How to Custom Paint Your Airsoft Sniper Rifle

Written by larry simmons
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Any Airsoft sniper recognises the importance of low visibility. One of the best ways to decrease the visual impact you have on the environment is by painting the rifle to better blend into your surroundings. A custom paintjob, using camouflage-painting methods, can make your Airsoft sniper rifle part of the scenery, giving you the low visibility you need to get off the best shot possible.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Camouflage stencil kit
  • Masking tape
  • Ultra-flat camouflage spray paint
  • Matt clear-coat spray

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  1. 1

    Prepare the rifle for painting. Disassemble the case of the rifle and remove the internals. Open the case by unscrewing the rifle body.

  2. 2

    Place the rifle body onto a flat surface.

  3. 3

    Spray a coat of primer onto the rifle. Your base coat should be a dark, flat colour, either brown or black. Allow the paint to dry according to the paint manufacturer's instructions.

  4. 4

    Spray the base coat of your weapon onto the rifle body. This base coat is the main colour of your weapon that the camouflage will be applied to. Earth tones are best for blending into the surroundings.

  5. 5

    Place the stencil onto the body of the rifle, taping it securely so the edges of the stencil lie flat against the body. Press on the stencil to remove any air bubbles, working from the covered areas toward stencil openings.

  6. 6

    Spray over the stencil, marking the body of the rifle in the stencil pattern. Allow the paint to dry and then remove the stencil.

  7. 7

    Spray the rest of the stencils onto the body of the rifle, using a different camouflage colour per stencil sheet, and giving the paint time to dry between applications.

  8. 8

    Seal in the paint design by spraying the body of the rifle with a layer of matt clear-coat. The layer of clear spray will keep the paint looking fresh and protect it from fading or damage from scratching or impact. Give the clear coat a full 24 hours to dry.

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    Reassemble the rifle for use.

Tips and warnings

  • Some states require that all Airsoft weapons retain the orange cap on the front. Do not paint over this cap without checking with your local law-enforcement office.

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