Originally Posted by Grinder060
I wasn't sure if one of these existed, so I figured I would make one up.
BASIC AEG MAINTENANCE AND CARE
1. Clean your barrel! It's one of the most important parts in having an air gun. Cleaning your barrel is good practice after every use, especially if you have a tight bore barrel. This will prevent jams and keep your gun shooting like a champ.
Use this end of your your cleaning rod, tear off a little piece of napkin and put it through the little hole and wrap it around. And like Robin said, use only 100% silicon oil.
Thats is the ABSOLUTE WRONG WAY to clean a barrel.
DO NOT USE ANY SILICONE TO CLEAN. SILICONE IS NOT A CLEANING AGENT. SILICONE WILL DIRTY A BARREL.
The correct way to clean a barrel, is to use isotrophol (sp) alcohol. Silicone will actually dirty a barrel. WAAAAY dirty a barrel. In fact it will make it as most unefficient as it can be.
So, for barrel and hopup cleaning, use 70+% rubbing alcohol.
To lube the hopup, use 100% pure, silicone rc shock oil, not the crap made for airsoft. Silicone made for airsoft is NOT 100% pure silicone as it uses other chemicals to compress and spray it. RC shock oil is pure liquid silicone, something you WONT find with ANY airsoft mfg silicone.
Next, using silicone on a barrel to clean it will :
A: reduce fps
B: Reduce consistency
c: lower fps
d: cause malfunctions.
in the end, you DON'T want a lubed barrel. You want a clean barrel. Being silicone lubes, and not cleans, your adding dirt to the barrel by using silicone. You need alcohol to get it down to bare, clean metal. Anything else... well guess what, your not cleaning.
in the end, airsoft myths need to stop here. Silicone doesn't clean, it lubes. Its a simple concept that I'm surprised most don't understand.
You follow the guide in this thread it will a: weaken your gun, b: cause inconsistencies you wouldn't see with a real cleaning method.
in the end, this thread = fail because its mis information going on common myths of aeg users. Open your mind and think with your head... because real life, is exactly opposite as what was said. (and if anyone wants to argue with me, lets go to the range and see who is hitting 275-300 feet consistently. It sure aint any of the aeg users on this site
And to specifically point a finger, robin was not only wrong about the silicone, he was mis informed. But, we will cut him slack, because this is a common mistake with new airsofters.
NEVER EVER USE SILICONE TO CLEAN, AS THATS NOT ONLY ITS OPPOSITE INTENDED USE, ITS GOING AGAINST PURE PHYSICS. lube = drag. Sure lube fixes friction, but being a barrel isn't designed to add friction and needs to be spotless clean, it means, silicone as a cleaning agent will just add drag, dust, dirt, and really turn the cleaning intervals into a by use type of ordeal. So once again, ALCOHOL is the ONLY cleaning agent for barres... bar none. And like said, any one who wants to contest it, feel free to compete with me range wise... as I will quickly show you what really works, and what doesn't. End of story.