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Keeping your paintball gun clean and well lubricated is on of the most important things you can do to protect it. Cleaning and lubricating your paintball gun rarely takes more than few minutes of your free time. You must remember that a well maintained paintball gun has great difference with a not so maintained one, especially when it comes to playing paintball.
There are ten very easy basic steps in cleaning and lubing your paintball gun. But first, there are lots of different brands paintball gun available in the market today. If instructions in the owner's manual differ from what is mentioned below, always follow the product's manual. Make sure that you have a 'parts kits' available and all the other cleaning rudiments. Always place an old newspaper on your worktable to make cleanup easier.
1. The first thing that you must do is to remove the air source of your paintball gun. Working on a paintball gun with the air source still connected is a mortal sin in cleaning the paintball marker.
2. Always have the paintball marker available when cleaning your paintball gun. If you don't have one, check on the manufacturer's webpage. Most of it can be found online. If you can not secure one then sketch the internals of the paintball gun. Then remove the hopper, barrel, bolt, hammer and the grip frame. Lay all of these neatly aside.
3. It is advisable that you start with the barrel. Run a squeegee from end to the other end of the barrel. Rinse it with warm water inside and outside of the barrel. Wipe it then with a paper towel. Run a squeegee through the barrel once again and then let it dry on a paper towel.
4. Clean the insides of the gun's frame once the internals of the marker are removed. Use Q-tips, toothbrushes or paper towels in cleaning those hard to reach areas.
5. Clean out the grip-frame for broken paints and debris with a small brush. Words of caution, if you do not want to have a hard time assembling the trigger assembly, DO NOT dismantle it.
6. Rinse the bolt and hammer with warm water and clean it with a paper towel. Make sure to thoroughly dry these pieces. Scrutinize the o-rings on the bolt and hammer carefully. Make sure that there aren't any leaks in there.
7. Replace cracked or about to crack o-rings, or else look funky. Check sure that the all the springs are straight and check for broken screws and other internals. Always have some extra o-rings whenever you are out on the battle field. You'll never know just when you're going to need them.
8. Lubricate your marker with paintgun oil, once you've finished cleaning it. Use only paintgun oil because you might damage your marker if you use other type of oil.
9. Assemble the paintball marker by following the schematic or sketch that you draw.
10. Time to come out and play!