on site where there is no electricity in that area.

  • Hot Water Pressure Cleaners

In general, hot water pressure cleaners tend to be hybrids where they are powered by electricity and also diesel. These will enable the machine to fire their burners and heat water up to your required temperature.

  • Boiler Units like the Firebox

Connect it to a petrol cold water pressure cleaner and generator will power it to create a hot water pressure washer.

  • Petrol Water Blasters

If your project is considered as a heavy project, such as cleaning around construction sites, farms or for building maintenance, petrol water blaster and diesel run pressure washer are ideal for you. With petrol units, you can have a free movement and enough power to do the jobs. If you are working in mining industry, then diesel is the only choice you might have, since it is the only power source that meets ‘minespec’ requirements.
Ideal Pressure

After knowing the right specification based on your project needs, now you have to figure out your ideal pressure range, since using too high pressure on something like wood, stucco or plaster work can cause both people and property in adverse situation, such as catastrophic damage by eating away at the surface of the item. Oppositely, having too low pressure on project that requires high pressure will surely waste your time, energy, and money, since it can perform the job properly. Therefore, you’d better learn to select a pressure cleaner that can fulfil your cleaning needs. Below are the three most common used pressures and flow combination:

  • Property Maintenance:3000 psi at 21 l/min
  • Surface Preparation / Graffiti Removal /Construction Site Clean Up:4000 psi at 15 l/min
  • Vehicles & Boat Wash Down:1740 psi  at 11 l/min on cars and boats to 3000 psi  at 15 or 20 l/min on trucks

Hopefully, after reading the information above, you can expand your knowledge about water blaster then finally find the right product for your project.

Learn 6 Spraying Slip-Ups and How to Avoid Them

Spray gun is widely known for its efficiency and speed. However, in most cases, people who use this paint tool for the first time need a little adjustment and a good amount of knowledge since this tool cannot operate well without a good understanding on how to operate it. If you are a new painter, you have to know several things about it which you can discover below. The first three have more to do with the material, environment and spray equipment, while the last three are more related to your spraying techniques.

Orange Peel

When finishing comes through the gun, the tip atomizes it into tiny airborne droplets. You will produce a pebbly finish, just like the surface of an orange peel, if those droplets are too large or too thick to flow out through during the drying process. To avoid this, you can use a smaller fluid tip on the gun, but the simplest way to sidestep an orange peel is to thin the material.

If you want to fix the orange peel, you can wait until the coat is dry, then sand it smooth and spray the next coat with thinner material. Sometimes, when you first spray water-based coating, the result will look like an orange peel, but if you let it dry overnight, the finish will usually flow out. The reason is because water-based coating has high surface tension water on the mix. This allows the remaining finish to flow out level during the drying process.

Foam or Air Bubbles

Even though it is not common in other finishes, foam does show up in water based coatings. Foam is actually a cloud of infinitesimal air bubbles trapped in the finish, usually caused by the spray gun agitating the coating, it looks like blush. To eradicate foam chemically, you can spray lighter coats, lower the air pressure and also, using a smaller atomizing tip can help.

Unfortunately, foam is not easy to remove once in the finish. To dissolve acrylics, you can use lacquer thinner to flow out the foam or you usually have to remove the foam-laden coat and start over.

In general, lacquer, shellac, and oil varnish/polyurethane won’t generally foam, but it will make quite large enough bubbles to see.  You can avoid it by spraying lighter coats or thinner material, but once they are in the finish, they are not easy to remove. Therefore, you will require the bubble-laden coat to remove it.

Blush

The best time to spray is in dry weather or air conditioner on humid days or a heater on cold, damp days. Moreover, to remove the blush, you can spray another coat or you can slow down the drying rate of the finish itself by adding blush chasers and retarders, which are usually available wherever you buy your lacquer.

Drips, Sags and Runs

You will likely produce more finish, sags, drips or runs, if you are stopping or moving the gun too slowly or going too close. As a solution, you have to keep the gun moving at the right speed and at the right distance from the wood so that the finish flows on evenly. To remove drips, you can let them dry fully, then sand, chisel or scrape them off carefully and recoat.

Overspray

Overspray is usually caused by spraying too far away from the surface or moving the gun too fast. If this happens, you can keep the gun closer or slow down a bit. To fix the overspray, you can sand the area lightly to smooth the area, and then respray.

Spray pattern

To know if your spray gun has any issue, you can check the fan pattern by spraying for a split second onto dry cardboard or wood. From the picture above, the first pattern is the normal one, the rest is a “dogbone” or “pear” shaped fan, which is the abnormal pattern.

Learning about how a product works is necessary, especially for getting the most of it. However, once you master it, you might think that the time that you have allocated to learn the product is worth it. In fact, you will get the best paint result which is much quicker and surely will save your time and energy.

