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Old 08-17-2011, 06:00 PM
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So this is a bit of a change for me. I usually just surf around and pop jokes.

I've decided on Multicam as my camo of choice and I've started a project to eventually camo some of my rifles, and assorted gear. The EXACT colors for multicam seem mysterious at best and mythical at worst.

So..I decided to stop typing, and start doing.

This thread will be for me to post pics of my progress.


DAY 1
--- Bought supplies and tried a first sample on a cardboard rectangle.

My discoveries on day one:

I break down multicam into 7 colors:

Base:
1. Light brown
2. Darker brown
3. A sort of light pea-green

Middle:
4. A yellowish green faded into
5. A darker green

Top:
6. The really light tan
7. The really dark brown
  • I could not find the #3 Pea Green so there are only 6 colors in my sample. It looks like this makes it over-all darker without the pea-green. I believe my #4 needs to be more yellow.
  • I got all the cans at Wal(China)Mart, so now it's off to the other big ones to try and get closer colors. Supplies so far: $45 for cans paper etc etc
  • I need to pack the patters more to get a busier pattern
  • #1 and #2 are rust-oleum and will be the first coating and cover the whole project piece first - for durability

The huge model on the wall is fabric I found at my local surplus store - $12 for the whole piece of fabric. Its marked Army Supply along the edge SOLID GOLD

More to come...the big ending will by final pics of rifles and gear in a nice "natural" setting.

Enjoy!
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Nice work man. Keep us updated for when you apply this to a "real" project. It looks good!
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Your sample came out pretty nice, I like it.
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Wow that looks really good! congrats!
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Hey thanks all, I have just a bit of artistic ability - but not too much.

I first stared at the wall for days and days and broke down the layers in my head.

Just two secrets:

Getting the pattern right on the cards is pretty key - I'm just about there

Getting the colors right is, of course, the most important thing.
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Nice job Grevlin! I'd like to see how this turns out.
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nice did my thread on easy camo job inspire you haha
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nice did my thread on easy camo job inspire you haha
Actually...it did.

I hit the store a while after seeing it, been thinking about it for a while.
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Yep good job! You can loose the white & black spots (actually tan & chocolate) what they do is in twilight produce a tiger striped effect on clothes but for a rifle (because of size & scale) there are not enough spots to get the same striped effect either stretch them vertically into a real stripe or just leave them off. Also you want dark colors on top and fade to light underneath to get a counter shaded effect. The sun shines on the top lighting it up but the underside is in shadow making it dark, counter shading makes the weapon an average neutral shade at distances too far to see the splotches but close enough to see a rifle.
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it really looks good

but it also looks a bit dark for multi-cam the multi-cam i got is alot lighter in color



you might be right the lack of pea green may be what is makeing it look darker



to me it looks like the dark brown is to dark,but then again it could be the picture makeing it look darker.

i still think it looks really good , i like it
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Great work, I'll have my truck over next week.
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Yeah, the first sample is in hand grenade range, but needs some tweakin'

I'm going to make a few more stencils and try for two improved colors...maybe tomorrow.



I'm also going to rig up a metal sample - I think the cardboard is effecting the colors a bit.
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Great work, I'll have my truck over next week.


gonna need a few more spray cans
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gonna need a few more spray cans
i might send you my rifle stock
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really good work.
Your project is really useful; mine are usually useless, expensive, messy and really PO my child bride,
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have you checked home depot? they have nearly any conceivable color in the various types of spray paint they sell. also hobby shops have odd-ball colors. if youre feeling particularly brave spray paint colors can be mixed in a single container for a custom color and brushed on or poured into an airbrush bottle to be sprayed on. final colors can be adjusted slightly by sanding with very, very fine grit sandpaper and/or steel wool.
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So the fabric on the wall... you said you got it at walmart?


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So the fabric on the wall... you said you got it at walmart?


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Nope, that is from my local Mil-surplus store. They made a big purchase and landed a few huge rolls of camo fabric...and there in the middle, was Multicam. I freaked (internally) and the bought a piece for $12.


...I may get more, just because.
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I think it looks great, but maybe the lack of olive drab is why it looks a little darker.
the pattern looks perfect to me.

