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Recondition Your Piranha GTI The Ultrasonic Way

The Piranha GTI is a reliable paintball gun for first time users. It is a stacked-tube blowback gaming equipment that’s simple to use. Each unit comes with spyder-threaded barrels and can function on CO2 or Compressed Air. The Piranha GTI paintball gun is available in different models including the Piranha GTI+ and Piranha GTI+ Rampage to answer specific gaming requirements. Piranha GTI paintball guns are not exempted from getting dirt and grime. Maintain the condition of your gaming gun by regularly cleaning it, inside and out. An ultrasonic cleaner is a reliable quality control equipment that can help you with this.

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 Piranha GTI 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 Piranha GTI 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 Piranha GTI paintball gun
  • Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of the Piranha GTI 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 Piranha GTI 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. 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 Piranha GTI paintball gun

Step 1: Disassembling the Piranha GTI paintball gun

Make sure that you have the necessary tools to carry out the procedure. You will need allen keys in different sizes or a screw driver to dismantle your Piranha paintball gun.

Rotate the front barrel of your paintball gun counter-clockwise to remove it from the main body. Push out the pin in the rear area to detach the bolt. Tilt the assembly downwards after removing the bolt. You now have the main housing assembly, the striker, velocity spring and the trio ring bolt.

Using an allen key, remove the gas chamber by loosening the two screws that hold it in place. Once the screws are out, turn the other half of the gas chamber counterclockwise to disengage it completely from the main body.

Unfasten the four screws attaching the grips to the frame. Lift the grips to expose the battery compartment. Before taking out the battery, make sure that you properly set aside the small push button in the compartment.

Voila! Your Piranha GTI 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.

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 Piranha GTI paintball gun

Start by reinstalling the battery and the bolt pin inside the chamber. Arrange the grips on top of the battery assembly to cover it. Tighten the four screws removed earlier to keep the grips in place.

Twist the gas chamber back to position before securing its bottom half with screws.

For the bolt, attach the striker and the velocity spring to the trio ring bolt. Insert the connected parts to the main body of your gaming firearm. Reposition the bolt pin at the rear end of your Piranha GTI paintball gun. Twist the front barrel into place.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” Piranha GTI paintball gun.

More Operating Tips

Competition paintball can dirty up your Piranha GTI. 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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