Introduction: Digital Camoflage (digicamo)

Picture of Digital Camoflage (digicamo)
This is a guide on how to digicamo your airsoft rifle, real rifle, or anything you want.

Step 1: Object

Picture of Object

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

Step 2: Materials

Picture of Materials

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

Picture of Dissasembly

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

Picture of Taping

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

Picture of Base Coat

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

Picture of Stencils

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

Picture of Cutting Out the Stencils

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

Picture of First Color

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

Picture of Other Colors

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.

Step 10: Protective Finish

Picture of Protective Finish

This step is optional but i recomend it because the paint scratches off easily. Disassemble and coat the rifle with Minwax Fast drying polyurethane. I used 5 coats on everything. It makes the gun a little shiny but it feels much better.

Step 11: Last Step

Picture of Last Step

Remove all the tape and reassemble.


pcspartantech (author)2015-08-31

TIP: Use Duracoat as a base coat color, such as Flat Dark Earth (MEDIUM brown/DARK tan good for general purpose seasons) or Flat Foliage (LIGHT grey color and good for Northern winter forests). You can then apply other colors as layers. When seasons change you can strip off other layers with normal paint remover and it will keep Duracoat base. Think of it as a snake shedding its skin.

Just finish the painting off with normal FLAT CLEAR COAT to have a matte finish without griddy spray paint feeling.

pcspartantech (author)2015-08-31

The stencil says "Copyright 2008, TacticalCamo". I would like to know how they copyrighted it considering the military has it. Also the USMC pattern is slightly different then other branches which makes it blend in better on more terrain, desert MARPAT is great as a ghillie base. I have to call B.S. on TacticalCamo copyrighting the design considering the pattern is randomly applied to a surface. The equivalent would be me copyrighting radio wave theory. I should make random combinations of pixels and copyright them saying my research shows my "pixel blend" is more stealthy.

Just print on normal paper, place transparency paper over top with a sacrificial wood surface to cut with exacto knife. Use print to trace with exacto knife to cut transparency sheet. Can pick everything up at Walmart. Just pick and choose which pattern to apply randomly. These took me thirty minutes to create on PowerPoint. I could have gotten more creative but everyone gets the idea. The key here is to randomly select pattern and colors (keeping in mind natural shadow areas).

kudzu63 (author)2014-12-03

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

kudzu63 (author)2014-12-03

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.

camping crazy (author)2012-11-22

holy crap that gun is awesome were did you get it i love the camo i might do my pellet gun

james4 (author)2011-06-10

what gun is that in the pic it looks sick

sandbox290 (author)2009-08-10

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...

deernads88 (author)2010-11-18

hey bro love the camo and r u sure its an airsoft

ilpug (author)2010-11-12

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*

monsterman2212 (author)2010-11-11

Really good 'ible!

Guardians38 (author)2010-09-26

i dont think i could EVER take that much time out of my life but thumbs up to you man :)

arb1ter (author)2010-06-09

Can you just tell what you did cuz i want mine to look like yours

arb1ter (author)2010-05-12

 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)arb1ter2010-05-13

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 (author)57ub312010-05-19

 Thanks once i have cash im getting

arb1ter (author)arb1ter2010-06-09

Im getting an M14 thats just as strong and im doing this paintjob on it.

HisDivineShadow (author)2010-05-08

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...

ZirconiumX (author)2010-04-08

Could you use enamel paints instead of spray paint? If so, any recommended brands (in the UK)?

mrmoneybagss (author)2010-03-02

Nice instructable. But I think that there's too much white on the rifle.

Actually, there isn't any white. It's tan.

hhhttt (author)2010-03-17

what rifle is that MB02?

sneaky snake (author)2009-12-29

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.

yourworstnightmare (author)2009-11-25

 do you need to pay for the stencils?

yourworstnightmare (author)2009-11-25

 sweet gun

imshanedulong (author)2009-09-17

That is awesome! Although you shouldn't use a glossy finish.

cwebsterl (author)2008-12-29

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)cwebsterl2008-12-29

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 (author)57ub312009-08-26

To remove the gloss you could try giving it a rub down with a wet piece of scotch bright.

jimmytvf (author)57ub312009-08-18

all the coats aren't glossy, the final look, is made by the final barnish you apply

albylovesscience (author)2009-08-13

that is one nice looking gun

deathbyronin_13 (author)2009-06-25

Why paint it camouflage then use a gloss coat? so now you have a camo shiny rifle.

57ub31 (author)deathbyronin_132009-06-25

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.

deathbyronin_13 (author)57ub312009-06-26

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_132009-06-26

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

Bjammin1227 (author)2008-12-31

is that a VSR-10? cause i just bought that same one and mine looks the exact same, but black

57ub31 (author)Bjammin12272008-12-31

It is a JG Bar-10 which is modeled after the VSR.

Wolf Seril (author)57ub312009-06-13

But way better. BAR-10ers unite.

Rossiroller (author)Bjammin12272009-02-10

funny how his was black too but it got painted somehow........ in this instructable about painting a gun...... hmmm what a conundrum.........

swabby1212 (author)2009-05-13

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??

i am theJEWTRON (author)2009-04-22

but just 1 with the polyeurothane?

57ub31 (author)i am theJEWTRON2009-04-22

read step 10

i am theJEWTRON (author)2009-04-22

nvr mind i found a can at home depot. How many coats did you apply?

57ub31 (author)i am theJEWTRON2009-04-22


i am theJEWTRON (author)2009-04-21

incredible man. GREAT WORK! this has helped so much. but one question. where did you buy the finish?

57ub31 (author)i am theJEWTRON2009-04-21

idk it was just in my shop

jetsfan (author)2009-04-20

How long did this take you?

57ub31 (author)jetsfan2009-04-20

idk 17 hours?

us army sniper (author)2009-03-28

what color type did you type in on the website in step six

About This Instructable




More by 57ub31:Digital camoflage (digicamo)
Add instructable to: