I was cleaning out my the Carbon Fiber Tip yesterday and when I swabbed it out, I noticed a black shard in the swab.
I inspected the barrell and found this:
I then emailed the photos to Empire's Paintball Solutions and received this response:
"You must use a rubber squeegie to clean the carbon fiber barrels. If you use a battle swab, the micro fibers grab onto the fibers from the carbon."
Maybe I'm just a newbie, but this is what the Instructional Manual indicates:
"It is recommended that all sections of the barrel be removed before any maintenance or disassembly is performed. Simply turn the full barrel counter-clockwise to remove. Use warm water and a barrel cleaning device to keep the barrel in top conditions. Dry thoroughly."
No where does it indicate that I shouldn't use a barrel swab or to only use a rubber squeegie. Not too happy with the response from Empire on this one.
Is the damage going to affect the performance of the barrel? I'm a screwed and have to buy a new Vanquish barrel tip? What's your thoughts on how to clean a Carbon Fiber Barrel, in general?