The Tippmann A-5 is a semi-automatic paintball gun. As with any other bare metallic surface, your A-5 won’t hold a painted finish because it is nonporous. Professionals sand nonporous surfaces to enhance their adhesive capabilities. While effective on nonporous vinyl, fiberglass and plastic, this preparation technique won’t have any effect on a paintball rifle, because the metal is too durable. To generate an enduring finish on your A-5, condition it with an acidic spray primer that will etch the metal and promote paint adhesion.
1. Wash the Tippmann A-5 with a cloth dampened with soapy water. Use your thumb and/or index finger to maneuver the rag within awkward areas. Rinse the paintball gun with a fresh damp rag and dry the metal with a towel.
2. Attach painter’s tape to the selector switch, scope ocular and objective lenses and any other portions of the Tippmann A-5 that you’d like to remain unpainted. Place the paintball gun on a canvas drop cloth.
3. Coat the Tippmann A-5 with an acidic etching spray primer. To prevent the primer from clogging sensitive components, apply in brief, intermittent fogging bursts rather than soaking streams. Maintain eight inches between the paintball gun and spray tip during the entire application process. Let the A-5 dry for three hours.
4. Coat the Tippmann A-5 with a spray oil enamel. Apply in brief, intermittent fogging bursts rather than soaking streams. Maintain eight inches between the paintball gun and spray tip during the entire application process. Let the A-5 dry for three hours.