There is a combination of reasons, the main ones include:
- it uses an oily fill that stains
- the shells are hard and don't break which makes for an unpleasant experience for other players
- it could potentially damage your equipment
- it leaves a nasty residue that is hard to clean thus ruins your local field
- oily fill is fish oil based which animals love (enticing them to eat a lot of them) and if eaten will get sick.
A good test to see how thick a paint shell is ... drop it from a set height, about 5-6 feet, and see how many drops until the paint breaks. Do this with 3 of the same paintballs to get an accurate idea. If you are dropping this paint more than 6-7 times without breaking you have a very tough paint.
Another test to see what the fill is ... poke a hole in the shell and drain it into a glass of water. If you mix them together and the paint settles out on a layer over the top of the water then its an oily paint.
Rather than go into the specific products, I decided to go with some guidelines:
1. Brass Eagle, Viewloader, or JT; its probably banned.
2. If it comes in a bucket or plastic jar instead of a box w/ baggies; its probably banned.
3. I hate to say this but if its at or under $35/case of 2000. However, that is slightly misleading. There are some paints around $35 - $40/case range that are a good value and a good paint.
Let me know if I need to make any corrections. I know some of the manufactures either pulled their offending product or reformulated it.
Edited by JerryTX, 24 June 2010 - 11:21 AM.