Take a minute to think about how you use cleaning chemicals in your detailing routine; you probably apply most (if not all) of them using plastic bottles fitted with trigger-style spray heads. Now picture in your mind how well this method works and consider the following points
Wouldn't it be good to be able to apply cleaning products more evenly, and also more sparingly, thus improving their performance and saving you money? Wouldn't it be good if the seals in your sprayers lasted a lot longer before needing to be replaced, and could actually be replaced? And wouldn't it be good if you could avoid hand and finger cramp when spending long periods spraying chemicals, such as during the decontamination process?
If you're nodding your head or muttering aye in response to these points then you're in the same camp as us. For far too long now we've persevered with bottles and spray heads in our studio, and earlier this year we finally decided to do something about it. We researched the pressure sprayer market, and set about testing a number of models from various different ranges. The range that came out on top was MESTO, which is designed and manufactured in Germany.
It's all well and good trying to keep costs down by buying tools and accessories just good enough to do the job, but invariably spending a little more upfront on higher quality products pays dividends in the long run. This is exactly the case for MESTO pressure sprayers; they are a bit pricey, but they do reduce the rate of product consumption, they are built to last, they are fully repairable and they are extremely comfortable to use. How does that saying go? Buy once, buy right.
MESTO 1.5 L CLEANER Pressure Sprayers are designed and manufactured in Germany, by a family-owned business with more than 90 years of experience in developing and producing high quality portable sprayers. As a result of their expertise, MESTO set the standard for innovation and performance in their sector, and provide the best sprayers for every feasible application, including automotive detailing.
Each MESTO 1.5 L CLEANER Pressure Sprayer features a clearly graduated, chemically resistant, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tank, an exchangeable spray wand, an adjustable spray nozzle and a safety valve. Three different models are available (with varying seal and pump materials) to cater for the three most common cleaning chemicals used in modern car care; alkaline detergents, acid-based cleaners and sprit-based tar removers.
The acid resistant model (suitable for acid-based cleaners, pH 1-7) features fluoro-rubber (FPM) seals and a polypropylene (PP) pump. The base resistant model (suitable for alkaline detergents, pH 7-14) features ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) seals and a polypropylene (PP) pump. The naphtha resistant model (suitable for spirit-based tar removers) features fluoro-rubber (FPM) seals and a polyamide (PA) pump.
A range of spare parts and accessories make MESTO sprayers a versatile and economic proposition (particularly given that the availability of spare parts for each product is guaranteed for 20 years from the date of purchase). MESTO sprayers can, therefore, be repaired or upgraded at any time, making them not only useful tools for professional and amateur detailers alike, but also reliable long-term companions.
Assemble according to the supplied instructions, making sure that all connectors are nipped up tightly enough to form a leak-free seal, but not so tight as to damage any plastic threads. To ready the sprayer for use, turn the pressure release valve on the side of the pump until any residual pressure is released. Then unscrew the pump and fill the tank with a suitably diluted cleaning solution up to the filling line. Finally, screw the pump tightly on to the tank and pressurise the system (using 30-40 pump strokes). To spray the solution, press the button atop the handle on the pump; releasing the button stops the spraying action immediately. The spray pattern can be adjusted by turning the nozzle where the spray emerges. After use, depressurise the system using the pressure release valve on the side of the pump; never leave the system pressurised while in storage, and never depressurise the system by unscrewing the pump from the tank. Finally, never blow through clogged nozzles or valves with your mouth; detailing chemicals rarely taste as good as they smell, and can cause serious harm if inhaled or ingested.
Notes on dilution:
Making up diluted solutions is relatively straightforward, but it is worth noting that confusion can arise from differences in the way that car care product manufacturers quote dilution ratios. Strictly speaking, dilution ratios should be quoted as the number of parts of original chemical in the total number of parts of diluted solution. Accordingly, a dilution ratio of 1:10 would be achieved by making up a solution containing one part neat chemical and nine parts water, i.e. ten parts in total (giving a dilution ratio of one in ten). However, it is far more common for manufacturers to quote dilution ratios in parts dilutant to parts original chemical. Accordingly, a dilution ratio of 10:1 would be achieved by making up a solution containing ten parts water and one part neat chemical, i.e. eleven parts in total (giving a dilution ratio of ten to one). Compared to the strict definition, this produces a slightly weaker solution, and for this reason we recommend that this latter interpretation is adopted whenever doubt about the ratio arises, as it is far safer to work with a solution that is too weak rather than one that is too strong.
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