Re: chalk ball

Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 15:15:31 MDT

In a message dated 05/08/01 06:18:06 GMT Daylight Time,

> Oh, yea, the idea: in those vacant bvildings, we could hold a wicked
> paintball match. Of course the local authorities would likely prefer to
> not have the interiors of their precious historic bvildings covered with
> huge splats of paint. So the idea is to make dry paintballs, that would
> explode on impact into a cloud of dust, preferably without inflicting
> unnecessary damage on the prole who just got nailed. It would
> ideally pop into dust cloud like that which results from clapping two
> very dusty erasers. Anyone remember real chalkboard erasers?
> We could even make the dry paintballs out of some material that
> would be devoured by the local fauna, so the greens would not
> get to upset with us. Make them with a shell like on M+Ms with
> powdered sugar inside or something.
> Wouldn't that be cool? We could play libertarians-from-the-left
> vs libertarians-from-the-right, or pro-NMDers vs anti-NMDers.
> It would help us satisfy that agressive reptilian thing we still carry
> inside us as a vestigial curse from our evolutionary past. Lets face
> it, blasting away like that would create a total testosterone high.
> spike

        Damn fine idea Spike. Urban Paintball is just about as much fun as
you can have with your clothes on.
       As an avid paintballer I have mused over the problem of the mess that
paintballs leave. Yes they are biodegradable and non-toxic but they do stain.
I have first hand proof of this as I own the only Pink apple tree in my
street. The trouble is that the paint contained in the paintballs is a water
based emulsion using the same pigments that are used in "Wood stains" and
"household paint". The paint does wash off and degrade staight away if you
wash it imediately with water, but if it dries, you have to scrub it or sand
it down just like normal household emulsion.

       Im sure one of the chemists on the list could come up with a formular
for paint that degrades or at least the pigment degrades when it oxidises.


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