Lately, I have gotten tired of all the black on my guns, accessories, and other gears. I've been going to bigger airsoft operations, where the dense forest or weeds in the field can conceal you. But the black stands out quite a bit. So I picked up a set of spray paints (see photo below) to see how I can camouflage my airsoft equipment. I have found the following colors at the local home improvement stores: almond, putty, moss green, spruce green, hunter green, and brown.
The task turns out to be much easier than I anticipated. Most airsoft gears do not need any prep work. Metal and plastic paint readily without any stripping nor sanding. Many parts don't even need to be primed. Only high gloss plastic--some orange barrel tips--requires some sanding, but that's very rare in airsoft parts.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:47:03 +0400
The first thing I tried the spray paint on was my Scott Vectra facemasks. I got two of these, so I figured I'd paint one tan and the other one green (see photo below).
On the tan facemask, I striped almond and putty colors on top of the black, leaving bands of black to create a camouflage pattern. Dots of tanned-color paint lightened the dark bands to help blend into the desert California scenery.
I painted the other facemask in the hunter green. Then I attempted to paint lighter stripes of green. But the green all look very similar, so it's not as striking as the tan facemask.
Nevertheless, camouflage is achieved on both facemasks.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:49 +0400
By the way, the green facemask is featured in Evike's "The Airsoft Camp 2014" video. See if you can spot it:
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:11:53 +0400
Next, I have tried the spray paints on the DBoys M4 Modular Railed Handguard. This is a metal handguard that has paint and finish like the metal airsoft electronic guns (AEG) I have.
The result was very similar to the facemasks. Paints went on without any prepping. I striped it with putty and green (see photo below). I did remove the lower, left, and right Picatinny rails to save weight.
This result shows that practically any metal (pre-painted) airsoft guns can be painted without any prep work. Though, you might want to remove the internals to prevent getting paint on them.
I have not tried it on plastic airsoft guns. But plastic guns that not pre-painted can be painted with plastic-adhering paint, just like the facemasks. Plastic airsoft guns with glossy surfaces may need to be sanded and/or primed first.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:18:53 +0400
I tried it on smaller objects. It was more challenging, but still doable. The photo below showed the Helio M726-G underbarrel shotgun. It was 3D printed in white raw material. The material practically absorbed the paint without any need to prep. First I sprayed it completely with almond and putty. Then I striped in green. But the object was fairly small, so the stripes weren't precise. The spray paint mist to the edges gave it slightly moldy look up close, which is perfect in a nature scenery. From afar, it's shades of green and tan.
With smaller objects, you need tapes to create defining camouflage lines. But the whole point of camouflage is to break up the lines. Therefore, I prefer the non-uniformity of impromptu spray patterns.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:03:36 +0400
When I first started, I would paint on a piece of cardboard in my yard. But the wind would blow sand and dirt onto what I was painting. The wind would also blow the smaller object overs. So I used an airsoft gun cardboard shipping box as the paint shop (see photo below). That solved most of the problems.
The cardboard paint shop kept paints from getting onto your lawn. It kept wind and rain splashes out, so you can paint practically any time (as long as you have enough ventilation). It also kept painted screws and nuts from disappearing.
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:10:21 +0400
Just got some tips on painting camouflage from the U.S. Army (see "Weapons Painting 101"). The crib notes calls out the following paints to match the U.S. military camouflage scheme.
- Black (1916830)
- Khaki (1917830)
- Earth Brown (1918830)
- Deep Forest Green (1919830)
- Army Green (1920830)
It identifies the http://www.gsaadvantage.gov web site as the source for these paint. However, I don't know if the web site will supply to civilians. The following are some great pointers from the military:
- If your operating environment has just light sand, then just paint your weapon tan with limited black breakup.
- If you are operating in a woodland environment, brown and olive drab with limited black breakup may be appropriate.
- Looking for a template? Look to your local environment. One option is to layer local foliage or grasses on the weapon and paint around them to leave a natural-looking pattern.
- To blend colors effectively, first coat the weapon with the lightest color you will be using. Next take a darker shade that blends with your environment and paint stripes about four inches apart at a 45 degree angle. You can do this with one or two colors. Next, you need to blend it in. Take a dark color like green or brown and from about six to eight inches away from the weapon lightly dust the gun. After that, take a lighter color (khaki, or tan) and lightly dust the gun. This will blend everything
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 16:18:01 +0300
I painted camouflage on a M4 and a MP5 magazine this weekend. This time, instead of laying in thick coats of paint, I decided to dusted it with the almond color paint (see photo below). Once it's dry, I striped it in green (not shown in the photo below). The dusting allows the natural black to show through slightly, providing a natural camouflage.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:10:49 +0300
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