One of the most exciting things about paintballing is getting the drop on your opponent and taking him or her out of the game. Unfortunately, they can’t always tell it’s you that got them, so one way around that is to get custom paintball masks. You can do this in a number of ways.
For instance, your whole team can get custom paintball masks so that your squad knows who is who and can prevent friendly fire kills. Or, on the other hand, you can stand out like the Spartan warrior you are on the battlefield, with your very own, fully-customized paintball mask.
In addition to this, there are a few methods for customization that you may want to look into. For instance, customization for some is purely aesthetic; airbrushing an imposing design onto the mask or your team’s emblem might be all you’re looking for. For others, paintball mask customization means individualizing the comfort and protection factors of your mask.
Custom Airbrushing and Paintball Masks
First, let’s take a look at airbrushing. For starters, you’re going to have to figure out if you have the time, money, patience and skill to airbrush your own paintball mask. If you do, that’s great, and you’re probably ready to get started. Get to it!
But for others (and we’re going to assume that’s you since you’re reading this article), you’re going to want to purchase a custom paintball mask from someone that can make it look amazing. If that’s you, here are a few tips to ensure you get the best paintjob possible:
- Always get sample pictures from the artist that will be working on your helmet
- Be sure the helmet that you are customizing is one that you are comfortable wearing; paying a lot to customize a helmet you’ve never tried on makes no sense
- Have your design readily available in .jpeg format if you’re ordering from an online website (which are typically cheaper for custom jobs)
- Be a little flexible because not every design can fit exactly how you want it on your helmet (that’s why it’s so important to see the artist’s samples so that you can find a good artist that you trust to do a good job no matter what)
Customizing Paintball Masks with Accessories
The second way you can get custom paintball masks is by upgrading parts on a stock helmet/mask. For instance, you can upgrade your lenses from single-ply to double-ply or even thermal. You can add a fan inside the mask to keep air circulating, further eliminating fogging and sweat. You can switch out neck guards, visors, straps, ear pieces, goggle frames and just about anything else you can think of on the mask.
This will enhance your game since you’ll be more comfortable on the field, not worrying about fussing with your mask’s height or it fogging up during play. One of the best paintball masks to customize today is the JT ProFlex, which offers you dozens of options and add-ons.