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Old 11-17-2012, 06:04 PM #1
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How Do You Clean?

Hey guys, I'm just starting this thread to talk about some ways to clean your gear that others might not have thought of. Let's get the ideas flowin'!

Some things that I do is from time to time I'll soak my barrels in the sink, and then squeegee the water out. I'll also actually stick my mask onto one of those electric floor fans to help dry it out after I wash it a bit.

Anyone else got anything different that could help others?
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:24 PM #2
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I have found that those air can dusters help get paint/shells out of places that even a cue tip can reach. For example, gauge threading on some markers or between the ASA and frame on others.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:34 PM #3
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Some things that I do is from time to time I'll soak my barrels in the sink, and then squeegee the water out.
That really helps a lot. I do that with 90% of my equipment (except the soft)
Also, remove your mask's lenses and soak them in a mix of water and dish soap ESPECIALLY if they've been fogging up. Works better than any store-bought defogger I've ever used.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:28 PM #4
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i clean my marker hopper, tank with alcohol. i hand wash my pod pack, barrel sleeve, mask barrels in a wash sink with dawn dish soap. i throw the pod pack, barrel sleeve, lens frame in the washer for the spin cycle to get most of the water off.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:41 PM #5
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i usually just wipe down my marker with baby wipes and paper towels, unless the paint is really in there, then i completelly take it apart and wash it with warm water. I do the same for my mask. As for my barrel, i wash it in the sink and wet my squeege and run it through the barrel a few times until it looks perfect.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:45 PM #6
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for cleaning markers (or anywhere that's hard to reach) use a toothbrush. no joke, go out and buy an el-cheapo toothbrush and you'll be able to get everything to 'factory' clean.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:41 AM #7
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I clean all my gear in the tub by hand. It's less rough and ps shaving cream is the best anti fog
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:16 AM #8
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I personally use a few drops of dawn dish soap in a full kitchen sink. And let all my stuff soak. I use a toothbrush to scrub stuff skeeky clean. Then Q-tips, can compressed air, microfiber towl to dry outside. And squeegee & barrel swab to dry out the inside of barrels along with the inside of the body of guns.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:03 AM #9
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I take of my grips of my mini to clean gun hits. I find that parts of a paintball get inside the marker.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:36 AM #10
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q-tips, toothpicks, water, paper towels.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:59 PM #11
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Hot water - rinsing through the barrel, disassembled mask, other parts. Microfiber cloth to wipe things down with.

At the field I keep a spray bottle full of plain water - great for cleaning off lenses, splatter on other stuff, etc.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:03 PM #12
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Lots of good ideas in here, especially the different anti-fogs and the toothbrush bit!Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:46 PM #13
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When I first started many years ago there were no electronics on guns and since I didn't know any better I would just fill the bath tub with hot water and dunk everything. I would then break it all down, dry it off, lube it up and put it back together. This was also a good way of spotting leaks!
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Soft gear in the shower (pack, vest, cleats, mask) after I play. No joke, it's effective, I have a sprayer, and I can get myself clean. I clean my marker's outsides with a microfiber rag and an Army issue weapons cleaning brush. Barrels are soaked in a sink and squeegee'd. Hoppers are wiped down. If there's paint on the inside, which doesn't happen often, I'll disassemble them and wipe down the inside. Hope that helped.
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for cleaning markers (or anywhere that's hard to reach) use a toothbrush. no joke, go out and buy an el-cheapo toothbrush and you'll be able to get everything to 'factory' clean.
This, soft bristle super cheap toothbrush is amazing on markers.

Also if you have gloss markers I spray a little of plain pledge on a micro fiber (not much, just a little) and wipe down the anno with it. Makes it really shine.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:51 PM #17
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Steamer to clean my barrel/mask (not lens).
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:29 AM #18
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after 21 years of practice here is my routine:

Gun exterior: 50% isopropyl 50% water in spray bottle for anything aluminum. wipe dry w/ microfiber. lightly coat exterior with air tool oil. (using tooth brush for cracks). Bolt & Upper Tube: Pull bolt and clean upper tube w/ light spray of alcohol mixture and TP/dowel. Lightly lube upper tube w/ air tool oil. Clean bolt w/ TP. Lightly lube w/ air tool oil. Cycle pump a few times to move oil around. Finish with two drops of air tool oil in the asa. I don't clean the rest of the interior unless there is a problem as this can lead to unnecessary wear and tear. If I have to disassemble my gun for repair THEN I'll deep clean the rest of the interior. Store gun in zip up neoprene lap top case to prevent dings and scratches.

Aluminum Barrels: spray inside and out w/ hot water in sink then I'll spray the inside with 50/50 isopropyl mixture and dry with a wad of TP pushed w/ a 1/2"x16" wooden* dowel. Repeat until TP comes out clean. (*wood doesn't scratch.) Store in neoprene case to prevent dings and scratches and to keep clean. TIP1: Dont use paper towels - they scratch. TIP2: Don't use squeegees to clean - they are dirty and will scratch interior. TIP3: Wash your squeegee.
NOTE: CF barrels don't like TP - see manufacturer's suggestions for cleaning CF barrels and CF tips.


Goggles: spray w/ warm water in sink and let dry on wife's dish rack or on a towel. Let air out for a day or two. I plexus my lenses every other month or so. TIP1: never use paper towels on lenses... esp inside.... it scratches. TIP2: never use Windex or ammonia on plastic.. it eats coatings... TIP 3: Don't use hot water on lenses - it causes fog on inside of thermals. Store goggles in bags that breath.
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