Introduction: Gun Camo

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These are a few methods of camouflaging with spraypaint. Remember not to spray to much, as this will cause runs and blemishes. It is a good idea to practice aiming on some card board or something before you start.
There are many deviations of the methods I will give, but they all follow the same concept of how they are done. Camo essentially consists of layers of colors in different patterns. in this case, each layer is applied using masks or stencils to create patterns.
It is also important to make sure paint doesn't get anywhere that could damage the gun. Use painters tape or masking tape to cover these parts if they cannot be removed. You should tape orange tips, joints, and holes that lead to the inside of the gun.

Step 1: Stencils

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The method of using stencils involves putting something on the surface to keep paint off certain sections then spraying the entire surface with one color. They are not removed after each coat of paint. The colors will appear to be stacked in the order of application(eg. first color on top to last color on bottom)It is important to apply the stencils so that they are flush with the surface so that they do not let in any paint. Stencils can be applied either by spraying the back with some kind of adhesive or using tape.

Step 2: Makeing Stencils

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Tiger stripe stencils are created simply by ripping both sides off a length of painters or masking tape to create a triangle. The length of your stencils depends on whether you want vertical or horizontal and how tall or wide your gun is.
To make digital stencils, use graph paper. Color in random sections of the "pixels" created by the graphlines and cut them out.
To make splotch stencils, draw blobs on some paper and cut them out.

Step 3: Tiger Stripe: Application

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Tiger stripe stencils are made of tape, so no extra steps are needed to apply than other than actually putting them on the surface. Apply your stencils horizantally or verticly depending on preferance. The wide end of the stencil should start at an edge of the gun so it tapers away from said edge.
Digital and splotch stencils need to be attached with either adhesive spray applied to just thae stencil or tape loops. Spray is more exact but tape will adhere better to the gun and is less likely to leave residue.
So: spray your base coat, allow to dry. Apply stencils, Spray next coat, let dry, Apply stencils ect. ect. until you have sprayed all the colors that you want. After all the paint has dried on the last coat, remove the stencils and do the other side.

Step 4: Masks

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This style of paintjob involves using foliage as masks to create natural designs. It is not as concise looking as stencil paintjobs, but can work just as well.
The term mask refers to something that covers part of the surface to block it from paint. it differs from a stencil in that it is removed after only the area immediately surrounding it is sprayed.
Use local foliage as masks. Spray layers of colors with masks randomly all over the surface until you are satisfied. you can let each spray dry if you want it really smooth, but you don't have to. This will be much faster than a stencil job.
The G36c in the title was done with this method. it required only three coats, two sticks and three leaves.
Once again, you do not give it complete coats, except for the base coat. you are only painting the area immediately surrounding whichever stencil you are using.

Step 5: Sponging

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This method uses a sponge or sponges to apply the paint:

First, apply a base and a secondary color, then spray some other colors into a pan so that the paint accumulates as a liquid, and apply it to the gun via a sponge.

A really nice tutorial can be found here ( his guns turned out much better to).


Jai Burlingham (author)2013-11-23

Nice work they all look great! Didn't notice it was a G36 at first but that is really cool.

кзлодей (author)2013-11-01

Your coward cops. In Russia in general play with pneumatics and call it hardball

Torpe (author)2010-08-01

Um, it's illegal in America to paint over or remove the orange tip on an airsoft gun.

owlart101 (author)Torpe2012-05-23

Um, actually, check with state laws and county laws first. Where I live it is perfectly legal. My entire squad runs with metal flash hiders.

gmattison (author)2012-01-05

ur not the only one with realistic guns. me with my 1911 and all of my friends have very realistic guns but we hate orange tips. we even play at a professional course and team and they highly recommend that u dont use the orange tips

thing 2 (author)2011-04-22

How'd you get the top weaver rail off?

Molybdenum (author)thing 22011-05-10

Its held on by three screws. I also cut out the middle section with a hacksaw, and just put on the sections holding the sights.

thing 2 (author)Molybdenum2011-05-11


thing 2 (author)2011-01-31

What brand is the G36c?

Molybdenum (author)thing 22011-02-13


thing 2 (author)Molybdenum2011-02-14

That's the one I'm saving up for!

Molybdenum (author)thing 22011-02-15

The compatibility with them isn't great. The magwell and air nozzle are proprietary spec. I'd go JG AUG A3 (arguably the best AUG on the market),or a Cyma AK over a JG G36c personally.

Molybdenum (author)2011-02-13

Actually, you only have to have the orange on for shipping. you can remove it later. I leave it on to please my parents.

kve23 (author)2011-02-07

i love that camo job =)

NamasteNick (author)2009-02-16

on the tiger stripe i dont get how you stenciled out the brown.. please get back.

