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Hi, I just realised I have been cleaning my barrel all wrong recently, using a bit of silicone oil and not turning off the hop.

 

For Cleaning I have heard that its best to use rubbing alcohol. Where do I get it?

Is white spirits the same sort of thing? I haven't a clue but we do have at least five bottles of it.

 

For Polishing I have heard its best to use a slightly abrasive 'thing' (I haven't a clue what you would call it or where to get it) to get rid of imperfections and then some sort of wax to make the barrel smooth and shiny. B)

 

If you could give suggestions as to where to get some of thus stuff, the less specialised shops the better would be brilliant.

 

Thanks for all the help, Daniel.

 

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Would T-cut Colour restorer and Auto Care deep shine wax do the job? I already have some of them :D

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Do you need to do anything after the polish? Like clean off excess?

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Would T-cut Colour restorer and Auto Care deep shine wax do the job? I already have some of them :D

 

Those would nicely!

 

Once you've done each step it doesn't hurt to use a dry J-Cloth to remove any excess, but you don't want to use too much of either liquid in the first place so there shouldn't be too much to mop up afterwards!

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Or.... you know... tesco value tissues at the end of a long rod for me. Gets the dirt and residue off fine although not for tightbores or precision barrels; I just don't care about my shitty AK barrel.

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get some isopropyl alcohol pads.. they're like 2 quid for a 100. I buy them for general degreasing and for computer work. theyre electrically safe so you can clean anywhere!

 

 

I use J-Cloths on the end of a cleaning rod in a drill for my barrel cleans.

 

First I use Wilkinsons Automotive Colour Restorer until the cloths are coming out clean, then I'll use their automotive wax to polish up. The drill should be going at a reasonably steady speed and it should be making love (this is not a quicky, light some candles, put on some Barry White, yano?) to your inner barrel. Gently in, gently out. You get what I mean so I'm going to stop making innuendo.

 

Works a treat and takes about half an hour to do properly. Found that most normal barrels cleaned this way will perform to the same standard as a tightbore that's just had a gentle clean...

 

 

Do you mean this?

 

http://www.wilko.com/car-cleaning/wilko-colour-restorer-500ml/invt/0198949

http://www.wilko.com/car-cleaning/wilko-liquid-polish-500ml/invt/0198910

 

Will that work for polishing a 6.03 TBB

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I do indeed mean those!

 

get some isopropyl alcohol pads.. they're like 2 quid for a 100. I buy them for general degreasing and for computer work. theyre electrically safe so you can clean anywhere!

 

 

 

 

Do you mean this?

 

http://www.wilko.com/car-cleaning/wilko-colour-restorer-500ml/invt/0198949

http://www.wilko.com/car-cleaning/wilko-liquid-polish-500ml/invt/0198910

 

Will that work for polishing a 6.03 TBB

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Brake disc cleaner on a strip of J cloth! (That's what Landwarrior told me to do) :)

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Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) Pre-Injection Pads unfold the 2 layers and cut into 2 squares. Fit through the eye of a cleaning rod and spin inside the barrel as you push it down to the end and pull it back up. The hop should be mainly but not completely off, so that the bump gets cleaned of any residual grease/oil particulates which have been sucked through the gearbox into the cylinder and any dirt stuck to them. Continue until the pad comes out clean.

 

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I've only fired my M4 once...

 

 

Don't think i muzzled it yet!

Plus i always use a muzzle cap when transporting, even when walking onto the field of play!

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I just... Don't clean my barrels.

 

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Well I saw your video about how your absolute caked up filthy barrel full of silicon greese was shooting off centre and the cleaning you had to do!

 

I found initially I had to clean the barrel out a lot after the first game because the gearbox shot a tonne of greese down the barrel, but after that first game it stopped doing it and no longer produces utterly filthy pads.

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Well I saw your video about how your absolute caked up filthy barrel full of silicon greese was shooting off centre and the cleaning you had to do!

 

I found initially I had to clean the barrel out a lot after the first game because the gearbox shot a tonne of greese down the barrel, but after that first game it stopped doing it and no longer produces utterly filthy pads.

Well, when needs must lol.

 

Obviously in that case I HAD to clean the barrel because there was a sticky substance stuck in it causing the shots to veer off. It was like having a second hop rubber half way down the side of the barrel.

