CAMO Tips & Stencils
How To Paint Camouflage Patterns
Pick a Pattern/Template
To get the true look of camouflage, design your pattern and choose the colors based on the surrounding areas where the camouflage piece will be located.
Choose the Colors
Choose the colors starting with the base color and then the highlights. Always use paints with an ultra-flat finish such as Krylon® Camouflage with Fusion for Plastic® Technology to ensure there is no light reflection.
Design or Choose a Stencil
There are several choices for choosing a stencil. You can scan a stencil, use a template, design one yourself or use local leaves and branches.
Start Spray Painting
Begin with the color that covers the most area and then move into the other detailed areas. When the paint is dry, position one stencil at a time over the surface, secure it in place and spray paint the stencil area with the second lightest color. Leave the stencil in place until the paint dries. Repeat with each stencil leading up to the darkest color.
Camouflage Painting Tips
- The best way to camouflage an object is to match it to the surroundings in which it will be located.
- Use colors in the same family that work well together.
- Start painting with the lightest color and move to the darkest color.
- Take your time! Since there is a lot of overlapping, small mistakes won’t show.
- As with any spray paint, use several light coats instead of one heavy coat.
- Always read the directions before applying the spray paint.
– Create your own stencils by hand.
– Look to nature; use local tree leaves and branches as your stencils.
– Use Krylon provided stencils: Camouflage Stencils PDF