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How to Paint a Woodland Camo Pattern

Updated November 21, 2016

Woodland camouflage is designed to allow concealment in a forest setting. It is a pattern that typically features black, brown, tan and green colours that are combined to simulate trees and other plants. Military personnel, hunters and paintball players are a few individuals who rely on woodland camouflage for concealment. The woodland camouflage pattern can be applied to vehicles, weapons, shelters and other equipment.

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  1. Prepare the surface to be painted. Clean the surface with soap and water, grease remover or denatured alcohol to remove dirt and debris. Wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth.

  2. Apply painters tape to any areas that should not be painted. On a vehicle, mask off trim, glass and other areas that should not be painted. Use sheets of newspaper to reduce the amount of tape used when covering large areas.

  3. Apply a base coat of black to the surface being painted. Use a sweeping motion to produce good coverage. Apply several thin coats rather than one heavy coat that might run or drip. Allow the coats to dry between applications.

  4. Apply the brown and green spray paint in long, sweeping motions. Begin at one edge, and move the brown spray paint can across the surface at an angle. Release the nozzle, and make another sweep across the surface several inches away.

  5. Hold a leaf by the stem and put it on the surface being painted. Use the green spray paint to out line the side and tip of the leaf. Move the leaf to another location and repeat. Continue to work across the surface, turning the leaf as you go.

  6. Place a thin strip of torn burlap on the surface. Position the burlap so that it is parallel to the brown stripes created earlier. Use the tan to create depth along the edges of the brown stripes. Spray the edge of the torn burlap with the tan paint to create the effect. Repeat across the surface.

  7. Complete the woodland camouflage pattern by applying several swipes of black at an angle to the brown and tan. Apply the black across the surface at various intervals. This will provide an additional break-up pattern to the camouflage.

  8. Warning

    Wear safety glasses, and use the spray paint in a well-ventilated area.

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Things You'll Need

  • Black spray paint
  • Brown spray paint
  • Forest green spray paint
  • Tan spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Torn burlap material
  • Soap
  • Grease remover
  • Clean cloth
  • Newspapers
  • Leaves

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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