3 Advantages of Using a Paint Sprayer over a Roller

In terms of painting for large areas, paint sprayer surely won over other paint tools as it offers a greater capability to distribute paint faster and larger. Besides, you can choose many different sizes, types and power ranges, as it is available in different sizes and very popular for its easy usage. There are more advantages that you can get from using paint sprayer; there are at least 3 more advantages, as follows:

Speed and Accessibility

As stated above, paint sprayers are much faster than paintbrush or roller. Furthermore, its tiny particles of paint can easily reach and cover every nook and corner of a wall or a piece of furniture that paint roller cannot. This is because paint roller shape makes it unable to easily access the corners of walls or small spaces. Therefore, you cannot force the roller in as it can cause scratches on the surface or splotches of wet paint. As a solution, you can use a paint spray to produce a fine mist that will easily reach hard spots and cover the surface evenly. However, keep in mind that you have to do a little practice before doing the real job, as this will help you have a good confidence and a stable hand.

Even Coating

For those who have used paint rollers might notice that paint rollers don’t always offer a smooth finish. However, this deficiency can be covered by a spray gun because paint particles form a fine mist, covering all surfaces it touches. Because of its ability, many painters prefer to use spray gun, especially for spraying paint or stains on furniture, stairs, and window frames.

This doesn’t mean that a spray gun can merely produce a perfect result magically. In order to get a perfect result, you should pay attention to your work. For example, if you spray too close together or there is too much of an overlap, you can get an uneven finish. In fact, the higher the sheen that the paint has, the more likely these buildups will show. Furthermore, you have to cover the floor, windows, and all trim neatly to avoid them from getting sprayed.

Variety

Another advantage that a paint sprayer can offer is the variety of its sizes and models for different purposes. Commonly, there are two most popular types of sprayers; they are the airless one and the air models. Air paint sprayers use air compression to eject the paint out. On the other hand, airless paint sprayers use pressure to push the paint out. However, air paint sprayers are more expensive, yet provide more even coating of paint as compared with the airless models.

Paint sprayers’ price can cost between one hundred dollars up to thousand dollars. So, you should choose the best sprayer you can afford. These devices are available in gas-powered, electric, or cordless types. You can find many types of paint sprayers available with a backpack and in portable wheel models. If your project isn’t big, you can choose a paint pump as it is ideal for small projects.

In the end, the success of your work does not only depend on how good or modern your painting tools are, but it also depends on how long your experience is and how excellent your skill is. However, using good painting tools will do help you finish the job faster and nicer.

Simple Tips to Compare Airless Paint Sprayers

Many painters believe that airless paint sprayers is the best tool to complete a quality painting job that is usually done with brush or paint roller. Besides, you can find paint sprayers come in many shapes, sizes and power modes, ranging from hand-held compressor gun models with bottle attachments, to standalone systems that have separate compressors and paint containers. Usually before buy one, users will evaluate many factors and compare the different models for their facility to finish a particular job done well.

First consideration that you should think about is the size of your painting project. If you are planning to do a large project, you may not find a compressor and bottle attachment in this type of sprayer system. Furthermore, bear in mind that the larger the unit the more expensive the product will be. It can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars but you can use it for very large jobs. Since the unit is big, you may need very large containers and a long ¼-inch pressure hose.

If you are using a thicker paint, you might want to use a piston pump, a vacuum-type airless paint sprayer to push it out. For instance, painting motor configurations can manage thicker paints, like stains, lacquers, oil base paints and latex without the need to thin the mixture. Smaller airless paint sprayer uses a hydraulic diaphragm to thin the mixture and pump the paint, typically using less pressure and smaller gun tips. This makes smaller airless paint sprayer is suitable for projects like appliances, fences, walls, and other smaller surfaces.

Generally, people use tip size that ranges from 0.017 and 0.019 diameter gun tip heads. With 0.017 tip size, you can produce a .34 gallons-per-minute flow rate, and a smaller fan pattern. It also has less horsepower, typically ½ hp verses the larger .019 tip size that produces 7/8 hp and has a flow rate of .38 gallons-per minute. More horsepower, larger gun tip size and larger flow rate equate to airless sprayers and as a result do the job faster.

The fan size also works the same, the larger the tip size, the larger the fan pattern will be. Remember to buy an airless with the longest available hose if you have to paint a project that covers several acres, or requires many bends and turns.

Moreover, you may need to consider the total weight of the airless painting system. With the right systems you don’t have to require an assistant to move the compressor and paint container along with you from one area to another area.

