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How to Pick Paintball Paint

Learn how to pick paintball paint from paintball pro Mike "Pev" Peverill in this Howcast video.


My name is Mike Peverill. I'm here at Pev's Paintball Park in Aldie, Virginia. I've been playing paintball nearly 30 years. I've played professional paintball with numerous pro teams all over the world. This facility here was built from the ground up for paintball, kind of like a paintball Disney Land. Our website is Hopefully you can come out and visit us sometime.

A lot of people ask me all the time, how come some paint costs 40 bucks a case, and some costs 80 bucks a case? And there is a big difference in the quality of paintballs. What people don't understand is paintballs being made by food gelatins, similar to a Vitamin E capsule. They are biodegradable, and they're affected by the environment. So, humidity, for example, moisture, heat. You know, that all affects the quality of the paintball. So, when I tell people the curing process for the paintball, the longer the curing process, typically, you're gonna have a better quality paintball. So obviously, that's why the cost goes up. And also some of the ingredients inside the paintballs. Some paintballs have more starch and less of some of the other ingredients. But the starch is the cheaper ingredient. And some have oil in them, similar to fry grease, for example. So it all depends on what you want. A really hard paintball that you find in these stores in these buckets. The reason why they hurt, and the reason why they're no good is because, you know, the ingredients in them are sub-par. So, at our paintball facility, for years, I worked in the manufacturing industry for paintball as well. And I understand what it takes to make paintballs. And our paintballs here at Pev's Paintball are custom-made, based on the blends that I choose, that works for Pev's Paintball and the environment we're in. I want a great experience. I don't want the ball to break in the gun, so you gotta have a blend. In order to get that right blend, it costs a little bit more. So based on the ingredients that's used to make our brand of paintballs. So basically, what happens, is we take the paint, and, you know, we work with the paintball manufacturer to make the paint blend that works for us. If it works well coming out of our rental guns, so it never breaks. 'Cause remember, paint coming out of a rental gun, if it comes out broken every time, like a spray can, the customer's not gonna have a good time. They're not gonna wanna come back. I need them to have an enjoyable experience. So I went them to have the best grade paint they can. But at the same time, they're not gonna spend 80 bucks on a case of paint for some high-end stuff. They're gonna want to spend a little bit less. So, it all varies on what you're doing. So, you need to go to a quality paint. But, like, if you're playing in a tournament. Like, playing in a professional paintball tournament, those guys use a paint that's so brittle, that you just drop it 1 time on the ground, it won't even bounce, it breaks. But it's working in guns that they're designed to use, which are these high end-guns that cost $1000 that have low pressure. This paint is like the combination in between. So if you want the right paint, pick a paint that's gonna fit your ball size to the barrel, and also pick a good paint that's gonna last in the environment. The heat, humidity, and something that's not too hard, that's not gonna break.

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