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This is a guide on how to digicamo your airsoft rifle, real rifle, or anything you want.

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Step 1: Object

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Find the object you are going to camoflage. I am doing an airsoft sniper rifle.

Step 2: Materials

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Get the materials you will need:

Matte (not shiny) paint-1 base color, 3 stencil colors(you can use as many as you like, i used 3). I used Rust-oleum paints: tan, black, brown, and green.

Masking/painting tape

a method for hanging the objects to be painted


exacto knife

rubber glove

optional: Minwax Fast drying polyurethane for the finish

Step 3: Dissasembly

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Disassemble the rifle and keep the parts you are going to paint. You don't want to paint the compression chamber or the rubber stock cover.

Step 4: Taping

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Tape off all areas you don't want paint in with the masking tape. Don't be lazy on this part. You don't want paint in your barrel or on your scope lens.

Step 5: Base coat

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Hang the parts up and paint them with the base coat. My base color was tan. Follow the instructions on the spray paint for number of coats and dry times. i did 3 coats.

Step 6: Stencils

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This is the tedious part. Print out the patterns you desire from
You want large and small cutouts; more black and less black.
On the third picture in this step are all the stencils i ended up with.

Step 7: Cutting out the stencils

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Take a pattern paper and clamp it down on a piece of wood. Then get an exacto knife and cut out the black parts.

Step 8: First color

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Now you paint the first color. Mine was green. You want the stencils of the bottom color to be the biggest. Hold the stencil over the gun, cover the other exposed parts with paper. Wear gloves unless you want your hand colored.

Step 9: Other colors

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After you are done with green move on to the second color, brown. Then do the black. The stencils should get progressively smaller. Do all the parts of the gun. Beware the circular parts are the hardest like the barrel and the scope and you will have to find some creative ways to hold the stencil down.
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kudzu637 months ago

I tried the link for the camo patterns and for some reason it take you to a Catalyst Conditioning site. No patterns there. LOL

kudzu637 months ago

The clear coat is a very nice touch. However, using it in gloss is not. It's not Minwax but you can get a flat poly from Krylon I think. Good instructable though.

holy crap that gun is awesome were did you get it i love the camo i might do my pellet gun
james44 years ago
what gun is that in the pic it looks sick
sandbox2905 years ago
i think u can get a non gloss finish that's just as effective but i am not sure
Or you could take a very fine grit sand paper, ie. 400 or 600, and go over it all. It would probably dull it out nicely without clouding it over.
I second this it would make it look so much better that is what i do when i camo go 550 grit sandpaper...
deernads884 years ago
hey bro love the camo and r u sure its an airsoft
ilpug4 years ago
amazing instructable, i wish all of them were this good. i dont have that much time on my hands, to camo my guns, but id sure love to, the final result is stunning. 5*
Really good 'ible!
Guardians384 years ago
i dont think i could EVER take that much time out of my life but thumbs up to you man :)
arb1ter5 years ago
Can you just tell what you did cuz i want mine to look like yours
arb1ter5 years ago
 Im looking for a good airsoft sniper so could you tell me where you got that, how strong it is, and what it costs.
57ub31 (author)  arb1ter5 years ago
i got it from also look at evike or airsoftgi. it's about 400fps stock, costs about $120 stock. It's called a JG Bar-10
arb1ter 57ub315 years ago
 Thanks once i have cash im getting
arb1ter arb1ter5 years ago
Im getting an M14 thats just as strong and im doing this paintjob on it.
you used a bit to much black for all the tan... then again, I wouldn't have used black at all, but that is my opinion...
ZirconiumX5 years ago
Could you use enamel paints instead of spray paint? If so, any recommended brands (in the UK)?
Nice instructable. But I think that there's too much white on the rifle.
Actually, there isn't any white. It's tan.
hhhttt5 years ago
what rifle is that MB02?
very nice. ive tried this before and the curved areas are a serious pain. personally i like the mud brown with dried tan but digital is cool too.

nicely done.
 do you need to pay for the stencils?
 sweet gun

That is awesome! Although you shouldn't use a glossy finish.
cwebsterl6 years ago
Should you prime before you paint the base coat? Is there any clear coat that is NOT glossy around? How many coats per color did you use and how many cans or each?
57ub31 (author)  cwebsterl6 years ago
I did not prime before the base coat. I could not find a non glossy coat but it is not a problem, it looks alot worse in the pictures than in person. 3 coats for the base coat; just once doing stencils. I used a whole can of tan, and about half the others.
Devildad 57ub315 years ago
To remove the gloss you could try giving it a rub down with a wet piece of scotch bright.
jimmytvf 57ub315 years ago
all the coats aren't glossy, the final look, is made by the final barnish you apply
that is one nice looking gun
Why paint it camouflage then use a gloss coat? so now you have a camo shiny rifle.
57ub31 (author)  deathbyronin_136 years ago
The gloss protects the paint. If you play airsoft seriously then your gun is going to get banged around alot. The type I used was the only thing I had available at the time. My enemies do not have camera flashes on their guns so my gun does not look shiny on the battlefield.
Yeah I guess on the airsoft battlefield its ok as long as there is no sun too, But like us guys on a real battlefield we do play for real and bang are guns around alot. I know of airsoft guns like crazy but what do you do on the battlefield? is it like paintball or Simunition training?
57ub31 (author)  deathbyronin_136 years ago
Its alot slower than paintball. I could try and explain but the best way would be to visit a local airsoft field if there is one around and try it out for a day
Bjammin12276 years ago
is that a VSR-10? cause i just bought that same one and mine looks the exact same, but black
57ub31 (author)  Bjammin12276 years ago
It is a JG Bar-10 which is modeled after the VSR.
But way better. BAR-10ers unite.
funny how his was black too but it got painted somehow........ in this instructable about painting a gun...... hmmm what a conundrum.........
swabby12126 years ago
Do you HAVE to disassemble the WHOLE gun?? Cuz im not much of a airsoft mechanic kind of guy... so... y not just plug up the parts you dont want painted and just paint the gun WHOLE??
but just 1 with the polyeurothane?
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