Paintball is exciting and generally safe… whether you’re playing it for the first time or a hundredth. The best part is when you’re in the field, shooting your friends, running, hiding, sniping… But there’s a problem. Paintball pellets!!
When the pellet hits you, what happens your clothes? Do they stain and damage your clothes? Let’s find out in today’s blog.
In short, paintballs won’t stain your clothes permanently. You’d be shocked to know that they are not made from actual paint (oh! The scandal!). Paintballs are actually made from non-toxic, water-soluble and bio-degradable products. This means, coloured stains can be removed easily. But if you let the stain linger on for too long; it might be too late to make your clothes clean for the next trip to the paintball field.
Before we tackle how to clean paintball stains, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how paintballs are made of.
Do Some Types of Paintballs Stain More Than Others?
Even if you take great care in washing your clothes after a game of paintball, some types of paintballs tend to stain clothes more. It generally depends on the three factors below:
I. Paintball Dye
Pink or red paintball dye have stronger stains due to the food colouring in the paint mixture. Red is a more aggressive colour and is therefore more likely to permeate your clothes, especially if you’re wearing white or lighter colours. Wear dark coloured clothing to prevent this from happening.
II. Paintball Quality
A paintball’s quality is defined by the regularity of its shell, of its weld, its staining power, its fragility (promotes breakage upon impact), and its resistance (ensures that it doesn’t break in the launcher). Poor quality balls are likely to stain clothes more as the mixture is less soluble in water.
Keep in mind that some paintball facilities actually sell poor-quality balls. It is therefore important for your safety (because cheap paintballs tend to be quite hard and pinch the skin more), when choosing a paintball establishment to be sure of the quality of the material provided.
III. Paintball Date of Manufacture
The paintball’s date of manufacture is also related to its quality. Indeed, paintballs should be used soon after manufacture. If they are too dry, they are likely to stain the clothes more. Ideally, you should go to a busy paintball facility, where the balls are quickly used up and new ones regularly availed to players.
If paintballs are of good quality, they should not leave stains on your clothes. This is because of the specific material (gelatine) that they are made from. Just make sure that you wash the stained clothes as soon as you return from the field. Keep it for longer than a day and you’ll find your clothes permanently stained.
This way, you’ll be ready for the next surprise paintball session with your friends… safe in the knowledge that you can always keep your favourite clothes stain free.
What Are Paintballs Made of?
Paintballs are made from a pharmaceutical food colouring gelatine. They are made of two solid gelatine shells (starch) filled with food colouring and welded together. The composition of the internal mixture in most cases comprises water, glycerine, sorbitol, and polyethylene glycol. (Science words… I know.)
Jayesh from EcoWise says, “Paintball has always been my favorite team sport to play. Number one, it’s fun and gets me pumped up. Number two, it is actually environmentally friendly.”
Paintballs are also both non-toxic and biodegradable. They can be of any color, but are generally fluorescent to easily locate the impact mark. You will even find some glittery ones. Players sometimes use red, but this color is rarely ever used since it is easy to confuse for blood. Red may actually be banned completely at some paintball sites.
Sandip from Agility Academy says, “Paintball is one of the most exciting sports that is excellent for building a feeling of camaraderie and closeness. We organize regular paintball outings to socialize and have fun time together, away from constraints of work.”
Depending on the different ranges of balls and brands of manufacturers, the impact power may vary widely. The vast majority of balls on the field during a paintball game will most likely be balls with incredibly low “marking” power. The balls used in competitions, however, are likely to be more fluid with greater marking power.
The quality of a ball is defined by the shell’s weld, regularity, resistance (making sure that it doesn’t break in the launcher), staining power, and fragility (promoting breakage upon impact).
Okay, now that you know that paintballs are made of fancy-named regular stuff, it’s time to reveal the secret of cleaning paintball stains.
How Do You Clean Paintball Stains?
It can be a lot of fun to spend several hours shooting paintballs at each other, but it can be a great mess too. The stains of paintball paint on a piece of cotton fabric are not a serious problem, but only if you act quickly. You’ve got to wash those stains on the very day that you got the stains. Leave it for more than a day and there’s a high risk of permanently staining your shirt.
Wendy from WendyMusic says, “Just like music, I find paintball to actively soothe me. Also, after a game, I always feel calm and relaxed. One of the reasons is the ease with which paintball stains go away. And I always make sure to wash them soon after I come home.”
Do it as soon as you get home after that paintball session. You had fun. Now it’s time to do the hard work Muhahahahaha… Just kidding. It’s easy to clean the stain as the pellets are water soluble.