Camouflage should match your surroundings.
Camouflaging your gun can be an added way to keep yourself hidden in the background when hunting or playing paintball, or to dress up a fake gun for use as a prop. An efficient way to camo spray paint a gun is to use the natural elements of your surroundings as your pattern so that your weapon blends in as best as possible. While spray painting your gun will take a day when you include the drying times for your paints, you should end up with a realistic camouflage appearance.
1. Place a sheet of plywood or spread out a tarp outdoors or in a well-ventilated area for painting. Remove or tape over any portions of your gun that you want to keep unpainted.
2. Lay your gun out on the tarp or plywood and spray with an even coat of primer on both sides. Allow the primer to dry for 30 minutes. Apply an even coat of your lightest color over the gun on both sides and allow it to dry for 30 minutes.
3. Collect a variety of leaves from outside including oak leaves, ferns, pine needles, and anything else that appears naturally in the region you will be using the weapon.
4. Place a few leaves over the gun, leaving some spacing between each leaf. Spray over the gun and leaves with the light green paint. Flip the gun over and repeat on the other side with new leaves and the same light green paint. Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.
5. Repeat placing various leaves in random patterns over the gun and spraying each side in sequence using the dark brown, then dark green, and finally black. Be sure to allow 30 minutes between each application for the paint to dry.
6. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly on the finished gun for two to three hours before removing the masking tape or replacing any portions of the gun you removed in step one.