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Fix your "spitting" paint spray gun!

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During these tough economy times, good value at affordable pricing is a very important aspect for operating a successful business. The EZ Packing Replacement Seat is a revolutionary way to enhance the performance of a “new packing kit”, but most importantly, fixes a “spitting” paint gun immediately in the field and can be installed in 2 minutes or less.

Joe Simms, a professional painter himself, has been painting for over 20 years in Tucson, Arizona. In 2000, Joe became frustrated when his gun began to spit in the middle of painting doors with acrylic water-based paint. While this happens to every professional painter in the world, he began to think of ways to fix this problem while on the job just so he could finish the day’s work and go home. “There’s nothing worse than a spitting gun in the middle or near the end of a hard day’s job. Especially when you only have one gun to work with”, says Joe. In 2000, Joe began searching for ways to prevent and fix spitting guns from his home shop. “The reason for a spitting gun is that you have a metal needle striking a metal diffuser nut. If your straining techniques are not clean and consistent, debris will pit the needle causing it to spit.” Joe adds. A simple solution to the problem was to have a metal needle strike a specially designed nylon seat. Now you have metal striking nylon. Ten years later, Joe had the design and patent for his EZ Packing Replacement Packing Seat, his answer to fix this problem in the field. EZ Packing, for short, is a revolutionary nylon seat that fits snug inside the diffuser nut of professional Graco, Titan and Airlessco spray guns and can be used in conjunction with a new packing application and/or an existing or spitting needle. Tests have proven EZ Packing will allow up to an additional 500 gallons of paint sprayed before the gun needs to be repacked. EZ Packing will prolong the life of a new needle and we recommend installing one before spraying begins.

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Stops spray gun “Spitting”

No down time

Easy to install

Installed in the field

Takes less than 2 minutes to install

Saves money -25% of a “New Packing Kit”

Easy storage

Dramatically prolongs the life of a new needle

Gets the painter through the day

Does what we say it will do


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michele m April 8th, 2012 (#)

Fixing Paint Flaws-desperate?
My husband and I ordered maple cabinets. The doors are giving us fits bc we are so amateur at this. I did research and bought Wagoner sprayer and primed with PrimeLock. It was disaster. My husband sanded and reprimed then painted with Wagoner. We are using Muralo Waterborne paint that is latex. It can go over the Primelock. Results were not smooth. Half way through we bought 199 dollar sprayer (Graco) from SW. My husband has been down in basement all week sanding spraying, etc etc.

I inspected them and it’s a mess! I tried to be gentle, but he’s totally DONE and upset. We are both upset at prospect of messing up our beautiful expensive RTA cabinets (Conestoga). I have decided to go with distressed finish sanding the edges. This is really our only choice if we ever want to get done. I figure the flaws wont look AS bad this way.

I’m currently in basement sanding off some drips and over what paint guy called orange peel effect. I’m also going over edges where husband sprayed and it was set down on brown paper before curing. Ugh!!! I’m going from 120 or 180 grit up to 600 grit.

Here are my questions? After sanding, I see sand marks. Should I be going in one direction or in circles?
Do I have to respray the middle of cabinets where there are light sanding marks OR when I wipe on some expensive clear poly I bought from Woodcraft Store will it hide the sand marks? (I’m planning on wiping it on with clean rags 3-4 times to achieve smooth finish and not have to use sprayer).

Is there any way to avoid using the $$%^^ sprayer again? I just want to lightly use foam brush and paint on Muralo to edges where husband missed painting edge entirely or where I sanded alot of paint off to smooth the edge down.

I have gotten down my cake stand turner (acts like lazy susan) and if I have to spray, I was going to just spray edges with gun that way and sit cabinet door out to dry on top of a book. Of course it’s windy so the dadgum dust will prob get in it! I may have to bring it upstairs and open windows so we don’t get fumes and let it dry there.

Oh my this is a mess….PLEASE anyone with some advice on fixing these the easiest way come forth and advise. I am about to cry. I am so tired of this. We’ve been in kitchen remodel for over 6 months and I have a toddler. Help! Also don’t advise hiring it out bc we have NO money. Of course all we’ve spent could have been used to hire it out in first place- hindsight 20/20 and all. Ugh.

Thanks in advance for any help.
OK, I will die if I have to sand these suckers down to the bare wood. Thanks all for your advice. We used paint retarder/thinner in both primer and Muralo paint. Muralo is same as what professional around here uses. It’s BM and very dries level and hard.

To person who suggested we buy another sprayer- no money to do so.

Here is what I’m doing. I have dusted a gutted bathroom and taped off vent. I’m distressing each peice super carefully with 280. Then sanding using course all the way up to 600 grit. Took one hour for small drawer! I’m using tack cloth between the diff grits. I know have one perfect distressed drawer front laying in room to see if it gets dusty. I wet down room some. If it doesn’t get dusty, I’m going to go in there and use the wipe on poly on each peice and let dry sealed off from vapors. Hopefully not a fire hazard? On some peices with unpainted edges, I’ll have to carefully roll on or spray some paint before I do that peice. I hate this. I will never do again!

Anonymous April 18th, 2012 (#)

Graco TrueCoat paint sprayer HELP!?
I bought a truecoat cordless paint sprayer it worked great for about 2 hours then it stopped. it still makes the noise like it is priming but when i switch it to spray it just kinda spits out the paint it does not spray however when I put water in it to clean it out it sprays the water like nothing is wrong what do I need to do to fix this problem I have already tried taking it apart and cleaning the gun to make sure its not clogged someone please help

Ednaa April 30th, 2012 (#)

i have a graco airless paint gun and it sprays two line at each end. How do I fix this?