Knowing the Right Airless Paint Sprayers for Your Project’s Needs

Airless spray is terribly famous because of how fast it can complete your painting job compared with other painting tools. Moreover, you can find paint sprayers in a variety of shapes, sizes and power modes, ranging from hand-held compressor gun models with bottle attachments, to standalone systems that have separate compressors and paint containers. Therefore, a user should be smart in evaluating a number of factors and comparing the different models for their particular job.

First of all, you have to determine the size of the painting job you wish to complete. A standalone airless paint sprayers have stationary compressors, large separate containers and very long hoses. Hence, this type of sprayer system doesn’t have a compressor and a bottle attachment and is very much recommended for a very large project usage. Bear in mind that the larger the unit, the more expensive the price is. Sometimes it can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. You may also need very large containers and a long ¼- inch pressure hose.

In order to push thicker paints through the gun tip at higher pressure, you can consider using a piston pump, a vacuum-type airless paint sprayer. This makes it suitable for handling thicker paints, such as stains, lacquers, oil base paints and latex without having to thin the mixture.

If your project is smaller, then you can use a hydraulic diaphragm to pump the paint. It is designed to use less pressure and smaller gun tips which will surely fit smaller projects, such as fences, appliances, walls, and other smaller surfaces. To choose the right tip size for the spray gun, you can use 0.017 and 0.019 diameter gun tip heads. The smaller 0.017 tip size can produce a .34 gallons-per-minute flow rate, and a smaller fan pattern. For horsepower, you can use ½ verses the larger 0.19 tip size which procedures 7/8 hp and has a flow rate of .38 gallons-per minute. If you have more horsepower, then you will usually need a larger gun tip size and large flow rate produces more square feet and as a result, this does the job faster.

Now that you know the right airless paint sprayers for your project  which size or airless sprayer that you need? No need to hurry, as it’s better for you to make a careful and thorough decision. Make sure you choose the right and the suitable one for your project’s need.

4 Things You Should Know to Find the Best Spray Gun for Lacquer

Most of spray guns which are available on the market today are able to work with lacquer. However, not every product can provide you with the type of finish that you want. Therefore, we list you the top 5 types of sprayers that offer the best result for lacquer.

Types of Sprayers

  • AAA guns: If you are planning to work for large project, this guns work best. This gun is also known as air assisted airless spray. You have more consistency through less work per piece, which increases your overall productivity.
  • Pressured guns: This gun is the traditional application method. Other forms of pressure allow for consistent lacquer application. Besides, this tool also the best option for those who like to experiment with different materials and finishes.
  • Gravity feed guns: Presented with a smaller reserve than the other, Gravity feed guns come to be easier to clean. If this is the first time to use spray guns, you’ll find that they are so much easier to use. In fact, many people think that gravity feed guns is the best DIY option.
  • Suction feed guns: Although, this type of spray gun is not in the first list for lacquer, they can still be used by those who have perfected their spraying techniques over time.
  • HVLP guns: this type is one of the good choices for the DIY specialist when it comes to lacquer. To make sure it can apply the lacquer as desired in a consistent manner, one must be careful about the setup of the spray.

After knowing the five products that can be used with lacquer, there are many things that you should know, such as how to prevent the most common problems with lacquer and how to clean up the tools after usage. You can figure out more detail information below.

How to Avoid Common Problems with Lacquer

Remember that it is important to make sure any stains have completely dried before applying the sealant, especially if you have chosen the best spray guns for lacquer. In fact, 3 or 4 light coats of lacquer tend to work better than one very thick coat. A 320 fine grit sandpaper in-between the second and third coat will help to aid upper coats adhere better for a better overall finish. If a run should occur, shave it down with a razor after drying blade and then re-spray to fix. When spraying lacquer, make sure you use a completely horizontal movement and keep the spray gun moving at all times.

How to Clean Up After Applying Lacquer

There are two lacquer options that you can choose from: nitrocellulose or water-base. You can spray throughout the day with nitrocellulose lacquer, taking breaks in-between each application and clean only when you are finished. Detach the gun from the air hose, pull the trigger so the lacquer in the gun drips back into your cup, and then follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning instructions.

On the other hand, you’ll need to completely flush the spray gun with water for water-base lacquers. Put the leftover lacquer to the can and make sure to wipe off the parts to prevent lacquer buildup with the gun that could affect future results.

What are the Prices for the Best Spray Guns for Lacquer?

The price that you’ll pay will depend on the type and features that you’ll need. Some basic entry-level models retail for between $25-$50. The average price that most users can find is around $100 and often a bit less. Premium products for high capacity use can run as high as $300 for a professional grade tool.

By having deeper knowledge of spray guns for lacquer, you can determine which spray guns that will suit your purpose and price best. One thing for sure, best spray gun will always give your project the perfect finish, so make sure you choose the perfect one.