"Prima is a simple, rugged machine, that can be installed in minutes."
VAL PENSTONE, DIRECTOR OF GROOMING FOR BEST FRIENDS PET RESORTS & SPAS
Setup & Installation
The Prima Bathing System comes ready to use out of the box. There is no installation necessary. Consult mixing shampoo and operation sections of this manual to learn how to use your Prima.
The Prima Bathing System can be placed just about anywhere. It is recommended that it be located near the bathing station for ease of filling the tank. The Prima Bathing System can be used in any 115v (optional 220v) electrical outlet, but it is recommended to be plugged into a GFI electrical outlet for safety considerations.
Voltage: 115v (optional 220v) 1.5 amp
Calculating Dilution Ratios
(This section is to be used as a guide only.)
The full capacity of the PRIMA Bathing System is fourteen gallons. To figure how much shampoo to add for the amount of water in the tank by dilution ratio, use the quick reference chart that is included with your system. There is a copy of the chart listed below to help clarify any questions.
To calculate how many cups of shampoo to get a certain dilution ratio, use this formula:
To calculate how many cups of shampoo to add for a full 14 Gal tank:
For example if you wanted a 30 to 1 dilution ratio, you would divide by 30.
If you wanted 60 to 1 ratio and were only adding 8 gallons:
If you are adding to a batch leftover from previous usage, do the calculation for only the amount of water you are ADDING.
1. Note how much solution is remaining in the tank.
2. Determine the amount of fluid you want to add.
3. Determine what ratio you want to use.
4. Consult reference chart below or plug numbers into formula to determine the amount of shampoo to add.
Operation of the Unit
Once you have your Prima plugged in and filled with water and shampoo, you will be ready to begin using it. (Refer to the mixing shampoo section to help figure out what kind of dilution ratio and how to get it.) Remember that with the Prima Bathing System, you will be able to increase your dilution ratios. Experiment with your dilution ratios to achieve the desired results. Once warm water and shampoo have been added, thoroughly mix the shampoo solution by replacing the lid, turning the OUT valve to MIX SHAMPOO, the IN valve to MAIN TANK, and the on/off switch to ON. See fig 1.
WARNING: TO AVOID SOLUTION SPLASHING OUT OF THE TANK WHEN THE LID IS OFF, DO NOT TURN THE MACHINE ON WITH THE “OUT” VALVE SET AT “MIX SHAMPOO”. AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES. ALWAYS HAVE LID ON SECURELY WHEN MIXING YOUR SHAMPOO SOLUTION.
Let solution mix for three to five minutes before turning the OUT valve to the APPLY SHAMPOO position. See fig 2. The pump will not turn on until the trigger on the gun is opened. Hold the spray nozzle about 2-3 inches off the coat of the animal to maximize the effectiveness of this unit. See fig 3.
The soap will foam when it is released from the gun and the pressure will push it directly to the skin of the animal lifting away dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and loose hair.
The Prima Bathing System will allow you to spray under the belly and between the toes easily. Gently lather coat and rinse.
Using More Than One Shampoo
If you typically use more than one shampoo a day, you can switch easily between solutions. Mix the solution you wish to apply to the animal in a separate container. (Old shampoo bottles work perfect for this) Remove the secondary pickup line from the tank (the one with the red attachment and strainer on it) drop the line into the bucket and switch the IN valve to the AUX TANK position. Make sure the OUT valve is in the APPLY SHAMPOO position before clearing the line of the existing shampoo. See fig 4. You are now ready to apply a different solution. This method may also be used to apply disinfectants to cages, trays, floors, bathing areas, and any other needed area.
WARNING: DO NOT PLACE THE “OUT” VALVE TO THE “MIX SHAMPOO” POSITION AND THE “IN” VALVE TO THE “AUX TANK” POSITION AT THE SAME TIME. THIS WILL MIX YOUR SECONDARY SOURCE WITH THE SOLUTION IN THE TANK.
The secondary pickup line has a check valve and strainer attached to the end of the tube. The strainer keeps large particles from entering the pump. This will need to be cleaned as needed. The check valve closes when the pump stops to keep the fluid from running out the end of the tube. There is also a suction strainer on the inside of the tank that needs to be cleaned as needed. A good time to do that is before you fill the tank with water and shampoo.
The spray gun used on this unit is lightweight and has a trigger lock on it. Squeeze the gun and push forward on the gray flip lock to lock the trigger into the open position. To release the lock, simply pull back on the flip lock. See fig 5.
Dual Gun Operation
The dual gun option allows you to spray from two stations at the same time without loosing any pressure. Included in the dual gun kit are new nozzles. It is necessary to replace the brown nozzle on the gun with the red nozzle in the kit for normal operation with two guns. To change the nozzle unscrew the nozzle cap at the spray end of the gun, replace nozzle and tighten. See fig 6.
In order to keep your Prima running for years to come there are some maintenance steps that will need to be performed at regular intervals.
The Filtration System
The Prima Bathing System features an easy clean double filtration system. There are two filters on the system, one located internally inside the tank, and the second filter is located externally on top of the tank and behind the lid. The second filter has a clear cap that allows you to see when the filter is getting clogged. The filters should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis. It is recommended to check and clean both of the filters each time you fill the tank with water. To clean the filters, follow the following steps.
1. Remove lid and pull the internal filter out through the top.
2. Wipe the surface of the filter to remove hair and dirt. Replace the filter through the top of the tank.
3. Clean the external filter located behind the lid. Turn the filter till the clear cap is facing up.
4. Unscrew the clear cap and remove the filter screen.
5. Run the filter under a faucet to remove the hair and dirt. Return the filter to its filter seat and screw on the clear cap. Turn the external filter back to its original position.
1. Keeping your lid on your Prima Bathing System will help keep dirt and hair out of the filters.
2. Clean the filters everytime you change the water in the system.
3. To protect your Prima Bathing System avoid placing it directly on the floor. The disinfectants used in cleaning are extremely corrosive and may damage and corrode your Prima Bathing System. To avoid excess damage, place your system on a counter, 2 x 4’s, milk crates or a cooler.
1. Occasionally rinse the main tank our with clean water to clear shampoo buildup and hair. With the tank empty, place it in a tub or convenient rinsing tank. Remove the drain plug from the bottom side of the tank. Spray clean water inside the tank and let it drain out, rinsing away any hair and dirt.
2. At the end of the day, shut the power switch off and relieve the pressure on the system by depressing the trigger on the gun.