Five Signs Your Titan Sprayer Might Need a Tune up

Five Signs Your Titan Sprayer Might Need a Tune up

December 24th, 2017
Eric Emin Wood

Titan has a solid reputation of delivering sprayers that are built to work hard, live long and deliver a perfect finish. Developed with the latest fluid handling technologies, Titan’s sprayers ensure ease of use and dependability to make sure contractors get the job done right, every time.

But even the best of the best need a little TLC every once in a while. Maintenance, and performing it correctly, is a reality for any piece of equipment to make sure it continues to meet (or exceed) expectations. Contractors know all too well how frustrating it can be to have a piece of equipment fail on the job, and problems that could have been avoided with regular maintenance only add to the frustration. 

Here are 5 ways to know if your Titan sprayer might need a tune up to ensure you know what to do with a repair is needed so you can back on track as fast as possible. 

Your Sprayer Won’t Start Up

It’s pretty simple: you can’t do too much if your sprayer won’t start up. There’s a number of factors that could be contributing to this issue, including: 

  • The machine’s not plugged in or switched on
  • There’s a blown fuse in the circuit
  • Your power source has the wrong voltage
  • A switch is broken
  • Problems with the motor

Solving this issue depends on using the process of elimination to find the cause of the problem. Broken switches and motor problem, however, may require professional help.

Your Sprayer Won’t Prime 

This is a common (and incredibly frustrating) issues for almost all sprayers. Generally, the problem is caused by a debris build up that causing a decrease or cease of paint coming out of the hose. Debris can be a range of materials, such as grass, dried paint or gravel. 

Here’s how you can fix this issue:

  • Remove the retention spring from the base of the hose. Most blockages occur around the internal steel ball, but it’s smart to check the hose itself, too.
  • Use a thin instrument, such as a flathead screwdriver or pliers, to pull the blockage out
  • Put your machine back together and test it 

It’s also smart to consider training other employees how to fix this problem, since it’s a more common issue and doesn’t take much effort to correct. 

Your Gun is Spitting (or There’s a Pressure Issue)

If you’re experiencing problems with low-pressure or pressure inconsistencies, the root of the issue might not with the fluid section, but instead with a faulty filter. 

Titan sprayers have two filters: one of the gun and one on the pump. We suggest having a look at both. 

On most Titan sprayers, you’ll find the pump filter under the machine. Unscrew the filter housing to reveal the pump, which can then be released by using a screwdriver clockwise. 

Cleaning the filter will work a few times, but there will come a day when the filter will need to be replaced with a fresh one (Bolair can order you a new one). 

Don’t forget to add packing lube when you’ve re-installed the filter to keep it from seizing up. 

Your Spray Pattern is Inconsistent 

Inconsistent spray patterns can cause a serious problems to the quality of your job and waste material. Spray pattern issues can pop up from a number of common causes, most of which are related to the spray tip. 

Dripping caused by a worn out or blocked tip: clean the spray tip to remove any dried paint or other debris. Each paint is cleaned by a different solvent: 

  • Latex: Water
  • Oil-base: Mineral Spirits
  • Lacquer: Lacquer thinner 

If your issue persists following a thorough cleaning, it might be time for a replacement. It’s quite simple to know if your tip is worn out. If the oval shape looks more like a circle, or when you’re experiencing gaps in the middle and gaps at the edges of your spray pattern, it’s time for a new gun tip. 

You’re Getting Shocked While You’re Spraying 

We don’t need to elaborate much on the dangers of being electrically shocked while spraying, but there are two reasons it could be happening: 

  1. Your machine isn’t grounded
  2. The metal object you’re spraying isn’t grounded 

The first thing you should do is check your extension cords because they have the highest risk of being faulty. It’s also smart to have a look at the house circuit, especially in environments you’re not familiar with, such as new builds.

We suggest using caution when spraying on metal objects, especially if they’re not grounded. To solve the problem and reduce your risk of electric shock, you can use a grounding cable on the object you’re spraying. Read up on proper grounding techniques to make sure you’re as safe as possible when spraying on metal.

If You’re Unsure, Ask a Pro

While the issues we’ve outlined (and solutions provided to help you solve them) are quite common, it’s always a good idea to reach out to a fluid handling or spray equipment professional to diagnose any issues you might be having. Bolair has over 35 years of experience passing expert fluid handling knowledge onto contractors and manufacturing professionals in the field to make sure they’re getting their job done right, every time. Don’t hesitate to reach out today to see how we can help you with your spray equipment needs.

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