Your paintball gun needs careful maintenance and cleaning to ensure it continues to perform at its best. One of the most crucial pieces of equipment for paintball players is their paintball gun. Like any other tool, your paintball gun requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it functioning correctly.
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There are two main types of paintball guns: spool valve guns and poppet valve guns. Each of these types has its unique characteristics and maintenance requirements. In this article, we will discover how to clean your paintball gun properly and which lubricants to use.
Spool Valve Gun
A spool valve gun is a type of paintball gun that uses a spool valve. This valve has a chamber that holds a measured amount of air. The air pressure is adjusted using a regulator, which determines the power of the gun. To clean and maintain a spool valve gun, follow these steps:
For the purpose of this example, we will use the Gog Enmey Paintball gun. Your own spool valve gun may differ slightly, but probably not that much.
- Disassemble the gun: To access the internals, unscrew the back of the assembly and pull out the bolt and air chamber. Then unscrew the air chamber and remove the bolt.
- Clean the O-rings: Check the condition of all the O-rings, and if necessary, replace them. Clean all O-rings thoroughly and lubricate them with grease, such as Dow33. Do not use oil in a spool valve gun.
- Clean the barrel and eye pipe: Remove the barrel and clean it thoroughly. Remove the eye pipe in the breach and clean it as well.
- Reassemble the gun: Once you have cleaned and lubricated all the necessary parts, reassemble the gun. Check the velocity of the gun over the chronograph, and adjust the input pressure to get the correct velocity.
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Cleaning your Poppet Valve Gun
A poppet valve gun is a type of paintball gun that uses a heavy hammer to fire into a poppet valve when the trigger is pulled. The valve opens, and the tank pressure is allowed through to fire the gun. To clean and maintain a poppet valve gun, follow these steps:
For this example, we are using the Tippmann FT12 paintball gun. Your poppet valve gun may differ slightly to the Tippmann, but the basics are the same. The FT12 uses a very simple mechanism to gain access to the internals.
- Disassemble the gun: Remove the bottle and barrel. Press the button under the collar at the front of the gun and twist the collar to remove it. The gun will now hinge open. Remove all the internals and clean them thoroughly.
- Lubricate the parts: Spray all the internals with silicone oil. Do not use grease on a poppet valve gun.
- Clean the anti-double ball: Slide the front foregrip off and remove and clean the anti-double ball.
- Reassemble the gun: Once you have cleaned and lubricated all the necessary parts, reassemble the gun. Reattach the bottle and pull the cocking pin back to test fire the gun.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your paintball gun are essential to ensure that it continues to function correctly and lasts for a long time. With these simple steps, you can keep your paintball gun in top condition, ensuring that it is always ready for your next game.
If you are not sure which type of paintball gun you have, just give us a call and we can walk you through the whole process.
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