Dont use cheap paint. Leave it stock and shoot the marker. I played this past weekend with year old paint and it was cold out, my etha didn't fair too well. It was the first use as well. On the bright side it was about 5 mins to clean the entire gun inside and out! When I was able to shoot the paint I had it shot great. I was having troubles in both my Etha and Etek3. The paint was bad
. Just play with it ! You will enjoy it a ton!