Proper storage of your airless paint sprayer is critical to its overall life and
can keep maintenance costs down. There are various methods for storing paint sprayers;
different routines for various types of paint sprayers, numerous techniques for different
time lengths of storage, a variety of methods for different spray materials.
In virtually all cases, the product to be used as a pump preserver is used ONLY
in the pump; do not run the material through the hose and gun!
There are several pump preserver / protectant products available,
we primarily use; Graco Pump
Armor, Titan Liquid Shield, mineral spirits and mineral spirits with engine oil.
Some paint sprayer storage products also protect against freezing and most of those
These instructions are geared towards Graco Contractor Series Airless
Paint Sprayers such as; STX, 390, Ultra, Ultra Max, Ultra Max II. If you have a Graco
Magnum Series airless paint sprayer other than the 190ES, please disregard the portions
referring to Throat Seal Liquid.
This guide is not a replacement for your airless paint sprayer manual
Use standard safety precautions such as wearing eye protection,
grounding equipment when using flammable materials and please dispose of waste material
properly. See more about airless paint sprayer safety.
|If your airless sprayer will be subject to freezing temperatures while being
stored, choose a pump-preserver that will not freeze!
We recommend; mineral
spirits or mineral spirits & oil or Pump Armor (use full-strength to protect
down to -30Â° F)
Thoroughly clean your airless
sprayer prior to storage!
Using Pump Armor or other pump preserver - preserving
It really depends on who you talk to when it comes to preserving
an airless sprayer. Even some sprayer manufacturers have different steps or methods
depending on which manual or manual version you read.
Here's a basic way with two possible endings
Clean / flush the sprayer gun and tip with the solvent of
the material you are spaying; latex = water, oil-base = mineral spirits
Turn the sprayer off
Relieve pressure using the gun in "spray" mode.
Remove the bucket of solvent/water from intake tube letting
the tube drain/drip for a bit to get excess water/solvent out.
Turn the knob pressure way down.
Put the sprayer in prime mode
Place return tube in waste container
Slowly place intake tube into the Pump Armor container
Turn on the sprayer
"prime it" (run sprayer until the blue Pump Armor liquid is
coming out of the return tube)
(here's where things can really vary)
I put a 1 Qt Ziploc bag over the intake and return tube and
use either a thick / wide rubber-band or bigger diameter one that I can double or
triple loop to hold it / seal it. I have even heard of people putting a bag on each
Relieve pressure? Some say yes some say no. Just don't dump
the prime valve to relieve pressure.
Long term storage; Some say leave the hose and gun on and
run Pump Armor through them too.
Some say after relieving pressure, remove the hose and gun
and drain it. Then take the tip and guard off the gun. After that while holding the
gun upside-down with the trigger pulled, pour (or by other means like the straw trick)
get Pump Armor into the gun inlet unit some comes out the spray end. Release trigger
then place it, the guard and the tip in a sealed bag (Ziploc freezer bag?) with a
splash of Pump Armor. If you use this method you should also seal the hose fitting
on the sprayer similarly. This method uses much less Pump Armor.
If you want to be really technical about things; stop
the sprayer during the down stroke so the rod is all the way into the pump.