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Old 05-24-2011, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing finger nail polish detents

Hey guys,

I bought a PGP from a user on here (cool guy, btw) a little while back, and I finally got a chance to take it out to the field (though I haven't been able to get a tap to make an RVA yet). However, I had tested it previously with my field's paint, and of course it rolled right through - so I installed finger nail polish detents just ahead of the bolt, where the paintball sits....

But my field switched paint brands this year.

Now, the paintballs actually get a bit stuck in the PGP's barrel ... so when I went to try it out, the balls got severely slowed down by the detents I put in, and it could only fire 160 fps in 25 degree (Celsius) weather.

So, my question is, is it safe to use nail polish remover (acetone) to remove the detents? Will it harm the brass? Will it harm o-rings/seals? I have no tool to remove the valve, so I would probably try to dab the affected area of the barrel rather than pour.

Are there other ways to do this?

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not sure how o-rings react to acetone so I wouldn't try that option. I have always been able to just scrape them off with my fingernail.

However, your problem does not sound like your nail polish wedgits are the problem. I have shot severely underbored paint before without effects like that.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Use nail polish remover on a swab. Or acetone. Grab a 16ga shotgun swab, and it should do nicely. Acetone will wreck some seals, but if you keep it localized, you should be fine.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yep, just use acetone and avoid getting it down the valve transfer port. Your detents should be ahead of that port, so you should be good as long as you pay attention. Tear the gun down if you can.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool, thanks guys - was mostly worried it would harm the brass. Just put some tissue on a kebab stick and soaked in acetone repeatedly lol.
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