How To: Repairing a TFT Shaper Guide

This video shows you how to repair your shaper guide if it does not turn properly and the guide moves back and forth. This results in the shaper guide not moving your fog pattern appropriately. 

Tools Needed: 

  • Strap Wrench 

  • Chisel Tip X-Acto Knife 

  • Red Loctite 

  • 3 Replacement Torlon Balls 

  • Vice 

How to Repair Your Combination Nozzle Shaper Guide 

  1. Use a vice to clamp down on the rubber bumper of your nozzle. 

  1. Place your strap wrench around the shaper guide. You should cover the label during this step. 

  1. Use the strap wrench to break the joint free. This joint uses red Loctite and may be difficult to break. If you are unable to break it using just the strap wrench, you may need to apply heat. 

  1. Remove the nozzle from the vice. 

  1. Separate the front of the nozzle from the back. To do this, unscrew the two set screws on either side of the nozzle body – they do not need to be fully removed. Now, unscrew the front end of the nozzle from the valve section and place the valve section to the side. 

  1. Unscrew the shaper guide being careful not to slide the bumper off the front end. If you do, you will lose all the nylon balls in the front end of your nozzle. 

  1. Slide your shaper guide out and pop off the Torlon balls. 

  1. Clear any debris from the inside of your nozzle and shaper guide. Make sure the joint is free of debris and fluids. 

  1. Use your X-Acto knife to remove the label and replace it with your new one. 

  1. Slide the shaper guide onto your shaper and move it forward so you can see the groove through the holes 

  1. Place each Torlon ball into the holes. You will need to use your thumb and index finger to hold them in place as you rotate the nozzle around. 

  1. Once in, apply Loctite to the threaded joint, making sure to apply it to all three sections. 

  1. Thread the shaper into the shaper guide and tighten. 

Setting Your Valve 

To reassemble your nozzle, follow these steps:  

  1. Make sure your valve is in closed position and thread the front end into the valve until the valve plug touches the slider. 

  1. Open the bail handle and turn the front end 1/12th of a turn, or the distance of the white slash on our label. 

  1. Close the bail handle. 

  1. Tighten the set screws on either side of the valve body. Remember to alternate to avoid uneven tightening. 

  1. Test the shaper guide and ensure it works properly.