Wondering how to clean a paintball gun?
Paintball guns can get dirty easily. Not only do they collect dust and dirt like normal sporting equipment, but they can also become clogged with paintball paint after only a few games.
Cleaning a paintball gun is a regular part of normal gun maintenance. It will not only give you a great performance boost, but it will also help you to maintain the long life of a paintball gun and avoid a build up of paint.
To help you to perform your best on the ground, read below to learn how to clean a paintball gun to get back it’s maximum performance.
How to clean paintball gun
Before starting here is a list of things that you required to clean your paintball gun.
Step 1: Remove the Air Tank
To prevent any kind of accidental fire, removing the gas tank is the number one priority while cleaning your paintball gun. Make sure that there is no gas inside the gun to prevent any type of miss fire.
Now, remove your fuel canister and find its ASA lever. If you have a gun without an ASA lever then you need to consider reading the instruction manual that came with your specific gun about de-linking your gas tank. Most guns should come with an instruction manual.
Step 2: Disassemble your Paintball Marker
You might require Hex Keys for disassembling your marker. When you have hex keys in your hand. You’ve to start with the hopper. Start dissembling it carefully.
Now, slowly start disassembling the bolt, hammer, barrel and grip frame and set them in aside together in order. This will help you to reassemble your gun easily later on.
Step 3: Start With Cleaning the Barrel
Now, Take your Maintenance kit and Let’s start working on it. If you didn’t have a maintenance kit, You can check out here.
First of all, check that, is squeegee allowed to do in the gun. If yes, Then begin with it. Maybe paint residue will cause a decrease in accuracy, performance or maybe cause jamming middle in the match.
After the squeegee, use warm water and paper to wipe down the barrel. After that, use a paper towel to clean the wet inside the barrel. Now, Set the barrel aside.
Step 4: Clean the Body of the gun
Again, check the instructions that squeegee is allowed or not. If yes, Then Do it, Men
What are you waiting for,
After squeegee, Takes a toothbrush. Dip it into the warm water. Start scrubbing the gun. Not leave any hard reaching part of the gun.
Do not try to disassemble any part of the trigger. It will be extremely complicated to reassemble it again.
When you have cleaned every part of the body. Then, Take a paper towel to make sure that your marker is completely dry.
Step 5: Clean the Grip Frame
Don’t be a homemade mechanic here.
This part is attached to the trigger. So, Be careful while cleaning this part. Take a toothbrush then slowing start cleaning it. When it is done, Try it using paper towels.
You just need to clean any dried paint particle here, Nothing Else.
Step 6: Clean the Bolt and Hammer
Be Gentle here as well.
Clean it gently with the help of the toothbrush. After that, Check both pieces of O rings. If everything is fine then, this part is done. if you see any moderate damage there, then you need to replace the rings.
Maybe Damaged O-Rings will be the cause of the reduced performance of your gun.
Step 7: Inspect the Paintball Gun for Damages
After checking the O-Rings, You need to look for any kind of damage that happened to the gun. Just check that, All the springs of the guns are in the proper shape. Check all the screws and see that everything is in the right place or not.
This simple step will help the gun to perform best in the middle of the match.
Step 8: Oil and Lubricate the Paintball Gun
Now, You have all parts of your paintball gun that are well cleaned and dried. Now, it is time to Lubricate those parts. For that, you need to use specialized oil for paintball guns. (Included inside Maintenance Kit)
If you didn’t Lubricate your gun then you are increasing chances of damage to your paintball gun. You can also refer to the instructions for finding the oil for your paintball gun as well.
Step 9: Carefully Reassemble the Paintball Gun
Finally, It is time to reassemble. If you have done the Lubrication process then, it is the time for reassembling. Now, Carefully start assembling your gun, step by step. Pay close attention to each screw. Don’t be panic here.
Step 10: Final Checkup
Now, Load one paintball gun and try to shoot it. If it works. Then, Fill it with other paintballs and start shooting. If it didn’t work you need to look for an expert.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often to clean Paintball Guns?
It depends, How much you play paintball. I’ll recommend you to clean paintball after 2-3 months, Or at least one time in 6 months. This will be the best time to clean your gun.
Now you have learned How to clean a paintball gun. Yeah, I know that every paintball is different, but this will work as a universal guide. if you have any queries then let me know in the comments.