You ought to think about a badger air brush or equivalnt from a hobby shop.
You'll save a lot on paints and you could custom mix colours,
they will even have the right ones there most likely.
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Hey Grevlin,

New guy here, but I saw your thread and wanted to share my experience in doing the same thing. My colors are not exactly right, but I think they turned out pretty good. Below are a couple of posts that I had put on a local board that I frequent...and I thought they may help you out...
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I've got 2 identical rifles that I decided to try and camo. I started to just go with the Woodland camo,
but I really like the MultiCam pattern. I knew it was going to be harder to do, and take more colors, but I
think that it's one of the best patterns I've seen yet.

I'm doing one for me and one for my wife. This was my first attempt at painting camo on a rifle, so I was a bit
nervous about it. I used Krylon and Rustoleum paints, and after letting them cure well for about a week, it seems
that it will hold up pretty good. Not as good as DuraCoat, but at least this will be easy to touch up if I need to.




Here is an outdoor comparison of the two. One still dressed in black and the other one in Camo.





To tell you the truth...a couple of hours into the job, I thought that I had
ruined a perfectly good rifle..and I started to strip it back down to black and forget about it. It really
looks like DooDoo until you get into it, and start adding the dark brown and white hightlight colors.
Then it begins to come together and you can start to see what the end result will be. I found that the brown/tan
colors are the hardest to get correct, and you can see on this job that they are not exactly the correct shade.


I started by wiping everything down very good with laquer thinner...and I had to sand the scope
because it had a teflon type finish on it. Then I masked off the scope ends. I just built these rifles recently,
and I knew I was going to paint them, so I did not use any oil when putting them together. So you would
have to take a little more time degreasing one that had already been lubed I suppose.

Then I painted the whole rifle in wide slanted stripes of light and med O.D. green. Then I put some
positive stencils all over it, and misted some darker real green here and there. I wasn't happy with the light
O.D. green, it seemed a little to yellow...so I misted over some of that with just plain med O.D. green to tone
it down a bit. (See Pics below) There were other areas that I wasn't happy with the shapes, so I would just
carefully wipe those areas with laquer thinner to strip it back down and painted that spot again. That's the
great thing about using krylon over Duracoat or something more permanent, it's fairly durable after it
cures for a while, but it's easy to fix mistakes and easy to touch up if you need to.

I cut my own stencils out using blue 3M painter's tape. Confiscated one of my wife's plastic cutting boards.
Then I would lay out a couple of strips of tape on the board, look at some Multicam cloths to get ideas, and
draw the shapes on the tape. Then used and Exacto knife to cut them out. (See Pics below)

Another good thing about the Krylon is that it doesn't have to dry for very long before you can put the tape
on it, and not worry about the tape pulling the paint off. I didn't have any trouble with that happening unless
I put tape over something that I had JUST painted within the last couple of minutes. Usually 5-10 minutes
and you were good to go for putting stencils back on it.

I used positive stencils at first, here and there to give the base coat colors some shade difference and still
have the original colors untouched when I pulled those stencils off, which you can see in the pics below. Then the
rest was done with negative stencils. I would cut them out of the middle of a 3" wide piece of tape, then stick it on
and spray the cut out area carefully, to not get overspray on anything else.

Oh, and I would reuse the stencils whenever I could. I would stick it on, paint it, then take it off and put it somewhere
on the other side in a different spot and paint it again. Some of the smaller stencils and small dots, I would use
several times until they wouldn't stick good anymore. This helps out to save some time. And, as I mentioned in a
later post, I used wooden toothpicks to make sure the stencils were stuck down good around the edges.

Here's some pics taken during the process...








I painted the inside of the handguards and the barrel under the handguards with O.D. green before
I put it together, to make sure everything under there was coated with a color other than black.

Also, I used wooden toothpicks alot during the process. They come in real handy for running and rolling them
around the stencils to make sure they are all stuck down good around the edges to keep overspray from
getting under them...and they work good for taking the stencils back off without scratching the other paint
around it.

From what I can tell, since my colors are not an exact match...the colors are not as important as the pattern itself.
As long as you get the colors somewhat close, just try to mimic the pattern the best that you can, it will blend
in with it's surroundings pretty good.

Continued in the next post...
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