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I've been wanting to do this for while now.

I started w/ half OD Alice & half Woodland Camo Molle and a few pieces of plain black gear.


I used the Krylon Fusion paint - manf. for plastics. It's Satin finish but dries mostly flat.


I grabbed a few diff. local plants and a piece of tin foil.


Tried a test sample so be sure the paint would stick & not eat the nylon.


And here's what I've got (Front & Back)






Some detail shots.




Most people know camouflage is not just about color, it shapes also. The human eye is drawn to things it recognizes. As a result, the big problem w/ this setup was too many straight lines (the grid on the front of the vest is very noticeable in the field) from the belts and webbing and too many boxy / identifiable / man made shapes.

So to try and fix this I painted the gear fully assembled, so the colors would be continuous from pouch to pouch. I also painted the corners of any box shape and bands of color across and webbing or straps.

Not perfect (I’m already planning some touch up) but better than it was.


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FN,

Looks good to me. I have a couple of those vests lying around, I may have to head to the store for some paint. Keep us posted on how the paint holds up. I had contemplated dyeing my DCU vest coyote, but it wouldn't solve the problems of the recognizable shapes.
 

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Thanks IceMan,


I keep you posted. I actually tried to rub of the paint off, on the test piece and it held up well.
It's got some Acetone & Toluene so it does "bite" into the material but because it's make for plastic of got some kind of flex agent in it. Working well so far.


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Looks nice and good. I have been testing camouflage for years and found that plain OD works great, next is homemade camo. I like it..
 
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