How To Clean A Paintball Gun? A Pro Guide! 2024

Cleaning a paintball gun is kind of like brushing your teeth. Paintball guns have a shorter period if neglected than one that is properly cleaned and oiled timely.

The lifespan and performance of a paintball gun are often directly dependent upon its cleaning and maintenance schedule.

It is very essential to clean and wash your paintball gun after every game you play. If you leave it uncleaned for a long span, the dirt will start to clog the gun and will lead you to invest in a new paintball gun.

You can remove every part of the gun and wash it with water if needed.

[Remember]: Do not wash an electronic paintball gun in water under any case. If you want to do so, make sure to remove all the electronic parts of the gun first and dry it off completely when done.

In this blog, we will guide you through the proper steps of How To Clean a Paintball Gun, and maintain and take care of a paintball gun. We have tried to cover almost everything from disassembling the gun to cleaning the barrel and other parts.

Let’s learn how to clean your paintball gun.

Essentials for Cleaning the Paintball Gun:

How To Clean A Paintball Gun

For cleaning the Paintball markers, the following are the essentials necessary for the whole process.

  • Soft cloths
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Small Toothbrush
  • Wipers
  • Warm water
  • Oil or lubricant
  • Grease
  • Pull-through squeegee (Barrel cleaner)
  • Gun solvent
  • Barrel swab 
  • Q-tips and Pipe cleaners
  • Helping Tools for disassembly
  • Smartphone camera (for making photos and Videos before disassembling the gun)

Pro Guide to Take Care of Paintball Guns:

Remove the Compressed Air Tank or CO2:


First of all, remove your gun’s air tank or release CO2 to prevent you from any injury or accidental fires. No matter which gas you are using, make sure to de-gass the air tank before beginning. Also, try to have a barrel cover over the end of your barrel.

If you are using electronic Paintball guns then make sure to remove the batteries before you begin the cleaning process because batteries can leak somewhat easily and can be hazardous for the person.

[Safety Measure]: Removing batteries is very important to avoid any injuries from misfires. Along with safety, this will allow you better access to other parts and make cleaning easier later on! 

Disassemble the Gun:

Disassemble paintball gun

After the air tank has been removed from the Gun, now disassemble your gun according to the professional step-by-step guide mentioned in the manual for effective cleaning.

You will have to remove the Gun barrel, bolts, hammer, grip frame, and hopper. It is very necessary to arrange these pieces in the correct order and close to each other so that you can later reassemble your gun more easily.

Organize the Paintball Parts:

There are multiple parts of a paintball gun. Having an organized workplace helps to arrange the parts in the order specified. For instance, you can pair these parts and their components to make reassembling the gun easier.

how to clean a paintball Gun Barrel:

The cleaning process will start with the Gun barrel.

  • First, you should wash the outside of the barrel with warm water or Microfiber cloth to get rid of any debris. For cleaning tiny dust, you can use a barrel swab as well.
  • After that, you need to use a squeegee (Barrel Cleaner) to clean the barrel’s interior.
  • Pull the squeegee through the barrel to remove any residues and dirt inside the gun. 
  • Dry it again with hot water and a microfiber towel.

Clean the Paintball Gun’s Body:

For this step, you will need a sponge, a toothbrush, and warm water.

  • First, use a squeegee to clean the Gun’s body. A wet microfiber cloth or towel is used to remove any dirt or residuals on the gun’s body.
  • To clean the hard-reach areas, use pipe cleaners soaked with solvent and small brushes and cotton buds. If you feel any resistant stains and paint, you can scrub them with a soft toothbrush.
  • You can use a rag or brush with solvent on one side and then dry rags on both sides to remove any paint stains.
  • Finally, clean all of the excess paint, dirt, and grease with a Warm Microfiber cloth or paper towel.

Cleaning the Gun’s Grip Frame: 

The Next step is to remove and clean any dried paint or debris on the grip frame.

  • Make sure to remove all dried paint using a toothbrush or dry microfiber towel.
  • You can also use a wet cotton bud as well.
  • Make sure that you don’t detach the trigger apart because it’s hard to reassemble.

Clean the Bolt and Hammer:

  • Use a wet paper towel to clean out any dirt and residual in the bolt and hammer.
  • Wipe them to dry with paper towels. The paintball’s bolt and hammer need to be dirt-free to gain their best performance.
  • Besides, you need to keep an eye on O-rings to see their condition. If they get damaged, you will have to repair or replace them with new ones before reassembling the gun.

Checking and replacement of Batteries:

If you have electronic Paintball guns, and you don’t want your gun to stop operating in the middle of your game and lose all the excitement, then check and maintain any damage related to the battery if necessary.

Conduct an Inspection on Your Gun Components:

To maintain a Paintball gun after each game, it is necessary to inspect your gun thoroughly. It is very necessary to take your time with every part and look for damages after cleaning and drying.

  • First, you need to inspect the O-rings covering the air chamber of the gun.
  • If you feel cracks or worn damages on O Rings, you should replace them with new ones.
  • Good O-rings help you perform well on the track.
  • After that, move on to the inner parts and check all the bolts and screws. If any of them get damaged, replace them with new ones.
  • In this way, you can keep your gun maintained for the game.

Lubricate Your Paintball Gun with Oil:

  • After the inspection, your paintball gun has been completely cleaned.
  • Now It’s time to Lubricate the gun with oil so that it can operate smoothly without any hurdles.
  • The risk of damaging the marker is increased if a special oil developed for this purpose is not used.
  • Do not use too much oil for the components of the gun because excessive oil will drip from your gun and affect your performance.
  • Do not forget to lubricate your O-rings properly to prevent CO2 or air leaks.

[Pro Tip]: Make sure to dry completely all the parts of the gun before you apply any oil.

Reassemble your Paintball Gun:

Reassemble paintball gun

The last step is to reassemble your paintball gun after cleaning and maintaining it.  

  • Put all the components of the guns back together. This step requires great care to assemble the gun correctly. A minor mistake can lead to danger for you.
  • Make sure to follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for proper assembly.
  • We also recommend you watch the reference video recording that you recorded during disassembling at every step.  

Final Verdict:

A clean and maintained gun is very important for a perfect paintball game. It will enhance the lifespan of the gun and perform perfectly every time.

By following the steps above, you can thoroughly clean your paintball gun.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How often should I clean my paintball gun?

Ideally, after every use, but at the very least, it should be cleaned after every day of play.

What do I need to clean my paintball gun?

A cleaning kit, lubricant, and a cleaning solution.

Can I use water to clean my paintball gun?

No, never use water to clean your paintball gun, as it can damage the internal parts.

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