Gun paint job can give a lot of advantage in the field. The black airsoft replica can be easily spotted in the woodlands, even if the player is perfectly covered in the camouflage. It’s not that hard to make the gun less visible – even the most basic patterns can dissolve the easy to spot figure. The painting is incredibly easy – if one doesn’t have a very artistic vision of the camo, then probably everyone can do it by themselves.
Painting should be done only in a ventilated room or in open field! It is also worth to use gloves, during the degreasing and painting process.
Setting everything up
At first – dismantle all accessories. Personally, I don’t disassemble the whole replica, however it is worth to remove the hop up chamber with inner barrel. Moreover, if the gaps between gun’s body parts could let a lot of paint to get inside the gearbox, then I would recommend to remove it too.
Now we clean the body with the degreaser. The next step is to cover all elements that you don’t want to paint.
Now it’s time for the base color. I recommend using the olive base or coyote/tan base. Shake the can for about 30 seconds, in order to stir the paint inside. Then apply it on the gun from about 30 centimeters, by short sprays and thin layers.
That’s the base. What’s next is up to you.
The dusty/used gun effect
Having the base already done, just use one of the tools to remove some paint:
- a soft paint remover
- kitchen sponge – if the paint is still wet
To make it look realistic, not postapocaliptic, you should remove some paint from these elements:
- pistol grip
- handguard rails
- fire selector
- fire suppresor
- the side of the body that lays on the rest of equipment, when gun is carried on sling.
Eventually, with time the paint will wear off some parts ;).
If you want to get just the dusty look – spray the gun with Coyote paint and quickly brush it off with the kitchen sponge when it’s completely wet.
The drunken commando
To complete this method, we need two additional colors that will contrast the base one. Next, apply a random zig-zags with the first and second color. In my case, the base was Olive Drab, and the two additional colors were the Dark Brown and Coyote. The zig-zags can be applied from a short distance – 15-20 centimeters.
If the color is too strong for you, you can “fog it”. Use the other color to make it less visible. I’ve done this with the brown paint.
Voila! This technique can be also used as a base for other methods.
After making the base of the paint job, put some mesh on the airsoft replica and spray the paint trough it with the contrasting color. The result will look like the Snakeskin.
Like the name suggests – it involves the use of natural sponge. Tear it apart and use as a stamp to make unique, contrasting patterns. The more colors – the better is the final effect.
The Digital Camo
It’s probably the most complicated method which gives very characteristic results, that doesn’t suit every taste. With the sharp knife cut out the digital patterns from the paper, then use it as a stencil.
This time the patterns are applied with the use of the “natural tools” – leaves, grass etc.
What are your favorite methods of painting airsoft replicas? Share them in the comments!