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Smart Parts Ion Paintball Gun Refurbishing Through Ultrasonic Cleaning

The Ion paintball gun manufactured by Smart Parts is an electro-pneumatic paintball gun which runs under 200 PSI. Each unit is equipped with a standard vertical feedneck. Its stockboard boasts of four different modes which can be switched conveniently by the users. Modes include ramping, semi-automatic, automatic and 3-shot burst. Regular maintenance and cleaning procedures are needed to keep the Smart Parts Ion paintball gun performing at its best. Ultrasonic cleaners can help you carry out extensive cleaning techniques for both the internal and external components of gaming firearms and other devices.

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 Smart Parts Ion 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 Smart Parts Ion 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 Smart Parts Ion paintball gun
  • Disassembly, cleaning and reassembly of the Smart Parts Ion 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 Smart Parts Ion 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 http://www.iultrasonic.com/ultrasonic-washer-elmasonic-eh150el/ 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. 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 Smart Parts Ion paintball gun

Step 1: Disassembling the Smart Parts Ion paintball gun

Before starting on the dismantling process, make sure that you have the necessary tools including your allen keys in different sizes and screw drivers.

Turn the barrel until it comes right off. Remove the battery from its chamber by unfastening all screws that join the grips to the grip frame. Once the battery is exposed, detach it from the electrical pad and set it aside with the grips.

To separate the body from the main frame, remove the three screws that hold these parts together. They can be found in the trigger guide, behind the grip frame and inside the barrel chamber.

Safety Tip! Make sure that you keep all the screws and other small parts in an order that makes reassembly easier.

After securing these small pieces, lift the body out of the main frame. Be careful while doing this since these parts are not completely free from one another. Above the regulator, you will notice that there is a pin connecting the wires to the main frame. Use an allen key to remove this last linking piece. Once the pin is out of the way, start lifting the entire body out from the main frame by pushing the electrical plate up and out of the frame.

Using an allen key, take out the wirings attached to the body by loosening a pin placed near the front end of the body. Another pin is at the center of the body and is attached to fragile wires. Carefully remove this pin with the allen key. Hold on to the screw as you remove the pin from the body. Pull the cover of the body to reveal its internal layer. Slide out the silver disk which divides the layer into two parts.

To get to the bolt, twist the longer part of the internal layer to uncover the assembly. Gently pull out the bolt assembly once it is exposed.

Voila! Your Smart Parts Ion 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 Smart Parts Ion paintball gun

After refurbishing your Smart Parts Ion using an ultrasonic cleaner, you can now put its parts back together. Insert the bolt in the shorter end of the body then twist it with the longer half to complete the assembly. Place the silver disk in the area between these parts before sliding back the body’s external cover. Carefully reattach the wires to the body by fastening the screws loosened earlier. Make sure that you place the screws in proper order to avoid malfunctioning after reassembly.

Slip the electrical board through the main frame to bring it inside the grip frame. After this, you will notice that the body is properly positioned and ready to be fastened in place. Do not forget to return all the screws inside before arranging the body on top of the main frame. Fasten the body and the main frame together using three screws.

Place the battery in its chamber inside the grip frame. Use the grips to seal this part. Use the four screws removed earlier to hold the grips in place. Wind the barrel in place to complete your gaming firearm.

Congratulations! You have just reassembled your “brand new” Smart Parts Ion paintball gun.

More Operating Tips

Competition paintball can dirty up your Smart Parts Ion. 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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