Quik-Coating Maintenance

“We love the coating equipment and the process except for one issue. When the unit sets for a few days, the A side pump is frozen and won’t pump. What’s going on here?”

Every piece of equipment needs maintenance. Let’s take your car. You hop in, turn the key, shift it into gear and away you go. But every so often you need to maintain the fuel level to keep it running whether it gas, diesel or electricity. Additionally the car requires you to change the oil every so often, add air to maintain a proper level in the tires, change filters every so often and grease the chassis to prevent wear points. The same applies to all the equipment you use in the drain cleaning and plumbing industry. Properly maintained tools perform as designed while those that dull, or aren’t cleaned, or stored properly won’t perform when pulled out to be used the next time.

The Quik-Coating equipment has a few items to maintain and two of them are critical to the operation of the equipment. The resin is made up of 2 components, A & B.

Poly Urea Resin
1:1 Poly Urea Resin

The A side is susceptible to cold and moisture. We pack the Cubetainers with the A part and top off any space in the container with nitrogen. Nitrogen displaces the moisture and any oxygen. Moisture and oxygen cause the A side to form crystals and left untended for any length of time these crystals form and gum up the gear pump and the hoses. If you use the equipment daily, there is very little worry about these issues, but if left, even for a few days between usages, crystallization begins. If storing for a few days we suggest disconnecting the blue and red hoses and plug them, making sure they are both completely full of resin leaving no air gaps. We suggest pushing hydraulic fluid through the pump and red and blue whips. You can leave the hydraulic fluid in place until getting it ready for usage. To insure that no crystals have formed during storage, strain the A side to remove any crystals that have formed, reconnect hoses, and circulate the resin until satisfied that normal flow is established and no crystals are pinching flow. You can capture the A & B resins in previously used containers.

We pack the Cubetainers with the A part and top off any space in the container with nitrogen. Nitrogen displaces the moisture and any oxygen. Moisture and oxygen cause the A side to form crystals and left untended for any length of time these crystals form and gum up the gear pump and the hoses. If you use the equipment daily, there is very little worry about these issues, but if left, even for a few days between usages, crystallization begins. If storing for a few days we suggest disconnecting the blue and red hoses and plug them, making sure they are both completely full of resin leaving no air gaps. We suggest pushing hydraulic fluid through the pump and red and blue whips. You can leave the hydraulic fluid in place until getting it ready for usage. To insure that no crystals have formed during storage, strain the A side to remove any crystals that have formed, reconnect hoses, and circulate the resin until satisfied that normal flow is established and no crystals are pinching flow. You can capture the A & B resins in previously used containers.

The B side contains a hardener that tends to settle. This hardener needs to be stirred back into the rest of the liquid. This can be accomplished by using a paint stirrer inserted into an open container and scrapped off the bottom of the Cubetainer. Once suspended a small mixing bit attached to a drill can blend the components back together into the container. Once mixed, reconnect the hoses and recirculate into previously used containers flushing out any hydraulic fluid before recapturing the resin.

The lining equipment also requires maintenance. Mixed resin tends to drip, spill, stick to gloves and get into several areas you don’t want it to be. That means having cleaning fluids available to mop up and drips, sticky areas on the Quik Shot ™, the calibration roller, manifolds, customers floors, or other areas you don’t want or need resin to be. Goof Off, Acetone or other solvents work well when the resin is not cured. After curing the problem gets bigger. Rags and cleaning solutions will save a lot of heart ache later and will keep your equipment operating properly. If your inversion equipment doesn’t work as well as it did when it was new, check for resin build up on your inverter and calibration roller.

Maintaining and keeping your equipment operational is important and these suggestions that may apply to specific pieces of equipment, in general these suggestions apply to any equipment you use in your business. Cable machine, jetters, cameras, cutters, vehicles and trailers need TLC from time to time. For more specific suggestions for your equipment call us at 888-354-6464 or e-mail to info@pipeliningsupply.com.

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