 

But that's the first time I've ever cleaned either a gas or AEG barrel before and I don't feel I've ever suffered particularly for it.

 

I am very careful with my guns though, I see a lot of people ramming their muzzles into the ground fairly often. I don't think anyone ever does it on purpose, but they're definitely not consciously reminding themselves not to do it either, whereas I am. So perhaps that's got something to do with it.

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I've only ever fallen over twice (both times on wet steps) and always landed with my weapon pointing to the sky BUT there will be a 1st time

 

My mate fell over and dug the muzzle of my pistol and his M4 into the mud, luckily for him, it was the flash hider blocked and not the barrel, took it off and washed through with water

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Apologies to dig up an old thread but this really isn't worth a new one.

 

I use alcohol spray, is this alright? I can't find what purity it actually is and don't want to cock up my new barrel/hop up if it's going to leave a residue.

 

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/isopropyl-alcohol-400ml-re79l

 

I also bought some micro fibre clothes from the pound shop which work really well, you can just cut off a tiny rectangle, soak it in alcohol and push it through several times with a rod. I make sure it's a tight fit innuendo innuendo etc and it seems to work well for a quick spruce up.

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Alcho wipes - just easier all round

few quid for 100 on fleabay

 

if in ya bag then a small pair of scissors would help......

 

open pouch, unfold the wipe and cut in half....

one half put to one side

the other half clean barrel 90% of the way max to avoid hop

by the time you cleaned barrel a couple of passes....

the other square is nigh on dry and do do a final pass to clean/polish

(though alcho would of evaporated it just helps to do a final pass with a dry/dryer clean wipe)

 

silicone oil is only to be used if you know what you are doing and even then it is risky

plus you need only a lightly damp alcho wipe and if you ever think of using silicone - the tinyest spec on a rag is plenty

polish silicone is a must but as I said use just alcho in modest amounts for a while until you get the hang of it

 

The clever stuff is getting to know your gun - so that you feel it might need cleaning when it is shooting a bit weird

You don't have to clean barrel after every mag/round/game.....

if you go too heavy handed and keep using dirty cloth/tissue then you can scratch barrel anyway

so clean it really when you think it might need it - not coz it has been half hour since I last cleaned her

 

if it still shoots $hit after you cleaned barrel - then no amount of barrel cleaning is gonna make it shoot 30m further/straighter

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It is probably just good sense to keep any stuff away from bucking though I will state I do not know....

 

Over time the ridge in the bucking may become dirty and even "polished" or a sheen may appear from so called "polished bb's"

You push enough stuff across any surface and wear and smooth possible polished surface may take place.....

This bit I'm fairly certain must happen over time which must affect the hop or magnus effect

suppose the more hop factor comes into play but up to a point where nub/ridge applies too much force rather than grip to produce backspin

 

Now one of the best things to reduce slip or oil/greasy stuff is good ol' warm soapy suds from washing up liquid

So you could clean bucking in this but truth be told the risk of damage if stripping down unit increases

Truth be told if its that crap - replace bucking......

 

But based on the theory/fact about washing up liquid.....

 

MAYBE - when installing a new bucking, wash the thing first in washing up liquid to create a cleaner & more "grippy" surface

That should create backspin without needing so much force on bucking......

 

This bit is totally untested but one of my things to consider and try but always after fitting I think - damn I meant to do that....

 

Cleaning with any solution may leave a possible residue but alcho should be ok if ridge is dirty/contaminated but still could leave a light deposit

(though can't be no worse than a really $hitted up ridge)

The other main problem is if you ram that rod past the ridge - even if you clean it better you may damage the bucking lips

and either feed problem or bb's feed too easy into barrel/hop - it should have a slight grip but slight moderate pressure to pop bb into barrel under ridge/nub.

 

Best sound advice is to keep away from bucking and consider possible cleaning of whole barrel with hop turned off if the bucking/ridge seems crap

(worth a go I guess but most likely new bucking may be needed if bucking is damaged - most likely)

 

Me personally - clean barrel say 85%ish of the way and play a little cautious rather than - ooh f*ck now its much worse

(wish I had a quid for each time I tweaked something and the ar$e fell out of it, the amount of time at work I had to spend getting something back to how it was 95% ok when my little tweak/improvement resulted in all the wheels falling off after going from round to mega pear shape)

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