Removing Paintball Residue From a Car

by Anna on May 19, 2012

in Paintball Information

Anna @BedlamPaintball brings you a useful tip in how to remove paintball residue from a car.

My sister lives near a paintball game field, so I was so excited when she invited me over the weekends. So I drove around 40 miles to reach her place. The next morning, just when we are about ready to go paintballing, I noticed that there are some paintballs in my car. I’m guessing that happened last night. Many people own paintball markers around the place because of the paintball game field nearby, thus we really can’t tell who did it.

removing paintball residue from a carI was able to get the paintball gel off, but there are some paint residues that remain on my car. So, I did some research how to get it off. Just thought you might want me to share what I found on removing paintball residue from a car, just in case the same thing happen to you.

Hopefully when paintball gets into your car, it’s not because you shot it on purpose but more likely it’s been vandalized like what happened to me. For those people that do own paintball markers don’t run around on the streets shooting other people’s cars cause that will land you in jail and give a bad name to this sport.

What we’ve got in paintball are two kinds of paint – The more generic paint, which is usually vegetable-based oil and the little bit of a higher end paint that’s a lot thicker, a water based paintball.

The ease of getting it off is going to really depend on how long it’s been on there. As for my case, it happened just the night before, so that means the paint is easier to remove since it’s not yet dry.

What you need are: a mister clean magic eraser, a terry cloth towel, Palmolive, and warm water.

First thing obviously is to pick the heavy stuff off (the gel capsule that encloses the paint in paintball). Put some Palmolive in your bucket of warm water, and dip your sponge in it, then wipe the paint off your car. Get it as clean as you can. Most important thing is to keep your sponge or magic eraser clean the whole time you are doing it, so as not to spread it into bigger areas.

Wipe it all down; put a little bit of force into it as friction helps remove the paint off.  Make sure there’s no residual oil around. Then, Take your terry cloth towel, and wipe it clean.

That works just fine in my case since I was able to see the problem early. For those who are dealing with a more stubborn paintball residue, you may use a WD-40, it’s petroleum base, it will usually clean up. I’ve also been told it will clean up if your car gets hit with spray paint. It will clean the paint off the car if you catch it fairly soon.

Disclaimer: The tips came from the author’s research and personal experience. Bedlam Paintball and the Author will not be held liable for any damage this may cause.

 

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