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    Posted: 19 February 2005 at 2:53pm

Hey Guys, I heard that everyonce in awhile you have to have the Flatline Sanded or do something to the inside... Does anyone know how long you should wait untill you have that done? I'm just wondering because I've had my A5 with the flatline for a year now...

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Something like 100,000 balls or so...
I wouldn't worry about--and It's bead blasted so the surface stays rough, and so the paintballs don't slip.

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Originally posted by TippmannA5Mastr TippmannA5Mastr wrote:

Hey Guys, I heard that everyonce in awhile you have to have the Flatline Sanded or do something to the inside... Does anyone know how long you should wait untill you have that done? I'm just wondering because I've had my A5 with the flatline for a year now...

 

 

Does the Rough texture on the inside of the barrel wear off? Does that effect the range/accuracy?

Yes, yes and yes. But according to the guys from the Tippmann workshop, the problem with wear on the internal barrel texture should become an issue until you've fired off around 200,000 paintballs. Tippmann HAS tested the barrel before releasing it to the public. They also noted that a lot of the problem with pre-mature wear on A-5 Flatlines seems to be improper cleaning, use of anything other than a paintball (Rufus Dawg T-Balls can damage the barrel) or user error.

Proper cleaning of the Flatline is with accomplished using warm to hot dish water with dish soap and a soft squeegie. Do not use abrasive brushes, straight shots and the like.

DO NOT SEND THE BARREL IN WITHOUT TALKING TO TIPPMANN FIRST.

We've been warning people for a while about this rumor on the Flatline and fighting a war on this FALSE statement. The flatlines DO NOT wear out after a couple cases of paint unless YOU are doing something wrong.

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yes, every 200,000 shots, it can be sent back to tippmann for re-glass blasting. not sand or bead blasting, but glass. thats why the inside is crystaly and white. i think they redo it for free if you show them the reciept or some proof.
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Wow, thanks alot guys... I'm going to send tippmann an E-mail... Thanks

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Sand blasting, bead blasting, and glass blasting are all the same thing...
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^ not exactly. they all diferate 

sand blasting is a fast way to quickly wear, erode or weather a surface. the sand is blasted againt the surface quickly wearing it away. it sands the surface if you will, and prepares it for painting or any other applications, or just for a worn look. it does not stick.

bead blasting is blasting or spraying a surface with a mixture of metal oxides, glass beads, metal shot, assorted plastics, and others materials giving it a semi-glossy, evenly rough looking finish.

but glass blasting is with fine grained glass which gives it a fine scratched finish, or preparation. tippmann uses this accept they have techniques to make it stick the inside of the flatline barrel.

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