How to Clean Your Spray Gun When Using Water Based Paints and Products | Video Tutorial
Hi, creative friends! Do you love shooting paint but hate cleaning your sprayer? Last week in the comments, Kathy W K asked me how I clean my paint gun and what products do I use? Today I’m sharing how I clean my spray gun when using water-based products. I’m also sharing a big NO-NO when it comes to cleaning products and what to do with your gun in between coats so you DON’T have to clean it. Believe me, it’s a huge time saver!
For those of you who don’t spray, I have a take-two on an Ikea dresser I found exactly one year ago and I’d love to hear which version you like best. 😊
Here’s what the dresser looked like originally. It’s a twenty+ year old IKEA Narvik Dresser with the original bunt feet.
You may remember this dresser from last October. I had stenciled the entire piece in a bold black and white design and added hairpin legs. It hasn’t sold yet because I never listed it. I was three knobs shy of a full set.
It says a lot that I’d rather paint an entire dresser all over again rather than head out to buy three matching knobs, right?
Here’s the restyled look…
I’m guessing this gorgeous color with this sleek finish might sell a little faster anyway.
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HOW TO CLEAN A SPRAY GUN
This one’s for you, Kathy! 🙂
As I work with water-based products (paints & topcoats) my main source of cleaning my gun is with water, brushes, and elbow grease. I’ve had the same sprayer since 2013 and it still works amazing. When I first got it, I was clueless about how to properly clean it. I found a video explaining that using solvent-based cleaners with a waterborne gun/products can clog and cling some of the paint to the gun because the two should never be mixed. I’ve included this video in the Related Posts below if you want to see the two different results. It’s a technical video but very informative.
A spray gun cleaning kit is helpful. They are inexpensive and make the task much easier. But as you’ll see in the video, you can also use really inexpensive tools from the dollar store. Like wire brushes, toothpicks, and rubbing alcohol.
Here’s the full video tutorial. If you have any trouble viewing it in your browser, feel free to click on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
- Empty paint cup of leftover product
- Fill paint cup 1/3 with water (with lid) and shake to loosen extra paint
- Repeat while spraying until the spray runs clear
- Block the air holes and reverse the airflow up into the cup to loosen the paint on the inside
- Remove and clean the cup with a brush removing ALL paint
- Take apart the gun and clean each individual part with a brush and Dawn if necessary
- Let the parts dry and reassemble
BONUS TIP ~ I don’t empty my spray gun between coats of paint or between coats of sealer. All I do is use some water and a brush to clean off the nozzle. Then I wrap it in plastic wrap and/or a plastic bag. It’s the same concept of wrapping a paintbrush in plastic between uses. So long as the air can’t get to it, it won’t dry out. You can come back in an hour or so to spray your next coat. This saves SO MUCH time!
BONUS TIP#2 ~ Use household rubbing alcohol to clean off stuck-on paint on your spray gun. Rubbing Alcohol will also clean your paint-splattered clothes too!
Here’s another look at the before and after…
I HOPE YOU’VE FOUND THIS HELPFUL. LET ME KNOW WHICH VERSION OF THIS DRESSER MAKEOVER YOU PREFER. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR TIPS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Spray Painting friends!
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