Originally paintballs were nothing more than sponge soaked balls. They were used for marking trees which were going to be cut down. In those sponge-balls there really was some degree of paint, which is now replaced with much more modern ingredients that make up modern paint balls.
Nowadays, the ‘paint’ that is filled in the balls is a mixture of Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, coloured dye and sometimes a little wax.
Inside The Paintballs
Here is some information about the ingredients in paintballs: Propylene Glycol is quickly and easily absorbed by cells. This compound is the main reason for the awful taste, which is very “popular”. Sorbitol in Polyethylene Glycol is used for preventing the mixture liquid from drying out. Both these compounds are non-toxic and water soluble, so you don’t need to worry about stains on your skin or hair from paintballs. They can easily be wiped off with hot water and soap.
Another ingredient in paintballs is the colour dye. It is something just like the commercial food colouring dyes, but in much lighter concentration.
And the last one, which is not constantly used, is called wax and causes thickening of the mixture.
So, that was information about what’s inside paint balls, and now- about the ball itself. It is a small capsule with very thin gelatine skin (or cover). This gelatine skin is important because it has to scatter when it reaches the opponent’s body and stain him or her.
They are not perfectly round and all of them have a seam. It is equally aligned around the ball, and it is larger there. At the poles, however, it is smaller. The right size cannot be pointed, because they can vary from batches to batches or even from balls to balls. Even the best paintball manufacturers not always produce paintballs that are as good as they should be. Sometimes there are batches of balls that are too small, too large; too hard or too soft; consequently you have to be careful when choosing them.
How should you store them in order to protect them from damages? First, you have to keep them in a dry environment with a temperature under 60 C. The place should be isolated from possible temperature variations, or at least big temperature variations. High temperatures or humidity can cause the paintballs to explode, so you should be careful not to put them under direct sunlight. It is not good for the balls to be in a hot or humid place even for short periods of time, because it can swell them. But if you follow these instructions you will not face the problem of wiping off large stains from the walls of your house.
There are some interesting facts about the qualities of paintballs:
- Their velocity is measured in feet per second, or fps.
- The most appropriate speed is under 300 fps (or 204 Mph). However, many paintball fields have reduced their damaging of speed down to 285 fps. But this should not bother you.
- The best fly of a normal paintball is from 280 fps to 290 fps, and, as you can see, our pleasure of playing is not at all cut down.
- Their average weight is 3.201g.
And consequently, here comes the question- whether it hurts or not when you are hit by one. First of all, depends on how fast the ball has been coming towards you before it reaches you. It is important whether the paintball brakes or not, as it can just bounce from your body and finally- the type of clothing you wear. In fact, people say, they donâ€™t really feel much.
So donâ€™t be afraid to go to play, simply because you think paintballs can cause you harm. Not at all!!! This game is considered to be safer than any other outdoor game!