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Tips to keep your paintball marker running like new


Simple maintenance tips by Ken Farris, owner of

Basics of Paintball Maintenance.

The two most common questions I hear from a paintball gun owner is “What do I need to do to maintain it?” and “It leaks or doesn’t shoot; how do I fix it?”  These few basic questions are answered here.

Maintaining your paintball gun is pretty easy.  You can actually cause more harm doing too much than too little with a Tippmann paintball gun. 

Maintain your Tippmann marker

Rules to keep your gun running:

1)      Don’t get it real wet or pack mud and dirt in it.  Face planting your gun into the dirt or stream will require you to take apart your gun, scoop out the mud, and wipe off the water.

2)      Don’t take your gun apart more than you need to.  You are more likely to have a problem losing, incorrectly assembling, or stripping out the bolts with the Allen tool.

3)      Never use oil that isn’t made for paintball guns.  The wrong oil can destroy your O-rings.

4)      Only use enough oil on your gun to coat the seals.  Extra oil will just collect dirt (see rule #1).

5)      Wipe down the outside of your gun after playing for the day.  Paint left on your gun will be hard to remove if not wiped down.

6)      Remove your barrel and clean with a squeegee.  Using water is also ok after each day you play.  Paint build up inside the barrel will make your gun inaccurate.

Maintain your Tippmann marker

Diagnosing your gun problem.  

(Yes, the first steps are very basic, but these really are the most common problems.)

1)      Take the barrel off the gun.  This helps prevent you from firing that paintball you were sure wasn’t loaded when you test the gun.

2)       Make sure your CO2 bottle (or Air bottle) is not empty or has a valve problem.  Try a different bottle.  Don’t test our gun with a remote line attached.  The problem could be the remote line.

3)      If your gun uses a battery, replace it.

4)      If the gun leaks near the bottle, check the CO2 bottle O-ring.  These go bad often.

5)      If the gun fires like it is a full auto (and it isn’t) refer to step #2 and #3 then fire the gun with the CO2 bottle upside down. This dumps liquid CO2 into the gun and increases the pressure.  If the gun fires correctly when you do this, your problem is most likely the O-rings.  Replace the front and rear bolt O-ring.  Clean the inside and re-oil.  If the gun continues to fire full auto, your problem is most likely mechanical.  The problem is probably with the sear or trigger system and rear bolt.

6)      If balls are rolling out your barrel, check your ball detent.  It may need to be replaced.

The above rules will cover 95% of all your paintball problems.  Still need help?  Know that Tippmann has the best warranty of any paintball manufacturer.  Still worried?  Know that your Tippmann is the only gun that you can probably get away with not cleaning at all… and it will still work a year later. I have been guilty of this.

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Ken Farris is the owner of Tippmann Parts, an authorized retailer and service center for Tippmann products, using the name Tippmann with the permission of Tippmann Sports.  Ken has been working on and maintaining Tippmann paintball guns since 1988.




Good info! Learned the hard way. bought used guns that were not taken care of. Do you have more advanced tips?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:59 PM by Mark Starr
"Know that your Tippmann is the only gun that you can probably get away with not cleaning at all… and it will still work a year later" 
Never a truer statement 
Other than external cleaning, barrel cleaning and occasional strip downs and oiling my x7 has received virtually no loving care. 
It has received the care it deserves 2 or 3 times - ratchet upgrade from the original, and cleanups - all by paul banks of uk tippmann support  
It does not get to play all of the time, but when it does it plays hard
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 6:39 PM by Tom
Really good tips i will give all my customers so they can do it on they own marquers too
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 7:10 PM by luis garcia
"Never use oil that isn’t made for paintball guns. The wrong oil can destroy your O-rings."  
Not always the case. I have 60 Tippmann paintball markers and have found over the past 5 years that 3in1 oil works better than any other oil. 
See out Tippmann markers in action 
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 3:16 AM by Rick Dean
I use hopps number 9 on my A5 and 98s on the phenom I use gog grease or something of that type!!!  
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:01 AM by ben rose
Gog grease for Phenom and Hoppe's 9 oil for A5 and 98 are great. Some "oils" will dissolve the orings. WD-40 is an example of a bad "oil" that will cause a very expensive valve replacement. 
Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:48 PM by Ken Farris
Checking the valve on the CO2, excellent tip - easily forgotten!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 1:57 PM by Craig
im the paintball instructor at the camp i work at and we use tippmann 98 and tippmann 99, the problem i am having is when replacing the power tubes unable to put i a new valve any suggestion while be helpful 
Posted @ Friday, August 09, 2013 2:53 PM by josh
My tippman gryphon paintball gun works ok, but after a few hours it kind of went into auto mode then it stopped. I thought my tank was empty, so I put a new tank on it. It still didn't work. How do you fix it?
Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 6:33 PM by Jack
After a year with the Project Salvo the gun start firing in full auto . What should i repace the sear spring or the sear
Posted @ Monday, September 02, 2013 9:23 AM by Daniel Gascon
Thx for the nice tips...
Posted @ Sunday, September 08, 2013 5:21 AM by Onepaintball
Great post! I'm terrible at remembering to do even the most basic maintenance... Definitely going to link to it :)
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:46 PM by Michael Burke
Great post! Thanks!
Posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:40 PM by Kevin Right
I want a gun 
Posted @ Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:46 AM by Sultan al saleh
Okay to use Mineral oil for lube? Have an older marker that says to use mineral oil. 
a5 manual says to use Hoppes #9 gun oil.  
Paintball shop says to only use "paintball" lube..."never use air tool oil, paintball oil is specially made for paintball markers." Seriously? I'm all about supporting the local shop, but not for spending $5 on 1 oz of oil when other stuff is cheaper and works just fine.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:04 PM by Strephen O
The tippman FT12 kit that we purchased came with a small tube of oil. It said mineral oil on it. 
seen many comments not to use mineral oil on paintball guns can any clarify this for me
Posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 9:55 AM by m
If it came in the box it should be good for use. We also use 3-in-one on Tippmann98s which works great.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:27 PM by Rick Dean
Paintball game game is an action in which players deal, in categories or individually, to eliminate opponents by marking them with products containing water dissolved dye and gelatin invest outside operated from a system known as a paintball tracking.Best air rifle for shootout. 
Posted @ Sunday, June 01, 2014 2:30 AM by Julio
Can you leave good batteries in a hopper or a gun or do you have to take the good batteries out when you are done with playing?
Posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:24 PM by Joe
what should i use for maintenance oil,lube,or grease.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:34 PM by jonathan gutierrez
Nice info, i like this site. i will visit this site again in the next time. Thank's !
Posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:16 AM by Obat Penghancur Batu Ginjal
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