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Old 12-12-2012, 10:09 PM #1
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How would you guys wash your gear?

I heard you put all your stuff in the washer (jerseys, pants, squeegees, harnesses.. ect...) and put it on cold, delicate cycle. My washer doesn't have a delicate cycle. It's the kind with the agitator thing in the middle, so it's kinda tough on clothes. Is it still ok to wash my harness in it?
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:21 AM #2
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You should be fine...can't be any worse than what the pack goes through during play. I throw all my gear in the washer and run it through the "heavy soil" setting and all is fine.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:54 AM #3
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Just use cold water when you run it and you are fine.

The delicate just means that it spins less hard and fast - paintball gear is made to be durable. The delicate setting is for things that are really thing and shouldn't be stretched in the way that this setting can do to them.


I find when you use hot water it really ruins your gear fast.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:58 AM #4
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Make sure you secure all Velcro and zippers first.. I suggest throwing sandanas into garmet bags to reduce the risk of Velcro ripping the netting up.

Keep in mind that the more often you hook and unhook Velcro the faster it wears out.. so if you wash stuff frequently that added fastening and unhooking can add up quick and pretty soon your Velcro is shot.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:16 PM #5
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How would you dry all your stuff then? I find that the inside of my harness is still wet, after 3 days. Would using low heat or air dry in the dryer be good?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:21 PM #6
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I hang and air dry all my gear. Put your pack in front of a fan or hang it in the sun if you have problems drying it.
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Water hose and air dry. Or if the weather is to bad, washing machine, cold water. Air dry. Air dry. A dryer will kill clothing faster than anything
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:46 PM #8
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The thing is, my washer might tear things apart over time, and also make them lose their shape. You guys sure that washing all my stuff in it is all right?
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:37 PM #9
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The thing is, my washer might tear things apart over time, and also make them lose their shape. You guys sure that washing all my stuff in it is all right?
I machine wash my gear after every weekend of play. Have not had any issues yet.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:08 AM #10
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Just use a water hose and hang dry.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:42 AM #11
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I tend to use the drier to dry things if I'm in a time crunch. My drier has several heat settings though- Ultra low, Low, Medium, Warm, Hot. The low setting is equivalent to the heat felt from a moderately sunny day through windows so I use that.. My opinion is that if your gear survives being X temperature in a car parked in the sun, then a drier up to or a little below that temperature is probably not going to hurt anything.
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Machine wash on cold and delicate and air dry.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:09 PM #13
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go to the car wash and pressure wash w/ soap then pressure rinse just water... ring it out, hank it in the shower or tumble dry w/o heat, wear...

its funny because I just got asked this and im surprised nobody has recommended this yet
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:13 AM #14
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Ok then, what about cleaning your mask and hopper and gun? I see pros have all their insides of their hoppers sparkly clean with no oil stains at all.

Paintballs leave a lot of oil on the inside of your hopper. I've tried wiping the oil off but it took me a long time. Same with inside of your pods.
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DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT put your pack in the washing machine; especially if it doesn't have a delicate cycle. Everything else should be OK to wash cold and hang to dry. Don't put your stuff in the dryer either.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:07 PM #16
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Ok then, how would i wash my pack if you shouldnt do that? And also, with the other question about cleaning your hopper/ pods?
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Your pack will be fine in a washing machine, just make sure you have the velcro squared away and fastened for the reasons people stated above.

I put all my gear in the wash after each day of play and let it air dry, never had anything get torn up or otherwise rendered unusable by my washing machine but if you don't feel comfortable using the washing machine (my washing machine has about 90 million different settings so I use the gentlest one) then just hosing it off and letting it air dry will be fine.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:54 PM #18
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Going off the thread subject for a bit, but to what extent should you clean your "non clothing" gear? Like pods, hoppers, guns. Should you clean your pods to where even the oil from paintballs in it is wiped off? Same question with the marker. At the end of the day, all of my "solid" gear has oil from paint in it.

Also, how would you clean your hopper? I know you just take it apart and stuff. But what do you wipe it down with? Do you use rubbing alcohol?

I generally wipe everything down with a watered cloth, until all the oil is gone. I just wanna make sure that the extent i'm cleaning to is correct, and that I'm not overdoing it.
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I use a mixture of dish soap rubbing alcohol and lots of water in a spray bottle to clean hard gear but I spray a towel and wipe it down

To clean my gear after playing I throw it in a Rubbermaid storage container mix with laundry detergent and water throwing it in mix it up rinse it and air dry.

For pods valken and redz had pod cleaning kits. Looked like big barrel swab on one side and a mop head on the other
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So for example, for guns, you'd get the rubbing alcohol solution, spray it on your gun or towel, and wipe it down?

To what extent do you clean it? So that every single bit of paint in the crevasses are gone, and that so there's absolutely no oil from paintballs anywhere on the gun?

What about pods, do you have to clean it so that all the oil is gone from it?
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So for example, for guns, you'd get the rubbing alcohol solution, spray it on your gun or towel, and wipe it down?

To what extent do you clean it? So that every single bit of paint in the crevasses are gone, and that so there's absolutely no oil from paintballs anywhere on the gun?

What about pods, do you have to clean it so that all the oil is gone from it?
Yup on the first and second part....I usually fully disassemble my guns and clean them the reassembly and wipe them down again

Pods I just rinse out and air dry then wipe them down with a towel
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