How To Make Paintball In A Proper Way?
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 among kids, adults, and even organizations that 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 on specialized paintball fields. The field owner typically rents all the accessories that would be used to play the game, and the players would pay a token to use the field. Though indoor paintball is getting more popular day by day due to the game needs comparatively less time and it is also safer as it uses lower velocity paintballs.
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 belief 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 on 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 a 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 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 with those ingredients we highlighted 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 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 paintball 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 stings 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 about whether paintball is toxic to humans and the environment. We like said earlier, the process of making paintballs 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 paintballs are very safe and friendly to the environment. The reason for this is not far-fetched. Food coloring, mineral oils, iodine, and 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 odors
how long do paintballs last?
This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on a number of factors, including how the paintballs are stored, how often they are used, and what conditions they are used in.
Generally speaking, however, most paintballs will last for several months if they are stored properly and not used too frequently. Ultimately, it is important to check the expiration date on your paintballs and to use them before they expire.
Paintballs are designed to break on impact, so they don’t last very long. A paintball will usually only last a few shots before it needs to be replaced. Paintballs are also very sensitive to heat and cold, so they will not last as long in extreme temperatures. Finally, paintballs can absorb moisture from the air, so they will not last as long if they are stored in a humid environment.
To extend the life of your paintballs, it is important to store them properly. Paintballs should be stored in a cool, dry place. They should also be stored in an airtight container to prevent them from absorbing moisture from the air. It is also important to check the expiration date on your paintballs and to use them before they expire.
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 groups 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.