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The Paint Can
by Bill Mills

Sometimes there is a simpler way to do things.  In paintball, new products often come in waves.  If anything, 2003 was the year of the pod filler.  That summer The Rocket pod filler hit the market, and was quickly followed by a wave of products all designed to do something paintballers never realized they needed help with before – filling their pods.

While some of these products had a price tag close to that of a case of paint, and moving parts offering effortless operation, others were more humble, some even hot-melt glued homebrew jobs.

The Paint Can, from EL Airsmiths fell into the simple category, but rather than being cobbled together, it consisted of a new application for an existing product.  Eric and Lucas, from whom EL got its name found a commercial paint can lid and pouring spout with a mouth the right size for paintball pods.

The plastic “Cap-‘N-Pour” lid was originally designed to fit one gallon paint cans, the type typically used for indoor/outdoor latex paint at paint and home center stores.  While it worked as an easy-pour no drip spout for its intended application, it also did the same for paintballs.  The lid snap fits onto one-gallon cans and has a screw top cap for its spout, sealing the container for airtight storage.

EL produced The Paint Can as a combination of the pouring lid and an empty, unused one-gallon paint can.

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