How to Polish the Bolt of a Paintball Gun

by Iam Jaebi
Polish the bolt for efficient operation.

Polish the bolt for efficient operation.

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Paintball guns are comprised of several mechanical parts that work together to shoot paintballs at high speeds. The component that comes into contact with the paintball and allows the capsules to load and eject from the gun is called a bolt. Polishing the bolt regularly is an ideal way to reduce friction associated with the loading mechanism, allowing for quicker action and lower pressure to shoot paintballs. Polishing your bolt requires you to partially disassemble your paintball gun.

Items you will need

  • Paintball gun manual
  • Non-corrosive household cleaner
  • Paper towel
  • Polishing compound
  • Rotary tool with polishing attachment
Step 1

Twist the barrel counterclockwise to unscrew it from the paintball gun.

Step 2

Follow the directions included in the manual for your paintball gun to loosen the bolt. Depending on the model of your paintball gun, this may involve twisting or pulling the bolt knob free of the gun body. Slide the bolt free of the marker barrel by pulling it with your fingers, making sure to keep springs, o-rings and other components together.

Step 3

Apply the household cleaner to the paper towel and wipe excess dirt and grime and paint off of the bolt. Rub the bolt with the paper towel and cleaner repeatedly until it is clean. Use another paper towel to dry the bolt.

Step 4

Apply the compound to the polishing attachment and then lock the attachment on the rotary tool. Turn the tool on and press it along the body of the bolt, making sure to cover the entire body. Residue naturally builds as you polish.

Step 5

Wipe the residue clear of the bolt with a paper towel and observe it for a polished shine. Repeat the previous step, if necessary.

Step 6

Reassemble the paintball gun in the reverse order you disassembled it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure that the air tank is removed from the gun before attempting to disassemble it.
  • Point the barrel in a safe direction when working during assembly and disassembly.
  • Pay close attention to springs near the bolt, as these may bounce and fall away and compromise your gun's operation.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

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