A high quality paintball marker is not a cheap investment and like most expensive items, you want to ensure it lasts for a long time. Proper paintball marker usage, maintenance, and cleaning are the key tasks to keeping your gun working efficiently for years to come. Whether you’re a professional paintball player or just a weekend warrior, following these simple tips will keep your paintball marker operating at peak condition.
Important Note: Always remove the air source from you paintball gun before performing any maintenance or cleaning.
Clean Your Marker
Mud, dust, and dried paint are like a disease that will slowly kill the performance of your marker. A dirty marker is less accurate, jams frequently, and will not re-cock properly. A little bit of routine cleaning will make a huge difference in the reliability of your paintball marker. First, always make sure to wipe down the marker after every use. Pay attention to removing all mud and dust from any moving parts. The increased friction from dirt will cause premature failure to those parts. Next, disassemble the marker and wipe down each piece with a water dampened cloth. Make sure that you do not use any chemicals or cleaners that may hurt the finish or integrity of the gun material. Finally, the barrel is an essential part to clean. Take a squeegee and make sure all wet or dried paint is removed from the inside of the barrel. Residual paint in the barrel will decrease accuracy and may even cause paintballs to break apart. Remember that a clean paintball gun is a fun paintball gun.
Properly Lubricate Your Marker
The most important thing to do before lubricating you marker is to read the instruction manual. The instruction manual will identify what type of oil or grease is specifically needed for your marker and the interval frequency suggested for lubricating your marker. Paintball markers all have moving parts and need this lubricant to function properly. Remember to use lubricant in small increments. Too much lubricant is just as bad as no lubricant. Excess oil and grease will attract dirt to the moving parts of the marker. A properly lubricated marker will be more accurate and experience fewer failures during game time.
Always Check the O-Rings
Compressed air propels the paintballs from your marker. The o-ring seals that hold the compressed air in the paintball gun are essential to achieve peak performance. Listen for any audio cues coming from your gun. If the marker is consistently hissing, it probably has a busted o-ring. Before removing and inspecting the o-rings, please read your owner’s manual. It is important to identify the location of each o-ring on the marker for reassembly. Visually inspect each o-ring for any cuts or tears and replace as needed.
Change Your Batteries Regularly
Sometimes you marker will just not work properly – this is a good hint that your battery may need charging or replacement. A marker that has enough battery power to fire may not have enough power to work at its best. Many times the fix to the problem requires a simple battery change. Having sufficient power in the paintball gun will save you many headaches on game day. Make sure to check your batteries before every usage and to keep a spare set of batteries while playing.
Keep It Out of the Muck
A clean paintball gun makes a happy paintball player. Unfortunately, paintball is always the most exciting when enjoyed in not-so-clean settings (such as the mud and rain), conditions that can wreak havoc on maintaining a properly working marker. When playing in these circumstances, try to avoid fully submersing your gun in the water or mud. A good idea is to use a plastic wrap over the top of your paintball marker to keep it out the elements. It isn’t always easy to keep your marker completely free of mud and water, but doing so will keep it running smoothly for years.