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Old 11-27-2012, 08:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Boiling to clean parts

This is most likely a silly question but is there anything wrong with boiling parts(ie. frames and bodies) to clean them? I do this with firearms during restoration and I'm looking to get 2 shockers and an Alias Timmy cleaned out, the grease inside them has gotten so old the smell is near unbearable when cleaning and nothing seems to do the trick.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmm. I've never done this with a paintball marker, but it's probably not going to hurt the anodizing at those temps.
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I have poured boiling water (from a kettle) into a bowl full of parts before, but never placed parts into a pot at a rolling boil.
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Never done it but do not expect it to be a problem. I normally use Hot Tap Water to clean my paintgun and parts especially barrels. Fill deep sink with Hot Water let them soak until I can stick my hand in the water then wipe off and let air dry.

Dishwasher is also a great way to clean parts that do not have o-rings/seals on it. Also pods and hoppers...
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Ano is sealed in boiling water or 210F solutions, so that part is good. Don't leave aluminum soaking in water over night. If there is any tiny bare pits (possibly from metal inclusions anyway), they can start corroding and expand significantly. Cook it, clean it, dry it. You can flush the insides with alcohol.
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if you are unsure, get some rubbing alcohol and clean it with that. if not, pouring the boiling water over the parts then letting them sit, would work well.
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ive boiled parts before to get old gunky paint off it. didnt damage anything
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hot soapy water is good... Methanol or WD-40 will remove any other residues that don't break down in the soapy water. None of these will harm aluminum in any way, although Methanol is toxic so don't drink it (but it's fine to get on your hands a tiny bit). It's quite a bit stronger than your average rubbing alcohol which is why I prefer it (and it's widely available in 99% purity, whereas Isopropyl alcohol is sometimes restricted to lower purity due to its use in drug making).
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Removed all the Orings, threw it in a hard rolling boil for about 5 minutes, removed, scrubbed, and dried. Worked great and the bodies are like new.
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