So you’re looking to start playing paintball, and you’re wondering how to make paintball? Relax and take a chill pill. You have come to the right place to seek answers to your curiosity.
History of Paintball
The game of paintball didn’t start today; it was developed way back in the 1960s. Today, paintball has gained traction amongst kids, adults, and even organizations use it as a team-building mechanism. The game involves shooting your opponents with paint pellets from an airgun in a manner that is very similar to the popular “Capture the Flag” game played mostly by children.
Most people play paintball outdoors, specifically in specialized paintball fields. The field owner typically rent all the accessories that would be used to play the game, and the players would pay a token to use the field.
The equipment used to play the game includes paintballs, paintball gun, safety goggles, as well as carbon dioxide cartridges to expel the paintball. Playing paintball is fun when done in teams. Officially, a team size shouldn’t exceed 15 players; but unofficially, team size can be as much as 40 to 50 players. The beauty of paintball is that it builds team spirit and keeps kids engaged.
What Ingredients Are Used To Make Paintball?
There is a wide believe out there that paintball ingredients are mostly paints. After all, from the name, it is called “paintball.” Well, while this may not be far from the truth; today, paintballs are not made of paint due to some regulations by the authorities that frown at messing up the ground with paint.Environmental standards have made industry specialists start making biodegradable and soluble paint that water can easily wash off.
Therefore, the ingredients used to make paintballs include:
- Ethylene glycol
- Mineral Oils
- Food Coloring
Iodine, Ethylene glycol, Calcium, and Mineral oils make the “paint” part of paintball, while food coloring gives it the color needed. How manufacturers mix, these ingredients remain a top trade secret for most of them. When these ingredients are mixed, the result is still in a liquid form. Another ingredient is introduced to form the ball.
The Outer Shell
Traditionally, pharmaceutical companies used the same method (capsule method) of manufacturing liquid pills to make paintballs. The outer shell of paintball was glass since it was mostly used to mark cattle and trees.
Since paintball started gaining popularity as a game, manufacturers then replace the glass outer shell with gelatin materials.
How Are Paintballs Made?
Like we said earlier, the process of making paintballs remains a top-secret for most manufacturers. But the process is a bit complicated. First, there is a machine or device that creates dimples into two strips of gelatin. The dimples so created from half of the ball. The machine then fills the mixture of those ingredients we highlighted about into the other half of the ball.
The two halves are then combined to form one solid paintball under high temperatures. At this stage, the paintball has not yet formed the perfect shape suitable for firing. It is then conveyed to a tumbling drum where the device turns very fast, which causes the paintball to bounce continuously inside the drum. This spinning inside the drum makes the paintball to form a perfect shape for firing. As the drum temperature cools down, the balls begin to solidify to stay in that perfect shape which we fire at our opponents.
The final task of this manufacturing process is to allow the balls to completely dry. As soon the drying process is completed, the balls are now ready to be fired.
Myths About Paintballs
If you are an experienced player, the chances are that you must have heard so many myths about paintballs. The most prominent myth we have heard most recently is the freezing of the balls. To put the record straight, the temperature that paintballs can freeze is around -15 degrees C.
At this temperature; we don’t think most freezers on the market can freeze the balls. At most, the balls would take a new shape and won’t be suitable for firing during gameplay. If you fire such balls, it won’t make it to your projected target.
When playing the game, ensure you protect yourself from paintball sting. The good idea is to wear paintball-specific clothes and pants. Then use quality hand gloves, plus, a good face mask to protect your face. Keep it at the back of your mind that as you paintball, you’d be doing things like crawling, kneeling, and even diving. These activities may also expose your lower body to bruises, hits, and scratches if you don’t protect yourself.
Are Paintballs Toxic To Humans?
Lately, we have been inundated with questions and queries whether or not paintball is toxic to humans and the environment. We like said earlier, the process of making paintball now is different from the traditional practice which rendered the environment unsuitable and threatened human existence due to the use of oil and real paint.
Today’s paintball are very safe and friendly with the environment. The reason for this is not far-fetched. The food coloring, mineral oils, iodine, or ethylene glycol are all safe ingredients. You can easily wash them off if it stains your clothes during game-play. These ingredients also do not emit bad fumes or odor.
Can I Make Paintball At Home?
If you have the machine to facilitate the processes of making paintball, of course, you can make paintball at home.
There you have it! Paintball is not only meant for adults. It is for everyone – from college kids, women, girls, boys, friends, scouting groups, church group to office buddies, fire department, as well as recreational youth organizations.
Ultimately, paintball is a fun game for different categories of people. Now that you know how to make paintball, you can go all out with your friends to play paintball without damaging the environment.
What’s your experience making homemade paintballs? Please share your thoughts and experience with us so that others can learn and improve on the processes.