How to Customize a Paintball Mask: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking forward to customizing your paintball but don’t know how to design the mask? Or are you wondering what type of accessories you can use to create what’s in your mind?

Customizing paintball gear is a practice that is as old as the sport itself. Long before the arrival of bright-colored paintball masks and guns, people used spray paints to transform their paintball gear.

Some paints don’t stay on the mask, and you may also suffer that the adhesive isn’t working for the mask material. How would you know which is the perfect tool to use?

Things are messing up, right?

Custom-building your paintball mask is an excellent yet tricky way to match your gear with your personality. In this blog, you will learn how to customize your paintball mask.

As a bonus, you will also get some tips about improving the design of paintball guns. Are you ready?

Let’s find some cool ways to design your paintball mask right according to your personality.

Paintball Mask Customization

As a bonus, you will also get some tips about improving the design of paintball guns. Are you ready?

Why do people customize paintball masks?


Some people want to customize their paintball helmets for purely aesthetic purposes. For others, designing a paintball mask means tailoring it for their comfort and safety. 

Although there’s a huge variety of the Best Paintball Mask in the market, some people want to customize their paintball helmets for purely aesthetic purposes.

Ways of customizing a paintball helmet:

There are two popular ways of a paintball mask’s customization, which are as follows:

  1. Spray painting the mask and using stencils (using stencils is optional)
  2. Using accessories for customization

We are going to discuss both methods in detail below!

Spray painting the mask:

Spray Painting the Mask

It might seem like a tricky task to design a paintball mask. However, with patience and guidance, you can ace your design. Let us get started with the first way of custom-building your helmet:

1. Gather up the material

Painting a paintball helmet requires paint, painter’s tape, X-Acto blades, and stencils (optional). We will look at each of the supplies, one by one.

✓ Paint

There are different types of paint, but you must ensure that you get the one that sticks to plastic. The table below describes some of the best paint options you can choose from:

Acrylic paintThis paint might chip away early. So, if you have no other option, go for it.
Primer and spray paintIt is recommended to put a primer on the mask before spray-painting it for better results.
Plastic spray paintThis paint has been made to stick to plastic, so you would not be required to put a primer on the mask if you use plastic spray paint.
This paint has been made to stick to plastic, so you would not be required to put a primer on the mask if you use plastic spray paint.
Krylon Fusion is one example of plastic spray paint.

✓ Painter’s tape

Nobody wants the paint ruining their mask’s goggles or any padded area. Here, painter’s tape comes to your rescue and shields the locations of your mask you do not intend to paint.

✓ X-Acto blades

X-Acto blades are like your friends who would help up in giving a sleek design to your mask. Their precision cutting is well-known, and they come in handy while you are applying the painter’s tape.

Moreover, they help in cutting out the stencil you may want to apply on the mask later. 

✓ Stencils

There is no harm in adding a little style to your mask by using stencils. You can either buy the pre-cut ones or cut the stencils yourself using X-Acto blades.

If you choose the latter, keep your hands steady!

2. Prepare the workspace

Now, it is time to get to work. Initially, find a workspace where you would not mind the paint creating some mess. There are a few things you need to take care of before starting the work:

  • Wear old clothes and shoes (you do not want the paint on your new clothes, do you?)
  • For keeping the paint off the floor, cover it with plastic
  • Prefer to paint in an open space for minimizing chances of the paint landing on household items
  • Ensure proper ventilation of the workspace to avoid the fumes from making things harder for you

3. Take apart the mask

Once you have set up your space, take your mask apart. It is not a strict requirement to do so but taking your mask apart can save you the trouble of accidentally painting the goggles or padded areas.

Then, start applying the tape on parts of the mask which you do not want to paint. Do not forget to take help from your new friend, the X-Acto blade, for cutting the tape in the desired shape.

