- Cleaning your machine after using it will extend its lifespan
- Always check the line striping machine's pressure settings
- Have your line striper serviced by professionals only
Line striping machines are expensive, so you want yours to last for many years. That's why it's important to keep them in tip-top shape always by maintaining and storing it properly.
But how do you maintain your asphalt line striping machine properly?
Find out below as we discuss 10 essential tips for keeping your line striping equipment in excellent condition.
Table of Contents
- Your owner's manual is important
- Make it a habit to clean your line striping machine
- Inspect the spray tip
- Check the line striping machine's pressure settings
- Lubricate moving parts
- Check your equipment's filters
- Store it in a secure area
- Calibrate your line striper
- Professionals only!
- Check the tire pressure daily
Tip #1: Read your owner's manual thoroughly
For many equipment owners and users, the owner's manual sometimes feels unnecessary. Many would likely toss it into the bin or place it at the bottom of a desk drawer and forget about it.
But an owner's manual is more than a sheet of paper with some diagrams and words in it. It's the first document you check for troubleshooting your equipment. It's also the best source of information on cleaning, maintaining, and storing your line striping equipment.
So before you start using your parking line striping machine, read your equipment's manual carefully and understand its contents. Familiarize yourself with the machine's components, recommended maintenance schedule, and any special instructions or precautions.
This will provide valuable insights into the machine's intricacies and help you establish a maintenance routine tailored to its requirements. Above all, reading your owner's manual will save you from headaches and hours of trying to
Tip #2: Clean your asphalt line striping machine after each use
Cleaning your line striping machine after using it is vital to prevent paint build-up in the hose, gun, and filters. Consistent clean-up also maintains optimal machine performance, so you can use it for many years.
But how do you clean your line striper? (Note: This is based on the Titan PowrLiner Line Striping Machines. For more information on PowrLiner machines, check out the video below.)
To clean the machine, start by performing the pressure relief procedure (this process is documented in your owner's manual).
Next, remove the spray tip and the tip guard, and put them in the right cleaning solution. For example, if you're using oil-based paint, then clean the spray tip and tip guard with paint thinner or mineral spirits.
But if you're using latex or water-based paint, then use water to remove paint from the spray tip and tip guard.
To clean the machine itself, start by turning the pressure control knob counterclockwise to its lowest pressure setting. Place the siphon hose into the container of paint thinner/mineral spirit or water before placing the return hose into a metal bucket.
Flip the prime spray valve to the Prime position and start the engine. Turn the pressure control knob clockwise and increase the pressure until the fluid comes out of the return hose.
Make sure to keep a firm grip on the return hose to prevent splashbacks. Allow the pump to cycle for about 30 seconds to a minute.
To flush any remaining paint in the hose and spray gun, simply squeeze the trigger and hold it firmly against the side of the metal bucket while moving the prime spray valve to the Spray position. This will prevent paint from splattering all over.
Turn the pressure knob clockwise to increase pressure while pulling the spray gun's trigger. Do this until all the paint is flushed out and the cleaning solvent runs clear.
Pull the siphon hose from the cleaning solution and continue to spray out the rest of the paint. Turn off the engine and flip the prime spray valve to the Prime position.
Always inspect and clean the rock catcher manifold filter and clean it. Place the gun filter in a suitable cleaning solution. Carefully remove any remaining paint in the spray tip and tip guard.
Finally, wipe down the entire machine using a clean cloth or brush to remove any residual paint or dirt.
Tip #3: Inspect the spray tip for damage and replace it if necessary
Inspect the spray tip regularly to ensure it is free from clogs or damage. Clogged or damaged tips can result in uneven paint application and affect the quality of your lines.
If the tip is clogged, use an appropriate cleaning solution or a cleaning kit to remove the obstruction.
Replace any damaged spray promptly to maintain consistent line width and avoid paint splatters.
Tip #4: Check and adjust the machine's pressure settings
Periodically check the pressure settings on your line striping machine to ensure they are properly calibrated. Incorrect pressure settings can lead to uneven paint distribution, overspray, or underspray.
If you're using an airless line striping machine in particular, check if it produces a tailing pattern. Check if the pressure is extremely low or if the spray tip is blocked with dried paint. You can also check the machine's spray gun filter and inlet filter. Make sure to use the right size of spray tip, too.
Tip #5: Lubricate moving parts
To keep your line striping machine running smoothly, lubricate its moving parts. Regular lubrication can also help maintain the machine's maneuverability and extend its lifespan.
Pay close attention to the pistons and any other parts specified in the manual. Use appropriate lubricants (such as the Piston Lube for Line Stripers) recommended by the manufacturer to ensure proper function and prevent premature wear or rusting.
Tip #6: Check your equipment's filters
Filters play a crucial role in preventing paint particles, debris, and contaminants from entering the machine's system. Regularly inspect the filters and clean or replace them as needed.
Clogged or dirty filters can also impede paint flow and affect the quality of your lines. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct filter maintenance and replacement procedure to ensure consistent performance.
Tip #7: Store your line striping machine properly
When not in use, store your line striping machine in a clean, dry, and protected area.
Exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture, and dust can damage sensitive components and reduce the machine's effectiveness. After cleaning the machine at the end of the day, make sure to cover the paint bucket with a plastic sheet to shield it from dirt and prevent paint residue from hardening.
Store any removable parts, such as spray guns or tips, separately in a safe place to avoid misplacement or damage.
Also, don't let the paint sit in the bucket and the system for several days to prevent it from hardening.
Tip #8: Regularly calibrate the machine
To keep your machine in tip-top shape, it is essential to calibrate it regularly. Check if it is dispensing the correct amount of paint by comparing the actual line width to the desired width.
If adjustments are necessary, consult the manual for calibration instructions or seek professional assistance. Regular calibration ensures that your machine is operating within the desired parameters and helps achieve consistent and accurate results.
Tip #9: Machine not working? Get it serviced by a professional
While regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your line striping machine, it is recommended to have it professionally serviced at regular intervals.
Trained technicians can thoroughly inspect and service critical components, perform detailed cleanings, and address any potential issues that may not be apparent during routine maintenance.
Professional servicing ensures that your machine is in optimal condition, reducing downtime and maximizing productivity.
Tip #10: Check the tire pressure daily
Before you head out to your first job site, make sure to check the pressure of your machine's tires. Refer to your owner's manual to know your machine's maximum tire pressure.
By following these essential maintenance tips, you can ensure that your line striping machine remains in peak condition, delivering accurate and professional-looking markings on various surfaces.
Regular cleaning, inspection, adjustment, and lubrication will help prevent issues, extend the machine's lifespan, and optimize its performance.
Remember to consult the manufacturer's manual and seek professional assistance whenever needed to maintain your line striping machine effectively.
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