How to Clean Your Paintball Gun or Marker?

How to Clean Your Paintball Gun or Marker

Clean Your Paintball Gun (Marker)

One of the best things you can do to make your paintball gun last for a long time is to maintain it properly. You might think that cleaning your gun is the most daunting and boring part of paintballing. But, the reality is, that maintaining your gun can determine how well your gun will perform on the field. Nobody likes to have a team-mate that has his/her gun constantly jammed or inaccurate. You can do magic for your accuracy and gun performance just by keeping your gun clean well maintained.

But, it’s not enough to clean it, it is important to KNOW how to clean your gun. Below you will find detailed step-by-step guide on how to properly clean and maintain your paintball gun. Keep in mind that each and every paintball gun is different and you should always refer to the owner’s manual. Below are general tips and a helpful guide on how to maintain a paintball gun but remember to ALWAYS browse through the owner’s manual also.

Don’t worry, the cleaning process is very simple and easy to follow. To start, you will need the following equipment to maximize your results:

  • Pull through squeegees
  • Toothbrush or swabs
  • Oil and lube (Please check your owner’s manual for recommendations)
  • Paper towels
  • Warm water
  • Tools for disassembly.

It’s important that you have these tools in-hand before you start the cleaning process.

Step 1: Remove the CO2 or The Air Tank

It goes without saying that safety should be your number one priority. Before you begin, you should remove the CO2 or Air-tank. By removing any gas/air you will be preventing any accidental fires and injuries/damages. If you don’t make sure to remove CO2/Air-tank, you could be heading towards disaster and cause a serious injury, not only to yourself but anyone that could be near you. Most likely there will be an easy-to-use degas function on your paintball gun.

Step 2: Disassemble your Paintball Gun

How to Clean Your Paintball Gun or MarkerAlways make sure that you properly remove and reassemble all parts of your paintball gun. Refer to the owner’s manual to locate the schematics. In case you misplaced the schematic you can visit the manufactures website or check the owner’s manual. If you are in doubt, a simple Google search will often solve your problems in seconds.

Once you have your schematic ready, it’s time to move on with the cleaning process and remove other parts of your gun. The next step is to remove the barrel, hopper, grip frame, bolt and hammer. Remember to put all the parts close together and organized on one place at your working table. This is just to make sure you won’t lose any part and to make the assemble easier. It is important to keep the fasteners close to the parts that they belong to, that way, you won’t forget where fasteners go.

Step 3: Clean the Barrel

By now, you have disassembled all parts of your gun. So now it’s time to start the cleaning process and we start with the barrel.

Start by using the squeegee through the barrel. By doing this you will clean out and grab any excess paintball residue that could eventually (if not cleaned) affect your accuracy and performance. There is nothing more annoying than to deal with a jammed gun on the field. Make sure you clean the barrel thoroughly to prevent jamming. After you have finished with the squeegee, use hot water and paper to wipe down the barrel. Finally, use a paper towel (dry) and ensure that the barrel is dry and clean.

Step 4: Clean the Body of the Marker

All right, now you have all the inside parts removed and it’s time to start focusing on the outside of the gun. If you are able to thoroughly run a squeegee through the gun, then you should do so but you have to make sure you can do that by referring to the owner’s manual. After that, grab a toothbrush and dip it into warm water and scrub through hard-reach-places. Thoroughly brush your gun and don’t miss any spot, it is vital that you clean any left-overs that could cause jamming in future. Now, wipe the body with dry paper to ensure that everything is dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Clean the Grip Frame

Now let’s move on to the grip frame. You need to be certain to clean out any dried paint or other substances. I have said it before and I will mention it again, it is vital for your accuracy and performance on the field to make sure that there are no left-overs from previous paintball games that could be stuck in your gun. For this you can use a toothbrush. I want to mention one important thing, please by all means, do not take apart the trigger. It will be extremely complicated to re-assemble it again and if you do it wrong it will mess up your paintball gun. Once you finish cleaning the grip frame, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Step 6: Clean the Bolt and Hammer

This is the step that you will have to remove the bolt and hammer (striker) and carefully clean with a paper towel. Make sure that every single piece will get thoroughly dried. Next, check the O-rings carefully on both components. You should be on the lookout for damages and wear marks to the O-rings. Wear is extremely common and you need find the balance of when you should change the O-rings. The rings are “wearable” up to a certain level and you need to constantly monitor them and if they are torn or not in an acceptable state, change them.

Step 7: Inspect the Paintball Gun for Damages

How to Clean Your Paintball Gun or MarkerIn this step you need to inspect your gun thoroughly and look out for any little detail that you may need to fix or replace. If your O-rings are cracking, dried or you notice they need to be replaced, then you should replace them immediately. O-rings play an important role in paintball gaming and they need to be fully functional to maximize your performance on the field. The O-rings are there to seal the CO2/Air and it goes without saying that if they are not properly sealed in, you are doomed on the field!  Next, analyze the internal parts and check the strings and screws. Replace them if they look like they need to be fixed or replaced. This goes for any little piece so be on the safe side and replace them if they look old/wear/torn. Avoid having your gun break down in the middle of a gameplay!

Step 8: Oil and Lubricate the Paintball Gun

Now you have finished examine your gun thoroughly, cleaned every piece properly and now it’s time to begin to oil up and lubricate the gun. Remember, at this stage, to ONLY use paintball oil. If you don’t use paintball oil (specially designed for paintball lubrication) you will increase the risk of damaging your gun. Refer to the user manual to find out what oil you should use. You need to lube the O-rings by making sure that the entire O-ring is covered in oil.

Step 9: Carefully Reassemble the Paintball Gun

We have reached the last step and your paintball gun should be by now thoroughly cleaned. The last step is to reassemble the gun and make it ready for the next paintball session. You should follow the schematic that you used to take it apart to reassemble all of the parts and lastly, store your gun in a case and have it ready for your next paintball session.

Final Thoughts

To get the most out your paintball game, it is extremely important to have a clean paintball gun. If you follow these 9 easy cleaning steps, you will have your paintball gun ready to reach its full potential. You are able to rely on your gun if it’s clean and your accuracy and performance on the field will improve significantly.

Like I did mention above, each and every paintball gun is different. You can follow these easy cleaning steps to clean your gun but you will need to browse through the owner’s manual as well to make sure that you are doing the right thing. Also, it might come in handy to visit the manufacturer online webpage for further cleaning tips.