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What do you do if you don’t want to invest a small fortune into an airless sprayer? The best compromise you make might just be on this Krause and Becker Airless Paint Sprayer.
What do you do if you don’t want to mess with the hassle of an air compressor?
With a built-in filter right in the gun and easy-to-use pressure controls, you’ll find that the Krause and Becker lightweight spraying option can help you get the job done pretty effectively.
Pros and Cons of the Krause & Becker Airless Paint Sprayer
- The paint pickup is made from stainless steel. This prevents a lot of the corrosion that can develop with heavy use on similar pickups from other brands. You get your paint or other medium in its pure form for a consistent result.
- The spray gun comes with a built-in trigger lock. You'll save time while applying your preferred materials and you'll save time cleaning – a definite win/win situation.
- The Krause and Becker Airless Paint Sprayer comes with a 517 tip, but we discovered that this airless paint sprayer does a great job with a fine finish tip as well. It works with a wide variety of tips.
- It works equally well with both latex and oil paint.
- The trigger lock can be somewhat tricky because you can accidentally engage it while painting if you're not careful, but makes cleaning up afterward a lot easier
- The O-rings can come out of your spray gun, especially when you're cleaning it out. You've got to take some extra care when maintaining this unit with those rings.
- Krause and Becker airless paint sprayer parts are hard to come by. We didn't have the need to locate spare parts during our trial run with this particular unit, but we did make a test run for sourcing materials in case we did.
- The gallons per hour rating is a little confusing. The 5/8 HP motor can give you an application of up to 18 gallons per hour of paint, but that's only if you're using the maximum settings. You can adjust the pressure down to 1000 PSI and if your 25 foot hose is fully extended, you might have that GPH rating cut by up to 50%.
- It isn't a good indoor machine. You'll want to primarily use this item for outdoor projects unless you have a dedicated workshop with extra interior space to accommodate any overspray.
Tips for Using Your Krause & Becker
- We recommend that you use silicone lubricants on the O rings instead of petroleum ones to avoid some of the issues that users have been noting with this particular sprayer
- Finding gaskets can be particularly difficult, so keep this in mind if you're thinking about a purchase
- You'll need to sweep a bit faster with your paint if you’re pulling it straight from the bucket, but that also means you'll be painting even faster than you expected
- With finishing tips, make sure you thin down your paint
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How to Clean Your Krause and Becker Paint Sprayer
Makes sure to clean your paint sprayer immediately after each use. Not only does this make sure that your airless paint sprayer will last longer, but the warranty is void if you don’t clean it.
Cleaning your airless paint sprayer means taking some time and following the instructions below:
- Relieve pressure and drain paint from tubes
- Separate tubes, and place return tube in garbage
- Submerge suction tube in water/flushing fluid
- Unthread spray tip and remove
- Turn to spray mode then switch on power
- Spray paint into paint pail changing to waste bucket as paint thins
- Turn to prime mode and continue to flush until clear
- Release trigger, turn power off, and relieve pressure
- Remove trigger guard from housing
- Unscrew nut and remove filter
- Clean all parts in warm, soapy water or flushing fluid with a bristled brush
Long term storage cleaning is a different procedure and fully detailed in the manual below starting on page 18.
For a hands on look at cleaning and taking the Krause apart, check out the short video below.
Troubleshooting your Krause & Becker Airless Machine
When your Krause and Becker airless paint sprayer won't prime, it could be a simple issue.
- Make sure to turn the prime/spray switch to Prime Mode
- Also make sure that power is turned on and the unit is plugged in
- Don’t forget to adjust the pressure control knob to the Prime/Clean setting
If you didn’t clean your unit thoroughly enough when you last used it, and you can hear the pump running but no pressure is building, try checking the upper and lower ball and seats of the airless pump.
There could be built up material. Remove them and clean it properly. Also check if they are worn.
Make sure to check your siphon hose to see if there are any holes and to make sure it is tightly secured.
Along with our instructions, the How to video below is super helpful in diagnosing and repairing any issues with this Krause Sprayer.
Krause and Becker Manuals
Here is the manual for the Krause and Becker airless paint sprayer, direct from Harbor Freight, the manufacturer of Krause & Becker Paint Machines: Click here for the Krause Manual.
If you are looking for a manual for a different type of paint sprayer, check out www.manualslib.com. There are 1,000's of manuals for all of your equipment needs.
Krause and Becker Airless Paint Sprayer Parts
Harbor Freight, which manufactures the Krause & Becker line of spray paint products carries some replacement parts.
If you are having difficulty finding Krause & Becker parts, the good news is that many of the parts such as O rings and sprayer tips are interchangeable with other models of paint sprayers such as Titan ControlMax 1700 and 1900 and Graco Sprayers.
Just consult the manual link above for specs when looking for replacement parts.
If you are dropping some serious coin on an airless paint sprayer, make sure to keep your receipt and take advantage of the warranty, if required.
For warranty issues, you would contact Harbor Freight. The Krause and Becker website for contacting them about your sprayer is www.harborfreight.com.
For a cost-effective airless solution, the Krause and Becker Airless Paint Sprayer does a pretty good job for most exterior needs.
If that is what your next project happens to be, then give this sprayer a second look and we don't think you'll be disappointed by what you see.
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