4. Clean the mask

Cleaning the helmet before painting is essential. Here are a few things you require for cleaning it:

  • Use a rag and some water to dip it in. Clean the mask with the rag to get rid of any residue. Otherwise, the paint will not stick to the plastic
  • Make sure that you remove all the dirt or debris on the surface of the mask
  • The paint will not stick if the mask is not completely dry. Therefore, dry it well before you proceed

Either you’re customizing the old mask or a new one, learning the Best Way to Clean Paintball Masks will help you yield the best outcomes.

5. Apply the painter’s tape

You do not need to have a fancy painter’s tape. Just get any that would work well! Now, let us look at how the tape is applied to the mask:

  • Double-check that your mask is clean and dry
  • Apply the tape around the edges of the helmet and the goggle regions. Take your time while doing this as a neat tape coverage will make your task of painting easier
  • Once you have put on the tape, make sure that it is secure. Otherwise, a gap or an air bubble is going to mess up your painting job. To make things easier, use the X-Acto blade’s edge to secure the tape
  • Patience is the key to a fruitful outcome! So, wait a little more (actually, at least half an hour) and allow the tape to set

6. It is time to paint

Finally, you can paint the mask. We have already talked about some types of paint which can be used for customizing your paintball mask. Here is a look at how to use each of those to get the base coat ready:

  • Primer and spray paint

Apply a layer of primer before you start painting so that the paint sticks well. Now, sit back for a couple of hours, and wait for the primer to dry (patience, dear friend!).

Once the primer is dry, start spray painting the mask from a distance of at least six inches. Make sure that you do not spray the areas with the tape.

Wait a little more and let the paint dry.

You might want to spray another coat to avoid the paint from scratching off quickly.

  • Plastic spray paint

The good thing about this paint is that you can skip the process of applying a primer and waiting for it to dry. Instead, you can jump to spray painting the helmet right away.

You must maintain a distance of around six inches from the mask while spray painting. Following this, wait for the paint to dry before you apply another coat.

Do You Know: Painting itself is a healing therapy and painting a mask for a fun game can result in enormous health benefits. See Top 10 Health Benefits of Playing Paintball to know it’s worth your time and effort.

7. Bring in the stencils

Your base coat is all set! Now, you are ready to add a stencil design to your paintball mask. Below is a list of the steps you carefully need to execute for getting the job right:

  • You must ensure that the base color is dry. After all, who would want a new color to blend with the older one and ruin the design?
  • Choose a new color as there is no point in painting your stencil with the same color as the base color. Explore color schemes, and find what fits your interest
  • Decide the location of the stencil. It is better to go for a flat area as painting on a flat region reduces the chances of open spaces being left between the paint and the mask
  • Place the stencil on your mask and use the painter’s tape to secure it on its surface. Again, keep the stencil as flat as possible to achieve better results
  • You are ready to spray paint the stencil! However, you must not use a lot of paint at this stage as it might leak under the stencil or drip once it is removed

8. Remove the painter’s tape

It is time to remove the tape from the mask. Here, you must be gentle to avoid the paint from coming off with the tape. Following are the tips to make this task easier for you:

  • Before you start peeling off the tape, ensure that the paint is completely dry. Otherwise, the color might drip off or leak outside the original design
  • Put the X-Acto blades to work while scoring the tape. Keeping your hand steady, use the blade at the meeting place of the tape and the mask.
  • Move the blade with care, and this would do the job of breaking the paint connecting the tape and the mask’s surface
  • Gradually, peel the tape off from the mask. It is recommended to peel at an angle of 45 degrees, but you can also switch to 90 degrees if it does not work well

9. Put it all back together

After the tape has been removed, you can put the parts of the mask back together.

Listed below are some suggestions which can help you in giving the final touches to your mask:

  • Your mask has fresh layers of paint on it, so you must be careful when you assemble its parts. Be sure that you do not scratch the pieces against each other during this stage (just thinking about the paint chipping off at this stage hurts)
  • Inspect your creation! Look out for the areas which you might have skipped while painting. Additionally, touch and feel the surface of the mask to ensure that the paint is sitting the way you want it to
  • Congratulations, your customized paintball helmet is ready!

