If you are a paintball enthusiast, you already know that there is some significant meaning to this query. One of the most important aspects of playing paintball is the safe use of paintballs that have not been stored improperly. Failure to store your paintballs correctly can cause them to dry, harden and become brittle. The firing process for all paintballs is that they tend to stretch or warp in the same manner that a water balloon does when thrown. If a paintball is too hard from age, it will break or crack in the chamber and explode paint into your gun instead of out to your target.
Some paintballs will show visible signs of aging such as bubbles on their surface or they may have a warped appearance. If in doubt, there is a simple test you can use to see if your paintballs are safe. Safely stored paintballs should be able to be bounced on the ground around 3 to 5 times without breaking.
Storing your paintballs the proper way will keep them from drying out and becoming brittle. It should be understood that most paintballs are made of biodegradable materials. This means that the paint will wash off from items that it comes in contact with. This is even if your paintballs happen to break where they are stored.
A dry, cool place is the best one for your paintballs to be stored. Paintballs usually come in a package that is conducive to resisting the elements and will keep them stored until use. One point of note is that paintballs are only good for storing for a set amount of time. You’ll want to refer to the paintballs manufacturer for how long you can store your paintballs before they become less effective and start to harden; even in the package.
Make sure that heavy objects are not placed on top of your paintballs as this may compromise the integrity of their shell. Also make sure that your paintballs are not exposed to direct sunlight for any length of time as they can weaken from the sun’s rays.
Paintballs are not all the same. When you are considering how to store your paintballs it is important to take into consideration the type of paintballs you are storing. Even though all paintballs are filled with paint and fashioned into a ball shape, there are different kinds of paint and materials that make up the shell. These differences have a lot to do with how you store them.
For the most part, the more expensive paintballs are the better quality you are purchasing. It is also very likely that the more you pay for your paintballs, the longer you will be able to store them before they are at risk of becoming brittle or are at risk of breaking. No matter what type of paintballs you have, you can use the break test when you bring them out of storage before you load your gun.