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Eclipse Ego 10 Refurbishing Using An Ultrasonic Cleaner

The release of the Ego 10 paintball gun marked a turning point for its manufacturer, Planet Eclipse. The Ego 10 is equipped with an LCD screen to display game timer, shot counter, the actual rate as well as the peak rate of fire. Despite having advanced features, the Planet Eclipse Ego 10 can still surrender to accumulated dirt and weakened components caused by rigorous use. Regular maintenance checks and cleaning procedures can keep your gaming firearm at its best. Both the internal and external components of your Ego 10 must be maintained to enjoy quality performance of your device for a longer time. For this purpose, an ultrasonic cleaner can be used to get rid of dirt and grime from the components of your Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun.

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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun
  • Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of the Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun

How an Ultrasonic Paintball 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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 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. 1Prepare 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. 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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 Tactical Paintball Gun

Step 1: Disassembling the Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun

CLEANING TIP: To get the most out of the cleaning process, pre-clean your marker. Wipe off mud and other dirt on your marker’s surface.

To begin, remove the bolt by lifting the attached bolt pin and slide the component right out. Release the bolt pin by pushing it down before twisting. Tap the bolt case on a surface to move the spring inside and using needle-nose pliers, push the spring out of the bolt shell. You may also use the pliers to push the insert closer to the edge of the chamber. Once the insert is in place, tug it out to separate it from the bolt shell. Set these components aside.

Next, disconnect the regulator from the main frame of your gaming firearm by gently drawing out the tube connecting the regulator to the gas chamber located under the grip. Twist the regulator until it comes right off. The regulator can be further broken down by winding the other half. Pull out the piston from the longer half of the assembly. You may now unscrew the LPR cap located at the front area of your gaming firearm. Note that this component contains two small springs and the OPR pistol inside. Please be mindful of where you keep this spring as well as other small components to avoid accidents and malfunctioning, once you put your gaming firearm back together.

For the rear area of your Planet Eclipse Ego 10, use a 3/16 allen key to loosen the cap. Insert your allen key in the middle opening found on top of the body, to nudge the Zick 2 rammer out of the shell. You may now twist off a knob found below the grip. Using needle-nose pliers or an allen key, push the shaft to release the insert.

Start disengaging the grip by unfastening screws located on the right hand side. Make use of the appropriate sized allen key to perform this procedure. Once the grips are undone, you may now separate the body from the main frame. Take away two screws that hold the body and the main frame together. The two screws are located in different parts of your gaming firearm. You will find one in the rear portion while the other is within the lining of the trigger guide.

To get to the valve spring, unfasten the FRM screw using your allen key. The valve, valve spring and the OPR body should easily fall off the shell once you remove that assembly. Now, work the valve plug loose. This plug is positioned on the underside of the body. You will have to get the valve guide fixed inside the ram housing area to complete your valve assembly. Using an allen key, push the valve guide in and out of the rammer chamber. Slowly move the body to a slanting position to obtain the valve guide.

Voila! Your Planet Eclipse Ego 10 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 Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun

After restoring your Eclipse Ego 10 with an ultrasonic cleaner, you can now rebuild your gaming firearm. Start by inserting the valve assembly inside the main body’s chamber. Reinstall the valve plug on the sides of your gaming firearm. You may now insert the valve spring in the round opening on top. Seal the spring in place with a tightened FRM screw. Note that too much tightening of the FRM screw is not advisable because it can lead your Ego 10 paintball gun to malfunction in the long run. Do not tighten the screw too much to avoid equipment malfunction.

Connect the body to the main frame by slipping the moveable components of the body into the main frame. Make sure that the components fit properly, to ensure safety and correctness of reassembly. Once you are certain of the correct fitting, return the 1/8 inch screws holding these components together. Proceed by fastening the screws to keep the grips attached to the main frame. After fastening the screws, twist to tighten up the OPR cap in position. Do the same for the smaller cap found under the grip and for the high pressure regulator as well. Once in place, connect them using the blue tube removed earlier.

Going back to the body, glide the ram back into its chamber. Use the ram cap to lock the ram in place. Once you are done with this, you may now put together the bolt assembly. Gather the insert, bolt retainer spring, bolt retainer and the bolt. Place these four components inside the bolt case. Finally, secure the assembly using the bolt pin and install the completed assembly to its proper location.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” Planet Eclipse Ego 10 paintball gun.

More Operating Tips

Competition paintball can dirty up your Planet Eclipse Ego 10 . 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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