State of the Paint! Issues with paintbullets abound.

Well, at least we are getting another blog up and it isn’t taking a month.. or two.

With that said, we here at Hustle Paintball have something to gripe about. Paintballs! As you all know, we are not just a retailer, we are players too. Because of this we are very big activists on only stocking and selling good paint. The problem with this is that it is difficult to find a brand of paint that is consistently reliable. We have been trying all kinds of paint lately and needless to say we just have not had the results that we are looking for. I mean, we have gone through boxes of paint that is “brittle” that does not break worth a crap, and does not shoot straight. We have also gone through a period where an entire skid of paint was rendered pretty much useless because it stained (no, this was not generic brand paint).

The thing is, we are not just looking for one factor. We here like to stock two types of paint – one mid-grade paint at $39.99 with a thick enough shell for un-regulated blowback style markers. As well as one high-grade brittle paint anywhere from $45.00-55.00 depending on the case. You would think this would be simple, but the variables we are looking for just differ so much between brands!

Our faces, when we think of what used to be.

Really, I think the problem stems from the manufacturing. We have had batches of a particular kind of paint that has been absolutely godly. We have then gotten a batch of the same kind at a later time and it is some of the most awful paint we have ever used. All of you guys out there thinking in your head “Do you store it correctly? How old is it?” – We play, we run a store, we’re knowledgeable people about this stuff. The paint on our temperature controlled showroom sits at most 3 weeks before it is sold.

So, the search for paint continues. We just got in a skid from one of our manufacturers that looks quite promising. However, only time will tell if we have found the right paint or if we need to continue looking. What paint has been the most reliable for you guys? Do you seem to have this issue yourselves? What is your personal favorite paint? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Thanks so much for reading! – Trevor

9 thoughts on “State of the Paint! Issues with paintbullets abound.

  1. Having sold a lot more paint than you….its a never ending problem. Trying to find a ROUND ball that is properly sized for magfed guns is proving to be a challenge too. The simple fact is, nobody has spent a lot of time trying to make a good ball over the last 15 years because most people just want a cheap ball. That being said Valken Graffiti has been the best thing I have found so far. One of the problems you guys face is the altitude you play at and the low humidity. I have seen a ball that was great on the East Coast (same batch and lot number) be describe by guys in the West Coast warehouse as “crap” on dozens of occasions. Making a paintball is still more art than science and EVERYTHING makes a difference.

  2. My brothers, friends and most others at our field (Superior Paintball – Superior, WI) have come to appreciate Redemption the last 3 years. we’ve shot Marbalizer, Empire premium, V1, Surge among various other types and by far Redemption has been the best. I used a mil sim marker originally then switched to Tiberius T8s (Duals) and now the PE Etha, brother’s markers include Tippmann X7c, Phenom, A5, custom 98, PMR 9, and a G4 and in all of those markers Redemption seemed to be the best, most accurate and most guaranteed to break on contact, paintballs. They’re pretty much always seamless and completely round. I run a gravity feed 50 round hopper on my Etha and my brother runs an electro hopper on his newish MacDev Tactical Drone, none of the markers above broke paint inside with Redemption but did on occasion with any of the other paint I listed. Anyway, that’s my two cents, Hope it helps.

  3. I haven’t consistently used a “high grade” paint enough to really say, but I’ve used the x-ball paint from sports authority quite often and it is about what I’d expect paying around $40 a case (I generally get it when it’s on sale, or I have one of their 20-25% coupons so it ends up being in the $30 range)

    obviously since it’s from SA you have to hope to find a case that’s not been sitting there for over a month. I’ve generally been lucky finding 2wk-old stuff

    I bought a case of valken graffiti back in february at a scenario, and I was still using it this month (I use a pistol primary) and it’s still is just as good as when I picked it up. That’s only a 1 case experience though

  4. Honestly, of all the Valken paint, or paint in particular we have tried recently. Graffiti is consistent and shoots really well – we are looking forward to checking out the new batch we just got in. Also, Valken paint boxes are just so much better.

    Thanks for the comments, keep them coming guys!

    - Trevor

  5. That makes total sense that the climate can make a difference. However I do think you’re certainly spot on about people not working on making a good ball in recent years and just working on making a budget ball. When are you coming to visit Doug?!

    - Trevor

  6. I would definitely agree that manufacturers are generally more concerned with a cheap ball rather than a good ball, since that’s what the market demands. But difference in Climate must certainly be a huge player in the inconsistency of paintball quality.
    I suggest you, Hustle Paintball, Buy a paintball machine and manufacture you’re own Paintballs! Imagine! Local climate friendly paintballs manufactured right here in Colorado! No more worries about time being shipped or time sat in the factory a hundred miles away. They’ll always be fresh and reliable!

  7. That is certainly a factor when it comes to storing, and in some cases transport. However, for the most part, climate should not affect a FRESH box of paintballs. As for making paintballs oursevles, I completely agree! If only we had hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around for the endeavor :P.

  8. Okay, so I’m late to this party. But aren’t there only a few OEMs for paint? And everyone else just resells it with their labels on them? You’d think paint would be more consistent then.

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