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Old 01-15-2017, 06:27 PM #1
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keeping old paintballs good

i went paintballing today and i left without using all my paint but i opened one of the bags and put it into my hauler. will these paintballs stay good for a month or so or should i just shoot them in my back yard???
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Old 01-15-2017, 06:29 PM #2
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they'll be fine for a month or two, so long as you keep them climate-controlled and away from humidity.
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:03 PM #3
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depending on the field you might not be able to use them. most fields will only let you use their paint bought that day.
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Old 01-15-2017, 07:10 PM #4
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I've yet to come across that. If you show them that it's paint that you bought at that location, they'[ll usualyl let you use it. I've yet to come across a field that won't.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:43 PM #5
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I've been doing some long-term testing with different brands of paint.

Currently have some Marbs that is five months old, some Graffiti that is over a year old, and some Formula 13 that is nearly three years old, all of which are in great shape and shoot just fine.

Matter of fact, out of curiosity, just went outside and did a drop test, and all three broke from nose height.

Don't know what was in the water when that particular batch of 13 was made, but it is the roundest paint I've ever measured, and while it doesn't break as well as some of the higher end stuff, it is nonetheless impressive that it keeps hanging in there. I shoot less and less of it less and less, of course, because now there isn't much left, and I can't believe it continues to function.

Some paint does better than others, clearly.

Had a half case of Marbs and a full case of Evil from LL7. Both were horrible at the event.

If you looked at them wrong they broke.

The marbs would empty out of the shell if left overnight on a paper towel.

After less than six months they turned into soup in the bag.

On the other hand, a year later the Evil actually shot better than it did at Legends.

Had some Redemption that was horrible to start and got worse each week.

Sometimes you get bad batches, sometimes you get batches that have been improperly stored, and there isn't always a clear reason.

The only way to know if your paint will last is to keep it, and store it properly. Keep it closed up, keep it as cool and as dry as you can, and roll your boxes. I turn my boxes on end every couple of weeks in order to keep it from dimpling. So after a couple of months or so, the boxes end up right side up again.

If you have sweaty paint you might try a paper towel in the bag. Desiccant bags, as come with lots of decent paint, are good to keep for such occasions.

Ziplocs are also your friend here.

But definitely don't believe the panicked shrieks of people who talk about paint being only good for a very limited time. In my experience almost all paint that starts life as a good batch will last much, much longer than most people would believe.

My guess is that people are either exaggerating or else simply don't store it properly.

Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:50 PM #6
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+1 on the ziplock bags.

Also, I've heard that if you're storing it for quite a while, be sure to rotate the paint so it doesn't get flat on one side.
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Old 01-19-2017, 10:54 PM #7
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I'll make a contribution to the thread with this nugget:

In 2013 my favorite brand of paintballs changed from .686" diameter to .681" because the manufacturer changed facilities or equipment or whatever.

So I got bummed out and put the batch of .681" paintballs into long term storage, in a cool dark area that my landlord allowed me to store in. The new size was too small for my particular gun

Fast forward 8 months. I got the itch to play paintball again, so I took out those same paintballs and discovered to my delight they had swelled to .686" size! Swelled an extra .005" in diameter. And were totally still-usable, round, etc.

So,
I don't know if you find this helpful or not.
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:49 PM #8
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If it's properly stored a long time
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:42 PM #9
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Keep them sealed and make sure climate doesn't fluctuate too much. Humidity will decrease the life of them.
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