Can you put paintballs in the fridge?

If you are a novice or new paintball player and you suddenly find yourself with leftover paintballs. One of the questions you will find yourself asking looking for answers to is how to preserve the paintball. There are different ways of preserving the paintballs until you need them again. Here is the information you need on how to keep your paintballs for a long period until next use.

YES, paintballs can be stored in the fridge. However, you can only put them in the fridge for a short period after which you have to remove the paintballs. This is because, over a long period, the paint in the balls will reach their freezing point and start freezing. When this happens, the balls become deformed and brittle.

Same with freezers, you can store paintballs in freezers but for a very short period; shorter than the time it spends in a fridge. If your paintball stays in the freezer for more than twenty minutes, the balls will be severely damaged when you eventually remove it.

Now that we have cleared that, let’s look at some of the things you should do when it comes to storing your paintball and what you should not attempt at all.

What should you do?

Here are some of the things you can do when storing your paintball:

  • They can be stored in the fridge and cooler; as long as the cooler is not at freezing temperature. Of course, before you place it in the cooler or fridge, you have to pack the balls into the bag designed for it.
  • If you store the paintballs in a cooler or fridge, you should regularly change the position of the bag. If possible, you can also switch the balls from one bag to another.
  • If you have the means, you can also have a cooler with you when going to the game field to play Paintball. A lot of professional players and teams playing in the Paintball league do this every time they have a match.

What shouldn’t you do?

  • As earlier stated, if you want to store the paintballs in a fridge or cooler make sure you do not store them at freezing temperature.
  • If you are not going to remove the paintball within 20 minutes, you should not store it in a cooler.
  • Cooling them before traveling a long distance to reach the field of play is not necessary.


You should know that it is not necessary to store your paintball in the fridge. The reason for this is that Paintballs do not have a specific expiry date. it has only been observed over time that the balls still work well if they are stored for not more than 3-4 months at room temperature.

Lastly, you should know that the type of paint that is used in the paintball plays a huge part in how long the paintball last. Cheap paints are quick to spoil so ensure you are not trying to store paintballs filled with cheap paint (plus, good paint shoot better than cheap ones!)

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