How to Paint Snakeskin Patterns on Rifles

Updated February 21, 2017

Camouflage is a useful tool for hunters. The less visible you are to the naked eye, the easier it is to avoid detection by your prey; this improves your chances of having a successful hunt. A snakeskin pattern for your camouflage helps you blend in while on the hunt.

Strip the rifle of any removable parts that you do not want to paint.

Mask off any areas you do not want to paint, but cannot remove; use masking tape and newspaper to cover the areas.

Sand the surface of all areas you are painting.

Spray the rifle on all sides with primer. Allow the primer to dry.

Spray the rifle with the colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry.

Lay the rifle atop the plastic mesh. Fold the mesh over the rifle.

Use tape to hold the sides of the mesh together as tightly as possible. A tighter mesh leads to well-defined lines.

Spray the rifle with the main colours you have chosen. Use a single colour, or multiple colours such as black, brown and forest green. Apply the paint in splotches; this creates a camouflage design in the scales.

Remove the mesh.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray-on primer
  • Plastic mesh
  • Spray paints
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