My How to Paint Your Rifle Digital Camouflage post has generated the most reader questions over the years. Questions vary, but most of them boil down to two.
One – How did you make the digital camo stencils?
I bought a few sheets of acetate, then I just started cutting into it with an exacto-knife. I didn’t have much trouble cutting a pattern, but some people get frustrated getting it right (there is no right way). Don’t look at painting it as an exact science. Take your time, do it over days, ponder your next step, work it like art, work it like camo.
For those that want a little stencil help, I made a download-able pdf pattern. Print it on 8.5×11 paper and lay it across your sheets of acetate. Use it as a cutting guide.
Two – How is the paint job holding up?
After four years you can see scuffs under the barrel and a little on the stock.
There are similar marks around the scope and trigger guard. They don’t bother me. I didn’t paint it to make it pretty.
- Ranger Man