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How to avoid machine breakdowns and performance issues

When quoting a spray job you will, of course, take into account you labour and material costs. The last thing you want are delays because a machine is not performing as it should, or wasted materials because of overspray or machine stoppages. Time and materials cost money! Here are Spray Plant UK we often see preventable issues occurring due to a lack of regular servicing and maintenance of machines.

Here are some tips to help you minimize breakdowns and keep your equipment in good working condition:


1. Regular Maintenance: Always follow the manufacturer's maintenance schedule and guidelines. Regularly inspect and service the equipment to identify and deal with potential issues before they become a real problem. If you notice any unusual sounds, vibrations, or performance issues with the equipment, address them immediately. Ignoring problems can lead to breakdowns.

2. Cleanliness: It is often difficult on site or when you are really busy to keep on top of cleaning your spray equipment – machine and components but residue buildup can lead to clogs, reduced performance, and premature wear of parts, which will cost you time and more money, than it would if you had cleaned your machine.

3. Proper Storage: Store the equipment in a clean, dry, and protected environment when not in use. Exposure to harsh weather conditions or extreme temperatures can lead to damage and corrosion.

This is also the same for materials. We know of customers who have not stored materials in the right way and had to dispose of thousands of pounds worth of paint and then buy new. Remember paint tins and their lids will expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold weather, breaking their seals.

4. Know how to operate the machine properly: Mishandling or incorrect operation can cause damage and lead to breakdowns. It can also lead to serious injury. Spray Plant UK offer training so please ask if you either wish to demo a new machine or would like training on a new machine purchased or hired. Health and Safety training can also be arranged, alongside our training partner.

5. Use Quality Materials: Always use high-quality paints, coatings, and cleaning solutions that are compatible with your spray equipment. Inferior materials can cause clogs and damage the machine over time. At Spray Plant UK we have a long relationship with materials manufacturers so can often advise if you are unsure. Buy cheap at your peril!

6. Monitor Fluid Levels: Regularly check and maintain appropriate fluid levels, such as paint, oil, and hydraulic fluid. Low levels or leaks can lead to performance issues or damage to the machine.

7. Lubrication: Keep all moving parts properly lubricated according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Lubrication prevents excessive friction and wear, which can again lead to worn parts. You can purchase lubricants via the website on this page.

8. Replace Worn Parts: Inspect all components regularly and replace any worn or damaged parts in good time. Using damaged or worn parts can lead to further damage and compromise the efficiency of the equipment.

10. Handle with Care: Take care when handling machines, especially delicate parts like hoses, nozzles, and spray tips as they can be easily damaged, affecting performance.

During transportation, secure the equipment properly to prevent any damage from bumps or vibrations.

12. Keep Manuals and Documentation: Keep the equipment's manuals and documentation handy for reference, troubleshooting, and to ensure that you have all the necessary information. These can also be provided by Spray Plant UK on request or via the website.


At Spray Plant UK, we understand how time consuming and costly a break downs or poor machine performance can be, that’s why we have a full technical service and maintenance department. Check out our services here. To discuss issues with your machine or book in a service, contact our team today.

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