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Loading The Gun
If you are not using a follow plate, place the end of the gun down into the material about 2-3" and pull up on push rod. Using your pointer finger, scrape material off gun until it is clean, then wipe your finger. This helps reduce mess. It is advisable to have a small 5-quart pail with water and a cloth for clean-up after each filling.
Clean-Up At End Of Day
Put remaining caulk or chink back into pail and seal it. Place gun into a pail of water with cap removed and pull up on the push rod. Keep doing this until gun is clean of material. Unscrew the back trigger mechanism and spray a light lubricant like WD-40 into the back and into the gun chamber. Leave gun open until it is dry. This will help keep the interior from rusting. Wipe exterior of the gun with a light oil.
If gun is not maintained and a buildup of material develops on or in the gun, remove it by first soaking with brush and roller cleaner. After softening of material occurs, the interior can be cleaned with a 2" or 3" wire wheel attached to a 1/4 inch drill extension.
Other Trouble Shooting: Gun Will Not Fill
The leathers are probably either worn or dried out. With leathers in the gun, place the end of the gun in warm water and keep pulling up on push rod until water is pulled into the gun chamber. If you are working in the fall, the material may be cold and leak fluid. Either keep the material in a heated space or place the pail of material in a tub of heated water.
Leathers Are Buckled
The leathers will lose shape if stored or soaked in water too long. A well-maintained gun will give you a much better chinking or caulking experience, so do clean it daily; if you are unable to clean daily, place the gun in a plastic bag and seal it up until you can take the time to clean it.