Many people have their own canister style grease guns that they use for many different jobs around the house including painting, cooking, cleaning, and auto detailing. However, not everyone knows how to properly use one of these handy devices. They are also great for cleaning your windows and removing wax from vinyl siding. In addition, they can be used for many different applications around the home including removing soap scum from shower doors and sinks, removing smoke and fire from a mattress, removing crayon from coloring and writing paper, and more. In this article I will give you some simple tips to clean the grease out of any grease gun, leave the air lock clean from any grease gun, and keep it primed long term.
First, you should never allow any type of thickening agent to sit in any type of grease gun. Thinning agents will damage the internal parts of the device and could possibly cause a fire. The grease gun may even spray a chemical into the oil to thin it out. You certainly do not want to have grease dripping down your floor while you are working on something. This is probably one of the most dangerous things you can do with these oily guns.
So how do you clean your grease gun if you don’t have a thickening agent? You can throw away the gun and save yourself the headache. If you’re not sure how to do this, then you can find many cleaners that can help you safely remove the grease from your gun. Most of these products have either a long or short filler hose that you attach to the canister or cartridge, and a thickener agent. They come in spray cans or you can purchase specially designed cartridges for your grease gun. Many times the manufacturer will provide the filler pump and canister so it will be included in the price of the product.
Before you start filling your grease gun with the grease you need, make sure you follow the cleaning instructions provided with the product. This is very important for the safety of yourself and your equipment. If there are any contaminants such as thinners or greases that you don’t allow to sit long enough before you are finished, then they can create a hazard for you or your employees. This might mean there is an unsafe condition at your work site that you need to address right away. This can put your business at risk, which isn’t worth it.
When cleaning the grease gun, you want to first unplug the motor or engine, and then turn off the engine. Remove the bolt or nut securing the oil seal, then pull off the cap. There will be a layer of greasy residue underneath the cap. If possible, use a wad of paper towels to try to remove as much of the oil or grease as you can. If you are in a hurry, you could use one of your old towels as an ointment or cleaner. It may take a couple tries to completely clean the gun, but do not leave it plugged in an open area where anyone can reach it.
Next, you will remove the gasket and needle from the pump. You may need to pull back on the stem to loosen it up. Once you have the gasket and needle out, you can disconnect the pump and remove it from the engine. You can also remove the gasket to get access to the oil pan and the old cartridge. If you are replacing the oil in the new cartridge, you should check to make sure the valve is closed before putting the new cartridge in.
After getting all of the old parts out of the way, you will need to assemble the grease gun. Start by putting the spring-loaded barrel into the pump, and then secure it tightly. You will notice there is a plate on the bottom of the gun that has two screws holding it in place, but you can remove these as well. Then you will attach the needle and plunger to the barrel and turn the cap counterclockwise to tighten the screw.
One last thing you need to know when it comes to cleaning your gun is the proper grease use. The only type of grease that should be used in a gun is the kind you would use to fill and oil a tire. You never want to ever use any other type of grease or fluid. Always remember this basic rule about greases and guns; never start a project without completing the proper grease gun maintenance first! Follow this advice and you will have many happy hours of work.