You want to
impress your customers with a quality finish. You want to keep your
costs down and minimize pollution. You don't get these results with
a dirty gun.
New spray guns
are machined to very close tolerances. So proper gun cleaning is
an essential part of your business. Furthermore, EPA statistics
show that 20% of all VOC emissions from shops occur during clean
up operations. Manual cleaning techniques no longer make the grade
because they produce an excessive amount of air pollution and expose
painters to paint solvents.
More and more
shops are turning to enclosed gun cleaners to get the job done properly.
With proper use and maintenance, these cleaners reduce the amount
of thinner used for cleaning by 50%, saving you money in solvent
costs and waste disposal. Spent cleaning solvents from the unit
can be recycled, saving more money. Also, some suppliers provide
a low VOC gun wash to further reduce the harmful effects of solvent
emissions. Your painter can be more productive because enclosed
gun cleaners can save clean up time, yielding more time to paint.
There is one
more good reason to cleaning your guns in an enclosed system---keeping
ahead of the regulatory curve. Auto refinishing shops in the Greater
Vancouver Regional District (see GVRD below) now must:
- Use an Enclosed
Spray Gun Wash System or a Low Emission Spray Gun Cleaner for the
cleaning and maintenance of spray application equipment used in
spray coating; and
- Use low solvent gun wash.
in the USA mandate the requirement to use enclosed cleaners and
low VOC solvents. So switching your shop to an automatic cleaning
process will not only save you money, reduce pollution, but also
help you with existing or future regulations in your area.
Case Study illustrates how a 30-employee collision repair shop saved
$3,600 per year by using a gun-washing unit.
On line Calculator can help you 'do the math' for savings using
a gun cleaner in your shop.
Automatic Paint Gun Washer (U.S.)
Navy - Pollution Prevention Team