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The Different Grades of Paintballs

The Different Grades of Paintballs

There are commonly 3 grades of paint - field/practice, mid-grade and tournament paint. In this post we’re going to give you some brief insight to the differences in the paintball grades and what we recommend.

Field/Practice Paint

Field/Practice paint is often harder with a thicker shell and thinner fill. Despite the fill being thin this is still noticeable upon shooting. This paint is commonly less round in shape resulting in a reduction in accuracy, however this is a generalisation and isn’t always the case. As field paint is often tougher and harder (harder to break) this is used on paintball sites and is perfect for practice shooting.
Our recommendations: PRO-SHAR EXACT

Mid-grade Paint

Mid-grade paint is manufactured to higher QC standards. Here you will see a thinner and somewhat brittle shell with a slightly thicker paint fill that takes a little more to budge when wiping. The majority of paintball guns will have no issue shooting premium paint however some high pressure markers may slice some of the paint. This paint is ideal for local tournaments and even big games.

Our recommendations: PRO-SHAR Skirmish PRO-SHAR SUPERIOR

Tournament Paint

Tournament paint is the highest grade of paint and it’s reflected in the price. This paint is manufactured to the highest standards to ensure roundness and consistency which assists with accuracy. This paint is brittle and will break easily when shooting, the fill is thicker and highly visible and vivid upon shooting. Ideally this should be used with mid-range to high end marker to ensure the paint doesn’t break inside the barrel.

Our recommendations: PRO-SHAR RED MENACE  

It’s important to remember that storing your paint correctly is essential to the performance and longevity of your paint, for more information check out our “How to store your paintballs” blog post. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to call us on 01642605000 or email us at [email protected].