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September 24, 2011

34 years of paint

Decorator turns baseball into world's largest ball of paint

Decorator Michael Carmichael decided to paint a baseball in January 1977. Since then he, his children and people from many other countries have applied 22,894 coats of paint to create the world's biggest paintball, which now weighs 1,587kg (3,500lb).

They stick to one golden rule. Each new coat has to be in a different colour from the last.

'It started as a relatively simple project and a bit of fun,' said Mr Carmichael.

'But I just kept on painting and painting and painting. And, before I knew it, it was enormous.

'Then I didn't want to stop. I moved it out of the garage a good few years ago after it outgrew it and now it has its own special shed.

'People come from all over the world to add a coat,' said the 64-year-old from Alexandria, Indiana.

'Sometimes I can add up to ten coats a day if the weather is dry but we've added at least one every day.'
paint ball First coat: Mr Carmichael's son Mike Jr started painting the baseball in 1977 (Picture: SWNS)

When he started, it had a 22.9cm (9in) circumference, now it is 179cm (70.58in) and officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the biggest recorded.

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