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#1 User is offline   nerfer9 

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 12:43 AM

I recently got into a short conversation on the IRC chatroom about blaster care. I explained to a newer member the things I do to keep my older guns (and newer) "healthy". After thinking about this for a while, I thought that it would be a good idea to create a topic for newer members showing them how to keep their blasters functioning properly. I think that if people followed my advice, we wouldn't have to see another rare blaster die after such a short life. Some of you may think that I am "spoon feeding", but this topic is something I don't hear talked about very often. Lets get started.

Spring guns:
lubricate your blaster every 2 months or so and after any major use (find a plastic safe lube here)
Take bungees off the gun when not in use
Remove the spring when not in use (I disagree, I think that you can leave the spring inside the gun)
Check for any damage after every war or every few months
Wipe your blaster down with a damp paper towel to remove dust.
Don't dry fire at all.


Airguns:
Lubricate the moving parts every 2 months of so of after any major use (find a safe lube here)
Keep one pump of air inside the blaster when not in use (this helps keep the o-ring lubricated and keeps dirt from getting inside the internals)
Replace tubing after a year or so. (Some people say its not necessary, but I've had an experience where the tubing on a 3k blew after I hadn't used it for a year)
Check any connections under water for leaks after any major use or every 6 months.
Check any previous patches or repairs every 6 months.
Wipe your blaster down with a damp paper towel to remove dust.


Painted blasters:
Touch up any scratches or marks in the paint after any few months.
Keep a protective clear coat over the paint.
Avoid setting on hard objects.
Avoid leaving it in the sun.
Avoid spilling chemicals such as paint thinner, acetone, fingernail polish remover, or other solvents on the paint.



I will happily update this if anyone has any suggestions.

This post has been edited by nerfer9: 06 January 2010 - 07:09 PM

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#2 User is offline   Blue 

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:14 AM

Replacing tubing is pointless... I don't think it wears out unless you have cut it or something. Also, keeping guns in your garage or somewhere indoors instead of outside helps a lot. I have never had any dust on my guns. One thing you should not do is lube your gun with anything that comes from a spray can, use silicone grease or mineral oil. I have not found a need to relube any of my guns, and it has been over a year on some. Upkeep for nerf guns is very minimal.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:58 AM

Indeed you can leave the spring inside, but don't put it away primed, and for springers: don't dry-fire often.

Dry fireing air blasters once and a while is good for expelling dirt and keeps the rubber seal from drying/cracking.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:50 AM

View Postpjotrkuh, on Jan 6 2010, 04:58 AM, said:

Indeed you can leave the spring inside, but don't put it away primed, and for springers: don't dry-fire often.

Dry fireing air blasters once and a while is good for expelling dirt and keeps the rubber seal from drying/cracking.


i disagree. it may be personal preference but i am a firm believer in NEVER dry firing (spring blasters) unless nesisary (such as taking the clip out of a longshot.)

perhaps its not relivent to Nerf blasters but it cant be good to have excess impact on your internals. if its bad for something as simple as a bow and arrow, its bad for Nerf as well.


if your doing it to expel dust from your innards, shooting it with a dart will expel the dust with more pressure (since the pressure builds up behind the dart)
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 09:13 AM

Never dry-fire your springer! Even if you've got the plunger head padded with a ton of sponge rubber, it ain't a good idea for any reason.

If you need to 'expel dust', disassemble your blaster and swab that shit out with a Q-tip! Firing your blaster with dust in it scratches your O-ring and plunger tube, anyways.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:11 AM

Sorry Guardian21 with air blasters I ment pressurized blasters lake at-series and hornets and stuff'.

Just for the record:

With dry fire-ing the plunger head slams into the barrel post, creating stress, especially with multiple springs and stronger spring replacements.

Also when replacing springs be careful at measuring spring length, as a too long spring will put more unnecassary stress on the plunger tube barrel-post.

This post has been edited by pjotrkuh: 06 January 2010 - 10:13 AM

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:50 AM

I constantly use my Jobar for many things involving cleaning. For example, after I have dremeled a lot of PVC and it's all over me, I use my Jobar to get it all off. I also use it to clear out little specs of dust/plastic that is inside an open shell. I know this is kind of off topic but I thought it was somewhat necessary to add.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:08 PM

View PostBlue, on Jan 6 2010, 01:14 AM, said:

Replacing tubing is pointless... I don't think it wears out unless you have cut it or something..


I left a 3k in my basement for a year or so, I pumped it up twice and the tubing blew. Thats why I replace my tubing.
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Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:35 PM

View Postnerfer9, on Jan 6 2010, 07:08 PM, said:

View PostBlue, on Jan 6 2010, 01:14 AM, said:

Replacing tubing is pointless... I don't think it wears out unless you have cut it or something..


I left a 3k in my basement for a year or so, I pumped it up twice and the tubing blew. Thats why I replace my tubing.


Probably your goop, I think that stuff dries out and turns into crusty yellow stuff overtime. Think about the wildfires, powerclips and all those other blasters nerf made years ago with tubing... Generally, the tubing works fine, but those rubber bladders seem to deteriorate a bit and leak.
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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:47 PM

on the verge of sounding really idiotic, i just want to make sure that its common knowledge that whenever you are not using your bullets, keep them out of the clips if you use them. Not really blaster care, but I thought it would be appropriate
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 05:37 PM

Wait since when are you supposed to perform annual maintenance to a nerf gun? Is there a dealer I can take it to who will update the gun's carfax report with the service record?
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:56 AM

I agree with TED this is completly useless, I mean your blasters are NOT REAL GUNS. If something breaks we all [should] know how to fix it.
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