How To Camouflage A Gun With Spray Paint

If you’re using your gun out in the wild, whether it be for hunting, for tactical training, or similar, one of the key advantages you need to give yourself is camouflage.

The clothes and the face paint are a good start, but if your gear doesn’t match, it can easily give your position away, and defeat the purpose.

Your firearm’s camouflage is equally as important, especially as a gun has a very distinct and recognizable shape.

If it’s painted with camouflage, you’ll be a lot stealthier and harder to spot! You can actually buy guns that come pre-painted in a camouflage style, which is great.

However, if your gun didn’t come camouflaged, there’s no need to worry. You can go down the DIY route, and do it yourself.

The best way to do this is by using spray paint, as it will provide you with the most professional-looking result. And it’s also the easiest and fastest way to get the job done too.

But how do you camouflage your gun with spray paint? What do you need? Keep reading and we’ll tell you everything you need to know!

How to camouflage a gun with spray paint

Before you Start: Preparation and Materials

Before you get started with camo spray painting your gun, you need to prepare the workspace where you will do it.

Ideally, you should have a nice solid flat surface upon which to do the job, so that you can place the gun down while you spray paint it.

Also, take into account that spray paint will stain everything it comes in contact with. That is, after all, its job as paint!

But it does mean that you should spray paint the gun on top of a surface that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Or alternatively, make sure to place a cover on the table and surrounding areas, so that nothing gets stained. (The same goes for your clothes, it’s super easy to accidentally get spray paint on yourself!)

But let’s get into the materials and tools that you will need:

Spray paint:

This is the most important tool to spray paint your gun (obviously!) You can buy any type of spray paint, but flat spray paints will work best for camouflage purposes.

You can find spray paint in almost any local variety store, like a Walmart or similar. You can also find them in hardware stores, or even paint stores!

But what spray paint colors should you get? That’s the important bit. It’s not like bright yellow will work as camouflage, there is a specific set of shades and colors that you need.

You can actually find Camouflage spray paint packs, and they will usually come with everything you need. But if bought individually, we recommend you go for earth brown, deep forest green, army green, and khaki.

(It also depends on the kind of terrain you want to base your camouflage on!)

Masking tape:

This will be used to cover the areas you don’t want to get spray paint on.

Cotton balls or sponges:

These will be used to create the grainy camouflage pattern.


Safety first! You’re working with spray paint and should therefore protect your hands.

Cloths and other protective covers:

These are obviously to protect the surface and surrounding areas, plus they always come in handy to wipe off any excess spray paint.

Step by Step Guide on How to camouflage a Gun with Spray Paint:

Now that you have your space prepared, and you’ve collected all the necessary materials, it’s time to actually get started and camouflage your gun with spray paint.

Here is the step by step breakdown of the process:

1. The first step of the process is to prepare the gun for being painted. Start by removing the screws that hold the gun action into the stock, and separate both pieces.

Make sure you’re using the masking tape to cover all the parts that need to stay protected from paint, such as the bolt channel.

Then, use a degreaser and wipe all the surfaces down until they are clean. That way they will be ready for painting.

Once you’re done cleaning, let the gun sit for around 10 minutes or so!

2. When the gun is completely dry, double-check and apply more masking tape so that everything other than the to-be-painted surfaces are protected and covered.

Take your time, as this step is very important. Any spray paint that gets inside the gun or into the delicate parts, can seriously damage the firearm as a whole.

3. Take the lightest of all the colors you’ve chosen, and use that as your base color. This should be a color that suits the terrain you’re choosing for the camouflage. Spray it lightly, and once it is dry, add a second coating.

Wait around 20 minutes between each coating. Take your time to ensure the paint is even. Once the entire gun is coated, leave it for around 30 minutes.

4. Once the gun is completely dry and is uniformly painted with that base color, reassemble it and put it back together into one piece. (This is so that the camo can be painted on in an even and continuous way.)

5. Next, it’s time to add the camouflage pattern with the rest of the spray paint colors. Alternate between colors and make sure you’re breaking up the horizontal shape of the gun. You want to make it so that the eye can’t properly follow its shape and identify it easily.

We recommend you add some vertical lines in different colors, using some small branches or blades of grass by placing them in front of the gun and then spraying them over so that they’ve left behind as a pattern.

You can also spray paint a sponge and then press it onto the gun while it’s still wet to add some extra patterns.

6. Once you are satisfied with the camouflage pattern you have created, let the gun dry completely, and put everything away. Now your gun is stealthy!

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