Intro: How to Camouflage an Airsoft
In this instructable, I'll show you how to paint any airsoft gun a proper camo, in this case, I am painting my airsoft blue tiger, just for decoration purposes. (Blue tiger is not a practical camo for blending in.)The picture on the top shows what my gun used to look like, and the bottom picture shows what it looks like after painting the camo and adding a laser to my rail.
Step 1: Come Up With a Camo Idea
Obviously, the first step of any paint project is to make a plan. I used a free photo editing app called Aviary on my phone to draw out a rough blue tiger camo so I could know what I was doing before I started. I suggest you plan out what you want the gun to look like before you paint or you may be disappointed with your results.
Step 2: Mask Off Everything You Don't Want Painted
Use painter's tape,(also called masking tape) to mask off any areas you want to stay their original color. Make sure you're generous with masking a lot off, because you are using spray paint, and you don't want to end up with stray dots on the unmasked gun. Trust me, it happens. Now, as I am painting this gun dark blue tiger, meaning black with blue stripes, I first paint the parts blue. -------- There's a rule of thumb when painting anything in layers: the first is last and the last is first., meaning if you paint something black, then make tape stripes and paint the surface white, when you peel away the tape, you get a white surface with black stripes. Switching the order of layers reverses the effect.
Step 3: Mask Off Some Stripes
After your underpaint dries, mask off some stripes, or spots or whatever camo pattern you want, with some more tape. Keep in mind that the tape will show you exactly what pattern you will get. Think of it as "painting" with the tape, if that makes any sense.
Step 4: Paint the Upper Coat
Paint over the gun parts with your upper coat.(the color you want to see the most of.).
Step 5: Unravel Your Camo.
This is the moment of truth. Once your paint is completely dry, carefully peel away the masking tape from your gun. If you were careful, and nothing went wrong, you should see a nicely-coated camo on your gun. This blue tiger came out better than I expected, but believe me, paint does not always coat evenly. Sometimes, you just get lucky. ---Note the huge ball of masking tape from the gun. It took about 15 minutes to peel off.
Step 6: Enjoy the Finished Product!
Hopefully, your camo went exactly as you planned and you're happy with the result. Or maybe this instructable inspired you to get an old gun and paint it for the heck of it. Whatever happens, I hope you can get the results you're looking for, and I hope this tutorial can help you to get there. If you liked it, please give me a thumbs up or a comment in the box. Thanks for viewing!