Molybdenum (author)NamasteNick2009-02-27

Im kinda confused by what you mean"stenciled out the brown". I skiped taking pictures of applying and masking, if thats what you mean.

thing 2 (author)Molybdenum2011-01-22

He means how you got the tan on the brown. But you just didn't take pictures for painting the brown on.

in the pic it looks like his first coat was tan (you can tell cuz there is brown on the side of the tan from where the painters tape frayed a little. Next brown and of course green.

spray a base coat of one of the colors you want to use for stripes. when it dries put on the painters tape in the shape of stripes. Now repeat with a different color on top of the tape and place more stripes(obviously not ontop of the other tape)((unless you want that actually looks pretty cool that way)). Now spray the last coat (in this picture it is green) let dry. apply sealant and your ready to roll enjoy

MadBricoleur (author)2010-07-17

i<3UTGM324!!! :)

arb1ter (author)2010-06-09

A little Hint. Im not trying to be mean but don't mix the different kind of Camos it looks stupid just go with one kind for through out the hole gun

Neovenetar (author)2010-04-15

 how much does one of those snipers cost?

tubanator-2.0 (author)Neovenetar2010-05-25

that one is the gen 3 utg sniper if i  am correct i recently got my gen 5 for around 130 or so and it came with scope and 5,000 rounds .2 with out the scope it around 90 quids also the gen 5's fps is around 450 fps with .2's of course

airsoft sniper 655 (author)2010-04-11

i have that same sniper its pretty good

DL Sloth (author)2009-06-09

Thats awesome i'll try that on my M4A1 btw do you know how to make or but a vertical handle for an M4 carbine or where to buy a rail system? P.s. nice sniper i used to have one just like it.

djlewis725 (author)DL Sloth2010-01-27

go to they have tons of stuff.

inventor1488 (author)DL Sloth2009-07-17

when it comes to RIS systems, if you're talking about the front end of your gun- thats like $140, my friend just got a price quote on the same gun at an airsoft specialty store in Sacramento. You may be able to get em cheaper, but the are a HUGE pain to install, if you're confident with your self around power tools, you would mod the front end and attach them yourself, they can run you as cheap as $20 used $40 new.

Vertigo666 (author)DL Sloth2009-07-16

Airsoft GI.

Thundertydus (author)2009-12-05

Hey, On your bottom Airsoft Rifle, can you please be a bit more clear on the steps?
My interpritation of what you are saying is that I paint it one tone, then stripes of the next, then lay down foilage THEN paint?
Please help, I'm doing a snow camo scheme (Main color:White, Second color: grey, third color: dark grey)
Please give me some steps to follow

airsoft pro (author)2009-10-18


GunUdown (author)2009-08-02

Sweet instructable... I have the 2 exact same guns as you the g36 and m24 sniper

albylovesscience (author)2009-07-20

whats with the uzi is it a airsoft gun

Raiden97 (author)2009-07-18

SWEET i put this on my m16!

superquack11 (author)2008-12-08

on the G36C, does it have good accuracy?

you can get a G36K, its midway between the C and full length G36, I have a tight bore in mine and it outranges a M324 and is more accurate when using .23s or heavier. And for all those M324 owners, google "teflon mod", +80 FPS, very useful on M324s that have lost some of their kick over the years

Molybdenum (author)superquack112008-12-20

It did out of the box, but I haven't maintained it as well as I should have so its a little worse now.

Wolf Seril (author)2009-06-13

If you look closely at true digital MARPAT or ACU, you'll notice that the squares aren't even. The point of that camo is it can disrupt your vision and depth perception, because you think the squares are even when they really aren't. In other words, using graph paper won't work. If you're just doing it for looks, thats fine, but if you want it to be realistic, either trace stencils from some fabric, or just find an image of MARPAT from the internet, print it out, and use that. Otherwise, good 'ible and paint jobs. G36c FTW.

MadBricoleur (author)2009-06-11

oooh is that a utg m324 i see in that bottom pic? awesome! i love that gun. i have an army digi camo one so i dont need to paint it but if it wasnt camo already then i'd paint it using this GREAT ible. :D

the "wow shammy" (author)2009-06-01

this looks so awesome!!!!!!!

elmi23 (author)2009-04-14

Good idea with the pipe cleaners. Nice instructable!

fallenspirit123 (author)2009-03-24

nice m324! :)

wenpherd (author)2008-11-18

good job!!

Molybdenum (author)wenpherd2008-12-29

Is your avatar really my example Uzi? I'm honored.

dude, your uzi is awesome!

wenpherd (author)Molybdenum2008-12-31


fallenspirit123 (author)2009-02-09

You did a great job on the camo man!!!

BaldyfatM324 (author)2009-02-09

Dude, nice M324. I have one, and I just finished camoflaging it. I think yours came out better, but i'm still proud of mine.

Enter 77 (author)2008-11-23

That bolt action rifle in step 4 is brilliant, well done. Did you just do one main colour, then add layers to it?

Molybdenum (author)Enter 772008-11-26

i baisicly had 3 colors of spraypaint by one hand, and a bunch of foliage by the othr. I grabed something with both hands randomly and used it. Eg id grab brown and a leaf, then green and a different leaf, or tan and a stick.

pkdirt98 (author)2008-11-18

Wow, the Uzi you painted look terrific! Thanks for this instructable! (First favorite :D)

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