How to Care for Your Graco Spray Foam Equipment
If you have purchased Graco products for your spray foam business, you have made a valuable investment. This brand is well-known for its excellent quality and longevity. There have also been continued advancements toward simplifying Graco machines and guns to make maintenance and repairs quicker than ever.
But even with great innovations, you can’t cut corners on regular maintenance. By taking care of your equipment, you can maximize its life and spend less on replacements.
Here’s how to maintain your Graco spray foam equipment to make the most of your time and money.
It Starts with Material Handling
- Watch out for crystals forming in the drum. As you apply spray foam, the level of material drops in the drum. This allows more space for air and moisture to enter the drum and increases the chance for crystals to form. To reduce the chance of this happening, use a desiccant cartridge to filter out the moisture that enters the drum.
- Be prepared for your climate.
- Contractors who work in consistently cold temperatures need products like the Powerblanket BH55RR to keep their drums warm enough so that the materials stay at the right viscosity.
- Hot weather and humidity can make materials prone to crystallization, which is why a high-temperature air dryer is important for contractors who consistently work in warm climates.
Maintaining Graco Spray Foam Guns
- Check for Moisture. Air Purge Guns need to be left on during its entire operation and routinely checked for any moisture inside that can cause blockage, just like in your material drum.
- Check the filter screens and clean them daily to remove any blockage.
- Keep the gun’s exterior clean. Use a spray cover to prevent materials to build up around the gun, and if it requires cleaning after the job, you can clean it with your preferred solution.
- Clean and lubricate the guns parts. After every work day, contractors should also clean and lubricate the gun’s parts. This includes the mix chamber’s main port. Staying diligent with this cleaning will keep the spray pattern consistent.
- Follow all start-up and shut-down directions for your Graco spray foam guns at the beginning and end of each day. If you have any questions about what’s required for your equipment, contact us at Intech.
One of the unsung heroes in the field is the heated hose. Too often is this valuable part driven over or dragged around. This inevitably causes damage and inconsistent pressure from compressed areas. But if the hose isn’t working right, you can’t apply spray foam evenly.
- To combat premature wear and tear during transport, invest in a Graco Hose Rack Kit that can properly store and transport up to 310 feet of heated hose.
- When you’re actively working in the job site, be extra careful to not run any vehicles over the hose. As tempting as it may be to cut corners to save time, you’ll be losing money from having to purchase a new hose too soon.
- Moving the hose safely should be a team effort. Don’t get one person to drag the hose around, but instead get two or more people to carefully raise it and move it away from any hazards.
Shop for Graco Spray Foam Equipment at Intech
As you can see, caring for your equipment requires great consistency and diligence. If you need any help getting the right lubricants and cleaners for your Graco spray foam equipment, contact us at Intech Equipment & Supply. We’re dedicated to helping you run a successful spray foam business.