Originally Posted by floods
Don't be afraid of maintenance. Be afraid of repair.
I shoot a Luxe, which most people say is ZOMG MAINTENANCE: Remove engine, take 4 pieces apart, wipe, lube, reassemble, cotton swab the detents & eyes, swap the barrel and body... done.
Sure there are occasional things like rebuilding a reg, but in the age if the interwebs you can find tutorials on anything. The only thing that can be difficult on markers is locating leaks if/when you get one. If you have a modicum of mechanical aptitude and responsibility then paintball markers are extremely easy to maintain.
TL;DR - Maintenance is largely over-exaggerated
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I have owned more spools than poppets in my day and I am not sure why people think maintenance has to happen multiple times a day. The truth is, it doesn't. Some people wipe down the old lube and reapply new lube right before they play, others right after (like me) and I have never had an issue. It is a good habit to maintain your gear, because the amount of effort you put into taking proper care of them will translate into performance on the field.
Bottom line is maintenance is important, but in more aspects than just paintball. Regular oil changes/car maintenance, computer updates, cleaning real firearms, etc. Paintball is no different.