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Digital camoflage (digicamo)

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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

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

paper

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

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 http://tacticalcamo.com/MARPAT/digi.php
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 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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holy crap that gun is awesome were did you get it i love the camo i might do my pellet gun
james43 years ago
what gun is that in the pic it looks sick
sandbox2904 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...
deernads883 years ago
hey bro love the camo and r u sure its an airsoft
ilpug3 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!
Guardians383 years ago
i dont think i could EVER take that much time out of my life but thumbs up to you man :)
arb1ter4 years ago
Can you just tell what you did cuz i want mine to look like yours
arb1ter4 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)  arb1ter4 years ago
i got it from hitguns.com. also look at evike or airsoftgi. it's about 400fps stock, costs about $120 stock. It's called a JG Bar-10
arb1ter 57ub314 years ago
 Thanks once i have cash im getting
arb1ter arb1ter4 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...
ZirconiumX4 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.
hhhttt4 years ago
what rifle is that MB02?
cdousley4 years ago
is that in a real rifle case lol
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.
cwebsterl5 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)  cwebsterl5 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 57ub314 years ago
To remove the gloss you could try giving it a rub down with a wet piece of scotch bright.
jimmytvf 57ub314 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_135 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_135 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
Bjammin12275 years ago
is that a VSR-10? cause i just bought that same one and mine looks the exact same, but black
57ub31 (author)  Bjammin12275 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.........
swabby12125 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?
57ub31 (author)  i am theJEWTRON5 years ago
read step 10
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