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Old 11-30-2019, 11:07 PM   #1
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My little Tritech is my baby. Grown really fond of it, I love my Lil' T7! The thought never crossed my mind, before. What should I do before I put it in the pole barn for the winter? Doubt I'll be doing any spraying over the winter. I could store it in the basement, but my wife doesn't appreciate it as much as I do. Maybe I need to make more money...She would appreciate it, or I could afford to keep the pole barn heated throughout the winter? Make more is probably the answer, but, it's too late in the year for that. I'll make more next year, I promise! So, in a pinch, what is the best way to winterize my little baby?
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Old 12-01-2019, 08:56 AM   #2
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It would be best if you kept it in your basement, but if you want to leave it in a unheated barn, run paint thinner or RV winterizing fluid through it. Window washing fluid for cars would work as well but make sure it's not summer fluid.
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Graco makes an antifreeze just for sprayers. But if you use it, be careful around pets. It can be deadly for them just like regular antifreeze. I have a a $2300 vet bill around somewhere to prove it.
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graco/asm, tritech make special pump storage fluid which is mostly proplyene glycol. You can use food grade proplyene glycol if you want to make sure its safe around pets. I just use the cheap car antifreeze. RV antifreeze is alcohol based.
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Thanks for the info. I ran mineral spirits through it, thinking that would work. I was second guessing that decision yesterday. Glad I asked!
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The storage fluids sold under the sprayer manufacture names are more expensive...$8.00/ qt is the cheapest I could find it. RV anti-freeze is about $4.00/gal, cheap thinner about the same. They all will work.

Thinner is cheap and what I always had on hand...so it's what I use.

I agree it's best to store in a heated environment if possible.
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The storage fluids sold under the sprayer manufacture names are more expensive...$8.00/ qt is the cheapest I could find it. RV anti-freeze is about $4.00/gal, cheap thinner about the same. They all will work.

Thinner is cheap and what I always had on hand...so it's what I use.

I agree it's best to store in a heated environment if possible.

proplyene glycol is a good option because its pet/food safe and water soluble. I try to avoid thinner because I don't like cleaning it out of the pump and disposing of it after.
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proplyene glycol is a good option because its pet/food safe and water soluble. I try to avoid thinner because I don't like cleaning it out of the pump and disposing of it after.
Don't dispose of the thinner...that stuff is pretty clean coming out of the sprayer and can be reused. We recycled our thinner for years. Good for the environment and the wallet.

I agree it's not as environmentally friendly as PG, but since already on hand it is more coveinient.

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Several years ago I attended a PDCA class about sprayer maintenance. The Titan Rep and a mechanic from a local repair company that were teaching the class both recommended RV anti-freeze.

Iíve been using RV anti-freeze in my pumps for about 5 years with no known issues. Even in the summer Iíll clean my pumps and then cycle some RV anti-freeze before I put them away.

The Titan rep didnít recommend leaving water in your pump for more than a couple days, because water can corrode aluminum parts inside your pump.


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Several years ago I attended a PDCA class about sprayer maintenance. The Titan Rep and a mechanic from a local repair company that were teaching the class both recommended RV anti-freeze.

I’ve been using RV anti-freeze in my pumps for about 5 years with no known issues. Even in the summer I’ll clean my pumps and then cycle some RV anti-freeze before I put them away.

The Titan rep didn’t recommend leaving water in your pump for more than a couple days, because water can corrode aluminum parts inside your pump. I always thought the alcohol in the RV stuff would dry out the leather packings.


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Not sure about titan but I don't believe graco pumps have any wetted parts that are aluminum. Usually they are stainless or tungsten carbide.
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To be honest I have no idea if they have any aluminum parts that are wetted? Iíve tried to take the advice that itís a best practice to not leave water in my pumps for long periods of time.


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Industrial grade tungsten carbide can oxidize . Jewelry grade tungsten carbide will not. I'm assuming pump manufacturers typically use industrial grade. I have seen rust on tungsten parts.
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To be honest I have no idea if they have any aluminum parts that are wetted? Iíve tried to take the advice that itís a best practice to not leave water in my pumps for long periods of time.


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A lot of the gun bodies are aluminum that's all I can think of.
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I was at that seminar! I still use the RV antifreeze in my pumps . And my RV 👍
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I was at that seminar! I still use the RV antifreeze in my pumps . And my RV 👍
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Hey Dan! I see you’ve been increasing your post count while I’ve been gone lol. I had issues with the mobile app for a while and I disappeared. Seems to work ok just on my browser
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I'm just curious, whatever happened to Jack with the urepairsprayer company, aka mrfixit?

Just wondering if his company went under or if he's still active here?

He also recommended RV antifreeze I believe...

I just use the 50/50 car antifreeze and just use the coolant jug for storage.
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Nice to hear that RV antifreeze is safe for sprayers. I would rather use that than mineral spirits or pay too much for the Graco branded stuff.
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I usually put a set of studded snow tires on my sprayers. Seldom do I need chains, but I keep a set handy, just in case.
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Would the same steps work on a pneumatic pump like a Merkur, Kremlin etc?
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