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CCI Phantom Paintball Gun Restoration With An Ultrasonic Cleaner

The CCI Phantom is a functional and easy to use paintball gun that uses compressed air in all its functions. Being a highly customizable model, the CCI Phantom can be configured to suit the needs of various users. The compact gaming firearm also boasts of a well-crafted Nelson-based design for comfortable use. Keeping your paintball gun performing at its best requires meticulous care. An ultrasonic cleaner can be of assistance in achieving quality performance by keeping your CCI Phantom clean, inside and out.

After a weekend paintball field competition serious paintball shooters will take the time to thoroughly clean their weapon. Although there are plenty of paintball gun cleaning kits out there, only an ultrasonic cleaner can be trusted to completely remove dirt, grit, grime, excess paint from broken balls and other harmful deposits that if not taken care of can quickly imperil the performance of a CCI Phantom paintball gun.

Ultrasonic cleaners, in fact, are used by hunters, target shooters, law enforcement agencies and the military to thoroughly clean weapons on a regular basis. Retailers, repair services and shooting clubs employ the technology realizing that the importance of a clean rifle or pistol, whether for paintball shooting or cartridge shooting, increases with the size of the investment.

Here we’ll take a look on how to employ ultrasonic cleaning for the CCI Phantom paintball gun. We’ll cover:

Here you will learn:

  • How an ultrasonic paintball gun cleaner works
  • Selecting and setting up an ultrasonic cleaner for the CCI Phantom paintball gun
  • Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of the CCI Phantom paintball gun

How an Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner Works

Ultrasonic cleaners can be purchased in a variety of cleaning tank sizes, some ideal for paintball pistols and others for the larger components of paintball rifles. The ultrasonic cleaning process replaces sprays and swabs with what is called cavitation action. This is described as the violent implosion of millions of microscopic bubbles in the biodegradable ultrasonic cleaning solution. Unlike spotty results from manual cleaning operations, these bubbles can access any surface of a paintball gun immersed in the solution and safely blast away all contaminants.

The bubbles are created by transducers bonded to the tank and excited by a generator to frequencies typically ranging from 25 kHz to 130 kHz (thousands of cycles per second). A good frequency range for cleaning paintball guns is between 37 and 42 kHz.

Selecting and setting up an ultrasonic cleaner for a CCI Phantom paintball gun

Ultrasonic paintball gun cleaners are priced by cleaning tank capacity and the features offered. For example, the 37 kHz, 1.5 gallon capacity ultrasonic washer complete with basket, heater, timer, drain, and “Sweep” function can be purchased for under $850.00. The latter function creates a slight fluctuation in ultrasonic frequency to avoid what is called a standing wave of relatively high and low ultrasonic energy that could cause uneven cleaning.

After placing the ultrasonic paintball gun cleaner on the workbench take these steps before you start cleaning:

  1. Prepare a biodegradable ultrasonic cleaner solution such as elma tec clean A4 diluted to 2% to 5% with water. This is a universal cleaner for surfaces made of metal, glass, ceramics, plastics and rubber to remove oil, grease, and other organic contamination and dust. Pour it into the ultrasonic tank until it is about 2/3 full, or to the fill line.
  2. Turn the ultrasonic cleaner on and set the thermostat to approximately 65?C. Let it operate without a load until air bubbles no longer rise to the surface. Entrapped air in the solution degrades the cavitation action and must be removed each time you prepare new cleaning solution.

Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of the CCI Phantom paintball gun

Step 1: Disassembling the CCI Phantom paintball gun.

CLEANING TIP:Maximize the outcome of the cleaning process by pre-cleaning your marker. Remove mud and other dirt that can be easily wiped off.

Start by unfastening two thumb screws found on the underside of your gaming firearm. Doing so will detach the click frame from its upper half. Pull the valve backwards to release it. The hammer and the main spring can also be lifted easily.

Hold the barrel tightly and unscrew it from the rest of the assembly. Remove both the pump arm and the arm from the front bolt. Use a channel lock to take apart your valve. Remember to grip on the big silver part tightly to loosen it from position. Once removed, you will get the valve spring, cap seal, screw and other small parts inside the valve.

Voila! Your CCI Phantom paintball gun has been successfully disassembled. Its parts are now ready to be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaner.

Step 2: Cleaning the components

Set the ultrasonic cleaner thermostat to 65°C. While the solution is heating, place your paintball gun components into the mesh cleaning basket taking care that they do not touch each other.

When the operating temperature is reached lower the basket into the cleaning solution and set the timer for 20 minutes. Make sure there are no trapped air pockets inside the parts. Begin the cleaning. Cleaning time depends on the condition of the components. With practice you’ll have the process down pat.

At the end of the cycle remove the components from the bath. If they do not appear to be clean change the orientation of the parts in the basket and continue cleaning until the cleaning is complete. Do not reach into an operating ultrasonic bath. Instead remove the basket for inspections.

Rinse the components with water and dry them with warm air. Lightly lubricate the internal parts including o-rings with paint gun oil before reassembly.

Step 3: Reassembling the CCI Phantom paintball gun

Begin putting your paintball gun back together by inserting the valve assembly inside its frame. Note that you will have to use a channel lock to secure the valve assembly in place. Prepare the main body of your gaming firearm and the bolt. Insert the bolt in the slot found on the main body to connect the pump arm properly. Slide the pump arm over the bolt and attach them together by screwing the barrel on tightly to hold these components in place.

Attach the spring to the hammer before inserting it on the hole found in the main frame’s body. Then attach the grip frame on the assembly by aligning its screw holes with that of the main body. Use the thumb screws to secure the grip and the assembly in place.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” CCI Phantom paintball gun.

More Operating Tips

Competition paintball can dirty up your CCI Phantom. Oils, paint residue and other contaminants that rise to the surface during operation of the bath should be skimmed off and disposed of properly. As the cleaning solution becomes discolored or cleaning time takes longer it is time to replace it. Drain the tank and dispose of the spent solution according to local regulations. Take the time to remove sludge that settled to the bottom of the tank. Clean the tank using a cleaning process recommended by the manufacturer.

Questions: Contact the iUltrasonic ultrasonic cleaning experts at 973 821-3406

Disclaimer: This advice is not provided by a licensed gunsmith. Follow at your own risk. We assume no liability for any damages caused by following the advice in this article.


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