Learning the best way to clean a paintball gun is important if you want to keep it in good condition. Guns that are not cleaned open up themselves to issues such as jamming and decreased accuracy. If you are really unlucky, your paintballs will end up popping inside of the barrel which could damage it permanently. Avoid this scenario by taking a short amount of time to maintain your gun regularly which is easy to do.
How To Clean Your Paintball Gun
Before you get started, you have to make sure that you have the materials you need. You may actually have some of these in your home and if you don’t take the time to go to a store and purchase them. Buying the following online is also an option.
- Official Instruction manual for your weapon
- Paper Towels
- A set of Allen Keys
- Pull through squeegees
- Tepid Water
- A table or workspace
- Q-tips or a Toothbrush
- Recommended lubricant(Please check the manual)
Step 1: Remove Gas from Your Marker
The last thing you want is for a misfire to occur and you get seriously injured. To avoid this scenario, make sure there is no gas in your gun before you get started and continue with the next steps. Take out the canister and find the ASA lever. Please keep in mind that not all guns have ASA levers so read the instructions carefully to find how to detach the canister if there isn’t one. If you truly know how to clean a paintball gun, you will know how important this step is.
Step 2: Disassemble the Gun
Take apart some of the screws and you want to be careful you take all the screws out at the appropriate locations. Put them in a magnetic bowl or something similar to help keep them from getting lost. When you disassemble the clam shells you need to be careful because there is a lot of small items that are under a lot of spring tension. You will want to disassemble the first side of the clamshell and set it off to the side.
Step 3: Clean the Barrel
You will want to start off by checking the barrel out. Clean it for any obvious breaks or debris on the outside and then when you have done that, you want to run a barrel swab through there and clean out the worst of it. Double check to make sure that the barrel is clear. If it is still not clean after using a bottle swab you can also use a squeegee. Feed one end of it through there then as it a hook on the rings, just pull it through to give a good firm tug and that should clean out any debris that may be left inside the barrel. Set the barrel aside.
Step 4: Clean the Body and Hopper
Then clean off any visible dirt or paint breaks on the hopper then you also want to clean off any visible breaks or dirt on the exterior of the gun front and back and on the clam shells.
Step 5: Clean the Hammer and Bolt
Grab a paper towel and wipe down the bolt and hammer generously. Inspect the o-rings on both pieces to be sure that they aren’t ready to replace yet. If it is a bit beat up it is fine. Just make sure that they are still usable and haven’t been abused. If they are, it is time to buy some replacements so your gun doesn’t decrease in performance.
Step 6: Sterilize the Grip Frame
My tool of choice for this step is a toothbrush but Q-tips are also acceptable. Before getting started, I would like to warn you and tell you not to take apart the trigger assembly. It is a massive pain to put back together and it isn’t necessary. After cleaning the grip, study it to see if it needs to be replaced or can continue being used.
Step 7: The Final Checkup
Start by checking if any 0-rings are broken or fractured. These pieces are important because your shots could lose air and the speed of the balls will decrease if the O-rings are not in tip-top shape. Not to mention you will spend more money on gas because it will take more fuel to complete a game. Once, that is settled, focus on the springs and make sure they are functional. Lastly, peruse through the screws to make sure they have not taken any damage. Any pieces that need to be replaced, get it done before you reassemble your marker.
Step 8: Lube the Parts Up
After you are sure that every component is sterilized and wiped, the lubricating can begin. Dab the 0-rings lightly without going overboard. Again, make sure that the lubrication you are using is the one recommended to you by the markers manual. Buying any other type is a bit risky.
Step 9: Put the Gun Back Together
If you are sure that everything is lubricated and sanitized, it is safe to put back together again. Study the instructions carefully so you can put it back together properly with the accompanied screws. Do this step slowly because one mistake could lead you to do it wrong and it will take longer for you to get back on the field.
How To Take Proper Care of Your Gun Regularly
Besides the occasional cleanings that are required to maintain your gun, the way you store it when you are not using it is also important. Store your gun the way we recommend below and it will help you avoid damaging any parts or causing you to lose performance during competitions.
Gun Storage Essentials
A paintball gun that is not properly stored can be both lethal and easier to damage. Follow the instructions below religiously and your performance on the field will not be affected when you need it the most.
- Remove ammo from the gun. Should never be loaded in storage.
- Detach the canister and remove the gas
- Make sure trigger is pulled in order bolt move forward slowly. Spring damage is prevented this way.
- Just like with a real gun, your safety should always be on in storage.
- Screws and pins should always be lubed up. Drop just a bit of oil on them so they don’t crack.
- Be sure your children do not know where you store your gun. Best thing to do is to keep it in a case that is locked. Keep the key with you always.
- Keep your canister and paintballs in a different area of your home. This will make it so you are the only person in the household that can arm the gun in order to use it.
- Extra pieces are always needed on and off the field so it important to have a field repair kit near you at all times. Usually includes everything you need to make a simple repair or replace a part.
How to Deal with Leaks on the Field
Even when you take every precaution and follow every piece of advice given to you, fuel leaks still do occur when you are playing. Luckily, it isn’t a big deal and can be handled with ease if you have the right tools around. Fixing your leaks is not recommended in battle zones. Instead, find the nearest safe zone near you so you can fix the leak without getting hit. Start by removing the paintballs from the gun and attaching an air tank to it. If you hear an air leak which can be done if you listen carefully, you will know that the 0-ring on the tank is the culprit. Remove the gas and add a new 0-ring while making sure it is lubricated generously with your finger.
Leaks are also common at the point where the hose is attached to the gun. Clench the link tighter but not too much. If you think the flow of the leak has been managed, fire the marker without any ammo inside to make sure you don’t have any more issues. One last trick you can use to test for leaks is to add soapy water on the spot you feel the hole is and to see if you hear any noises. You will see frothing with foam if the leakage has not been fixed.
Now that you have learned how to clean a paintball gun and take care of it, you are ready to get out on the field. If you have any other questions, please let me know and leave a comment.