Customizing paintball masks with accessories:

Customizing Paintball Masks with Accessories

Now that we have looked at the first method of making a tailor-made paintball mask let us move towards the second one.

This method revolves around upgrading parts of your paintball helmet. For example, you can change the lenses from single-ply to double-ply. Similarly, you can add a fan inside the mask for better ventilation.

Moreover, you can replace the goggle frames, visors, straps, etc., in any way you want.

You can also turn your mask into a Scary Paintball Mask by adding some fake teeth, scary eyelids, Devil’s tongue, or other similar accessories.

Why should the paintball guns be left behind?


So far, the discussion has been about customizing a paintball mask, but what about the remaining paintball gear?

Paintball markers or guns are an essential part of the paintball gear, so let us show them some love too. Follow the steps given below to give your marker a brand new look:

  1. Take off the feed neck of the gun
  2. Take off the barrel too
  3. Get sandpaper and a steel brush
  4. Use the steel brush to scrape off the paint from the gun’s surface. After this, use the sandpaper to make the surface smooth
  5. It is time to put the painter’s tape on the frame of the marker. You can cover any part of the gun which you do not want the paint on
  6. Cover the hoses well to avoid the paint from getting into them
  7. Grab the spray paint and start gliding it over the surface of the gun. Make sure that you keep a distance of at least six inches from the surface
  8. Apply several coats of the paint to achieve an even distribution of color on the gun
  9. Place the gun in a holder, and let it dry
  10. Once it is dry, gently remove the tape
  11. Your marker is ready! Go out, and show it off to your friends

A few helpful tips to make things easier for you:

Paintball Gun Shooting

All right! We have gone through the steps to personalize the paintball masks and guns. Here is a list of tips (you can call them reminders, too) which will help you in designing your dream paintball gear:

  • While choosing the paint, prefer the one which has been designed specifically for the application of plastic
  • If you are uncertain about cutting the stencils yourself, explore the collection available online
  • Avoid applying too much force while taking apart the mask. Exerting extra pressure may cause the mask to snap or break, making it useless
  • You might find some masks harder to be put taken apart. In this case, refer to the mask’s manual. If that does not work either, seek help from your best friend named Google
  • To be on the safe side, apply at least two layers of paint while getting the base coat of your mask ready
  • Be patient and be gentle!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Things required for painting a plastic mask.

Start off with covering a blank mask with a coat of gesso and set to dry. Then it will need to be sprayed over using plastic fusion-spray paint in black or white and another coat of gesso. Before adding another layer of gesso, use sandpaper to roughen it up a bit.

Let it dry thoroughly.

In order for the mask to please your aesthetic, use a contrast of vibrant and burnt hues in acrylics and play around with them- decorate your mask in whatever way you like.

2. How can I customize my paintball mask?

You will need the following supplies to customize your mask.

High quality acrylic paint that sticks on plastic, primer and some plastic spray paint too. As well as painter’s tape, a stencil and let your imagination flow.

Let the colors take over and paint over your mask.


Personalizing your paintball mask allows you to stand out in the crowd. It might seem like a complicated task to customize the helmet, but the right material and guidelines can make it super easy for you.

Here is a quick summary of what is required to design a paintball mask for yourself:

  1. Set up a workspace
  2. Disassemble the mask
  3. Clean it to get rid of any residue
  4. Cover the areas you do not want to paint with the painter’s tape
  5. Prepare the base coat
  6. Put on the stencils and paint on them
  7. Let the mask dry
  8. Assemble it!

Have a great time creating your personalized paintball gear!

Zack Joseph

I am Zack Joseph. I am a regular guy who is in love with outdoor sports activities. I play a lot of paintball with my friends. So, I am sharing my experience in this blog. I hope you will get complete insights about paintball that you want to buy. Happy playing and shopping!

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