What is the Return on Investment (ROI) on buying a Spray Gun Cleaner?

See below an economic analysis of how the return on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is immediate.

Cost Benefit Economic Analysis:

The capital cost for automatic paint gun washers will vary, depending upon the unit size, unit type, and the application. Capital costs for these washers range from $600 to $2,400.

Annual Operating Cost Comparison for Automatic Washing and Manual Washing of Paint Guns


Automatic Wash With Spray Gun Cleaner

Manual Wash Without Spray Gun Cleaner

Operational Costs:








Waste Disposal:



Total Operational Costs:



Total Recovered Income:



Net Annual Cost/Benefit:



Economic Analysis Summary:

  • Annual Savings for Automatic Washing: $25,902
  • Capital Cost for Diversion Equipment/Process: $600
  • Payback Period for Investment in Equipment/Process: Immediate


  • 18 spray guns are cleaned per week.
  • Solvent required for automatic gun cleaning: 6 gallons/month.
  • Solvent required for manual gun cleaning: 36 gallons/week.
  • Hazardous waste disposal cost: $0.30 to $2.00/lb.
  • Solvent procurement cost: $4/gal.
  • Labor rate: $30/hr.
  • Labor, manual gun cleaning: 10 min/gun or 3 hr/week.
  • Labor, automatic gun cleaning: 1 min/gun or 0.3 hr/week.
  • Electrical costs are negligible.

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