The new, specialized electric spray gun from Scorpion is a valuable tool for improving your truck or other vehicle. Designed specifically for use with spray-on truck bed liners and other protective coatings, the spray gun is ideal for DIY enthusiasts and professional applicators alike.
Benefits of Using a Spray Gun for Truck Bed Liners
Spray-in bedliners offer superior protection over the old drop-in liners on several counts. Many drop-in liners fail to achieve a close fit with the truck bed, leaving small gaps that are easily penetrated by rain, condensation, dirt, and road gravel. The result can be progressive damage to the truck, like rust, scratching, and eventually holes that are hard to detect until the problem becomes serious.
Using a spray on bedliner yields a perfect fit every time, providing years of protection and preserving the truck’s value over the long term. The new electric spray gun design ensures a smooth, uniform spray, and the flexibility to mix different colors and textures for a customized look. The right texture also makes your truck bed more efficient, whether you require a smooth surface for easy slide-out of heavy loads, or a rough surface to create a non-slip benefit.
Once you’ve made the choice to go with a spray-on liner, you just need to decide whether to use a professional shop to apply it, or go the DIY spray on bedliner route. If you are looking to start a small business or grow an existing one, adding spray-on truck bed liners is easy, especially with a spray gun set-up, and personalized coaching from Scorpion Coatings. The system offers the same benefits whether you are an individual truck owner or a business owner, including:
• Minimal initial investment
• No need for an air-compressor
• Adjustable settings
• Okay to use with other coatings and paints
• Less overspray than old air gun systems, so less waste
• Easy-to-mix prepackaged materials that you pour into cup, then screw cup onto gun
• Easy to clean and reuse
Among the features that make the electric gun so appealing are a large capacity cup to hold the protective coating or paint (up to a gallon), an adjustment ring to control the spread of the spray pattern, an adjustable power dial to enable very precise control of the flow, and additional controls that adjust speed according to the size of the project.
Professional applicators can choose from different volume sizes and types of spray gun, ranging up to large, pneumatic spray guns with a seven-port nozzle and a 2.5 gallon capacity. The large volume gun can be adjusted using a mini-hopper with 2.5 quart capacity for small projects or spaces. Using an electric gun without an air compressor has decreased the levels of waste so dramatically for large-scale users, like car dealerships, that it’s not uncommon for them to save many thousands of dollars per year. On a smaller scale, the savings are comparable. What DIY truck owner wouldn’t love to save hundreds or thousands of dollars by reducing waste?
Before you start a paint or spray project, be sure to follow some commonsense, basic safety rules, such as:
• Wear protective gloves
• Wear safety glasses
• Wear a protective face mask or respirator
• Cover surrounding surfaces with an appropriate drop cloth or plastic sheets to avoid messy drips and overspray
More Uses for the Electric Spray Gun
The lightweight, powerful electric spray gun can handle a variety of spray projects, including painting large surface areas like walls, spraying protective coatings on your auto, or staining a home deck. Enjoy all the same advantages and benefits, like a lower initial cost, saving on reduced waste and oversprays, no need for an air compressor, and fast, easy clean-up.
A How-to Guide for Cleaning Your Spray Gun
The electric spray gun is carefully designed to make cleaning fast and easy, without the need for dangerous chemical solvents. Made from high quality plastics, each part in the spray gun assembly is easily removed for cleaning. Follow some simple step-by-step instructions to clean your gun after each use, and you’ll be ready for the next bed liner spray project when the time comes.
Cleaning is a two-stage process, which saves you time and effort in the long run. First, spray out any leftover product to drain the cup. Then you are ready to unlock and separate the spray head assembly. Press the latch below the trigger to unlock it, then remove it from the turbine. Next, remove the cup and place it to one side. Let it sit overnight, allowing residues and excess material to become stiff and hard. The next day, you will be able to simply peel out the dried product left inside the cup.
Perform a similar two-step process with the drawtube assembly, which you will remove after the spray head. First, wipe down the drawtube assembly with some denatured alcohol on a clean cloth. Do the same thing with the nut, air screen, air cap, and nozzle from the spray head assembly. Let it sit overnight with the nozzle pointing down so that excess materials will safely drain out into a cup. When the material is dry, you can remove the trigger mechanism, which requires several steps, and that will enable you to remove the shaft pin and spring. Again, peel off any remaining dried material. Then, remove the o-ring from the shaft tube and peel away the dried residue.
Now you’re set to reverse the process and reassemble all cleaned items. Start by replacing the o-ring onto the shaft tube, then attach the spring to the shaft and replace it in the shaft tube. Next, reassemble the adjustment ring in this order: the nut, air cap and screen, and then the nozzle. Now you can attach the nozzle assembly onto the spray head assembly, lining up the nozzle and shaft precisely without forcing (which could crack the nozzle—not a good thing).
Finally, insert the shaft pin into its slot and replace the pin caps (both of them), and then slide the trigger mechanism over them. The caps can easily be aligned into the slots on the trigger, and the hinge tabs will fit smoothly into the trigger hinge guide. All that’s left is to replace the draw tube assembly, and then the spray head assembly, and now you’re ready for your next spray project.