Now I’ve talked before about what essentials you should always have in your kit bag, so today I’m going to go a step further and give you a full breakdown of exactly how to maintain and clean your beloved paintball marker. If you haven’t got one (yet), then I’m afraid this post probably wont be a lot of interest…sorry!
Okay, so first of all start with what you know. Every new marker will come with its own instructions, warranty and users manual. If it doesn’t, then check out the maker’s websites, as often you can find some useful product info on them. Have a good read of these, as they should tell you exactly how to manage and care for your marker, how often, how to dismantle and clean it and, importantly, exactly what not to do with it. Every marker’s different, so I cant go into much detail about disassembly for example, but if you don’t have your manufacturer’s guidelines to hand, then here’s some tips on how to look after your marker.
Oiling is something almost all markers require to operate smoothly. First make 100% sure that your marker is completely empty of paintballs, and then remove the hopper and CO2 tank. Remove the barrel next and make sure there are no sneaky paintballs lurking in the chamber. The first part you want to oil is the small area where the CO2 tank connects with the body; rub a small amount of oil around the adaptor. If you can open up the marker completely (which often requires an allen key) then do so and apply a small amount of oil o the internal trigger mechanism too…these will both get your marker running smoothly and without the worry of excessive internal wear and tear.
Whilst you’re at it, check the O-ring around where the tank joins the body. If this is cracked or looking like it soon will, then best replace it as soon as possible, as they cost next to nothing.
Now that your marker is probably in a few pieces, take the time to check out each part individually for any potentially problems. The barrel needs to be 100% straights, otherwise your balls will get chopped up or your whole marker could get wrecked (worse case scenario). Remove any paint now, as it’s far easier to clean once you can get into the small nooks and crannies. As always, it’s far better to clean paint off a marker when it’s still fresh, as it hardens slightly when it dries, but nothing a bit of elbow-grease wont shift. Dried paint that goes uncleaned is usually the cause of jammed triggers, chopped balls and even barrel breaks; so it’s a serious matter. To clean the barrel itself, use a simply soft sponge or barrel-brush (long, thin soft-bristled brush on a wire handle) along with a little soapy water or barrel cleaning fluid
See maintenance and cleaning as investing in your marker’s future, as there’s no doubt that a well cared for marker will outlast a marker that is routinely slung into its gear bag, forgotten about until the next game. Finally, check that the battery is still fresh enough to play with and then start the same process over again with any accompanying accessories.
A necessary evil, trust us!