Question: How Can I Tell If My Paintballs Are Too Old?
Answer: Many signs, including a strong smell, dimples, warped or ovular balls, and a sticky surface, might be the result of paintballs getting old. All of these, though, might point to a different problem (such as moisture in the paint bag, paint left out in the heat, or even just a poorly made ball). The best way to test to see if paintballs are too old is to perform the drop test. As paintballs age, they become very brittle and will break in the barrel or chamber when shot. Balls that are not old, just dimpled or warped can still be played with, but they will not be as accurate or shoot as consistently as well-shaped paintballs.