B Dizzle May 2nd, 2012 (#)

What do I do if my spray gun is not sealing after releasing the trigger?
I have a 2006 Graco contractor 2 series spray gun and when I realease the trigger it continues to spray for 3 to 5 seconds with a stream of paint lacing the wall on the last second! The gun gives me no problems sealing when I start spaying but after 10 seconds of use it goes back to not sealing so if I let the gun sit after spraying a wall it will go back to normal then 10 seconds after use it won’t seal right again? It’s very frustrating spaying a wall at a time and I know it’s not my tip because I’ve changed it twice! I don’t know if my packing are shot or if the inner function of my trigger is getting stuck but if somebody has had this problem can you please explain to me how to fix this problem! Thanks

Anonymous June 2nd, 2012 (#)

Clean nozzle with old toothbrush and methylated spirits,and check holes with fine wire to clear any blockage.

fireguy June 4th, 2012 (#)

If the gun is not clogged, make very sure, try to thin the paint and pour the paint through cheesecloth before putting it in the gun. Paint sprayers are very finicky. Thats why we leave them to the pros unless we have a very large job. With all the clean up and prep time, taping windows, ensuring proper ventilation, closing off rooms to avoid overspray, rolling is usually faster. Plus you want to back roll walls after spraying them anyway. Just to give them some texture. Otherwise the overlap areas can be visible.

anonymous user June 19th, 2012 (#)

They don’t make things the way they used to, do they?
It could be a defect, in which case, you may have answered your own question. The O-rings and plastic seals in your gun could be bad or dried bits of paint could be clogging it (there is another strainer in the gun, don’t run without it, it’s easier to clean than the gun). Try running MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) through it or laquer thinner or naptha, but chase it with mineral spirits, to see if that will help. If that don’t work, take the gun apart and clean it with MEK and inspect all of the seals and seats.
You didn’t mention what type of paint you are using, I’m guessing it’s latex on walls. If you don’t clean your rig thourouly when changing from latex to oil base paints, or vise versa, you will always have problems (it’s better to have a rig for each kind of paint, it’s a lot less trouble, and more time for more beers ). If you are using just one kind of paint, your rig doesn’t have to be super clean, although, I would suggest running a final rinse of mineral spirits through it after each job, no matter what type of paint you are using. Clean up with water for latex paints (I’m sure you know that) and chase it with spirits, especially if the paint contains linseed oil/Alkyd or a synthetic. Always strain your paint (panty hose works the best) and keep the pot covered, especially if you are working out doors. Make sure the strainer is on the pickup tube and is not damaged (cover the strainer with window screen).
Add Flowtrol to latex paint and you will have a lot less trouble (Penetrol for oil based paints, both will slow down the drying time, but you will have less mechanical trouble and a smoother finnish). Also, Flowtrol will keep the packings in the pump in good shape.
Don’t get me started on power rollers, they need a lot of disassembled cleaning at the end of each day.
Sprayers are enough trouble to make a person go back to brushing and rolling, I did, the over spray got me into to much trouble. Be careful.

Anonymous June 29th, 2012 (#)

Graco Magnum ProX9 Paint Sprayer sprays/pours paint even when trigger is not being pulled.?
I can spray a few strokes, let go of the trigger and then it has streams of paint continue to come from the gun even after I let go of the trigger? What could the issue be?

Anonymous June 30th, 2012 (#)

needs to be cleaned or the gaskets are worn out

Phil C July 2nd, 2012 (#)

DO it this way and you will be fine. Sand all coatings off the cabinets. I mean ALL coatings. Use an orbital sander or palm sander (make life a lot easier), your final sanding should be about 320 grit. Then use a Shellac Base Primer (I always use Zinnser BIN), I’ve never use Primelock before so I’m not too sure about that primer, I am assuming you are using PS7000. You can brush the BIN on, it drys very quickly (under an hour, usually about 30 minutes under the right condition) MAKE SURE THE ROOM IS WELL VENTED BEFORE USING BIN AND YOUR TODDLER IS NOT IN THE ROOM. The odor is very strong. Wear respirators if necessary. Then lightly sand BIN with a fine sandpaper, you just want to smooth out the surface in case there was dust or hair during drying time. Then you can spray on the paint. I HIGHLY recommend using an OIL BASE paint like Benjamin Moore Impervo or Sherwin William Pro Classic (I would also thin it out with Penetrol) or ALL Surface Enamel. Practice, Practice, Practice spraying on a piece of smooth board or sheetrock. The key is to spray few thin coats instead of one thick coat. Do worry if the first coat doesn’t cover all. Let it dry COMPLETELY before each coat, lightly sand each coat if necessary. I might take 5-6 coats. If don’t correctly, it should take about a week to week and a half to complete the project. Use a good quality brush (Purdy, Wooster, etc) for the BIN. Be Patient, don’t rush it.

You do not want to use a latex paint on cabinets because it WILL NOT last especially with a little one. Make sure you use a good sprayer, those $100< sprayer are for general spraying and not fine work. Make sure you are using the correct tips on the sprayer, ask your local paint store if you need help with that. You don't want to roll the paint because to will leave an orange peel effect and brushing will leave brush marks. The key is to get the sprayer to spray a fine mist. If your spraying yields orange peel, that means you are spraying a too thick of a coat or your paint is not thinned out. If you use my suggested method, you should yield a almost glass like smoothness. Good Luck.

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