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Old 08-14-2011, 07:35 PM
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You know, I'd never tried the stuff. I think, in my head, if the name sounds homeowner-ish, I pretty much just stay away. And brush cleaner sounds too generic to be useful. But this morning I was in Blowes and walked by the can and thought you know, it has been a long, long time since I gave the airless (the one I use the most) a good cleaning. And the valve that diverts pressure from the primer tube to the gun is fickle. And in about a week, I'm going to be doing a good bit of spraying, and I'm going to care - a lot - about the end results. So I got some.
Good intuition. When I started filling the thing up, the valve was stuck enough you could move the lever but the fluid still kept pumping out of the primer tube. So I let it sit. Ten minutes later, run it a little. Let it sit. Repeat.
I'm a little amazed to say the stuff really worked like a charm. As good as MEK without the cancer. I think. It certainly smelled a lot better. After I flushed the pump out, cleaned the gun, the filter, got the whole valve sparkling down inside there, I ran all of the waste through a mesh filter just to see what all I got. About a quarter cup of solids stayed in the mesh. Amazing.
You can clean and clean on a regular basis, but that tiny bit of sediment that sticks between uses adds up.
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:24 PM
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Definitely agree. I got some once to try it out and worked very well on some brushes that were in decent enough condition. I had an old brush with hardened varnish (I think) on it. Just the very very tip of the bristles could move a bit, so I kept it to clean out small grooves. I soaked it overnight in Brush Cleaner and it was literally like new. Whatever finish was on the brush had been there over a year.

Use in a ventilated location with wind cuz that smell can give you a headache in minutes (to me anyway).
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:43 AM
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Randy, thanks for the info!
When flushing the gun after spraying (some thinner in the cup and spray through method) I always wonder where people do this. Do You spray it into an extractor and filter, or something else?
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:33 PM
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Okami, here in Nebraska, we just dump it in the neighbor's yard.
But seriously, I have a waste bucket I usually put it in.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for the tip, Randy!...They should give you a commission.
Or HAVE they?????.....




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