View Full Version : First try cammo painting and first time painting cordura

08-30-2014, 11:14 PM
I decided to paint my [bright, obnoxious red] pack to a less obtrusive state, but I needed practice first so I've started with a black cordura camera bag. It went acceptably, especially for a first try. This little bag took way more than half a can of khaki though, so I'll have to get more. Here is the result of my practice run:

I used Rustoleum cammo and I can confirm they do get very spattery past the halfway point. I'll probably try the Krylon when these run out. Both are said to bake on well for suitable items for much better wear durability.

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/2014-08-30195510_zps44f54170.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/2014-08-30195510_zps44f54170.jpg.html)

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/2014-08-30195439_zps657ad1a0.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/2014-08-30195439_zps657ad1a0.jpg.html)

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/2014-08-30195614_zps526af3ed.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/2014-08-30195614_zps526af3ed.jpg.html)

I apologize but my only acceptable camera at the moment needs a new battery.

08-30-2014, 11:16 PM
I used wisteria leaves and grass for stencils. I think next time I will let them wilt a bit before starting, so they lay flatter against the gear being painted. I also think tomorrow I'll come back again with more shadow to break up all the edges in several places. They still stick out like a sore thumb.

08-30-2014, 11:30 PM
Looks like ATACS FG.

I paint alot of ****. You can get sweet deals on black gear that nobody wants.

Of note, krylon is black under IR lit NVD observation.

L-R these were black, grey, and UCP (grey army cammo)

08-30-2014, 11:47 PM
I can't see anything.
(great job, both of you!)

08-30-2014, 11:50 PM
I don't expect I'll ever be evading IR night vision, but I'll file that under you never know.

08-31-2014, 07:04 AM
It came out great. Well done.

08-31-2014, 10:29 AM
Nice job , both of you.....I guess I hadn't thought about cameo on material.
Have done boats, bags, blinds, coolers, shotguns thermos bottles and even burlap for blinds.

Bought a can of "Dull Dead Grass" alum. boat paint....
Girl at the counter says..."What is this?"
I said, "It for cameo on my canoe."
She said, "Oh I was wondering why anyone would want that color".

08-31-2014, 11:43 AM
I would have said "It's for when you want to touch up your lawn, but you want it to look believable in drought season".

08-31-2014, 01:23 PM
Way back when....while duck hunting we would bring the Igloo coolers with "supplies"....and always thought that "Why don't the manufactures cameo a cooler?"

Here we are in a cameo canoe or boat, cameo clothes, guns and even dog vest....What not a cooler?

So, I wrote a letter, back then that's what you did...and ask why not a cameo cooler?....And while that were at it how about a seat?
They said, that their marketing research, said they didn't have a market.... They lied to me.

Year or so later there were all sorts of seat/coolers/cameo available....from a lot of people...never even said thank you.

Oh well....still ya done a good job.

08-31-2014, 01:42 PM
Thank you, Hunter.

08-31-2014, 02:00 PM
You are welcome........still have a couple of home brew kicking around.

BTW, guy was telling me that to paint you rown cameo....start light then add darker colors and designs...works pretty well.

08-31-2014, 02:13 PM
As long as I'm short on khaki and can't do the day-pack yet, I'm open to suggestions for the rest of the can. I already did my jpk, and I have it in a hot box to see how well this stuff thermo-sets. It should turn out harder than not curing it, at least.

Hunter: That is what I did also. I gave a good base coat in slow increments with the khaki (though I did accidentally saturate in some of the high spots) and then did the grass/foliage stencils in alternating green (army green) and shadow (deep forest green, which is quite gray, not too dark), then went over with the shadow to break up edges. Next time, I think I use hard-edged stencils for the breakup also.

09-04-2014, 09:38 AM
Ohhh noooos, not you too. You have just fallen down the rabbit hole. There is no coming back. First, it is a bag, then comes everything else you have. Eventually your wife will get mad at you for camo painting the computer tower. Don't ask me how I know that.

Great job, BTW!

09-04-2014, 10:17 AM
I have cameo so much stuff.....and haven't seen a lot of it in years?

Used to walk into a saloon during hunting season.....see everyone with Mis-Matched Cameo......makes ya want to tell everyone to strip throw everything in a big pile and start over....

You....take the woodland break-op,....You... get the 70's 'Nam field gear (always one in the crowd)....You...get the marsh grass late season....You...Mountain tree line.....

Now, I just order a beer and don't worry about it......

09-04-2014, 12:04 PM
Eventually your wife will get mad at you for camo painting the computer tower. Don't ask me how I know that.

Just don't camo your wife. You'll never find her!

09-04-2014, 03:58 PM

Just don't camo your wife. You'll never find her!

She would be in the opposite direction of where the frying pan came flying from.

09-05-2014, 02:10 AM
Oh looks great.

09-05-2014, 09:09 AM
She would be in the opposite direction of where the frying pan came flying from.

Man....do I have a good story to tell that relates to this one. :)
But, lets just say that I always look and see if there is anything near my wife that she might throw before opening the ol' mouth of mine.

09-05-2014, 03:29 PM
Man....do I have a good story to tell that relates to this one. :)
But, lets just say that I always look and see if there is anything near my wife that she might throw before opening the ol' mouth of mine.

I imagine that this practice started after the swelling went down and your vision started to return?

09-06-2014, 05:16 PM
Go big or go home!

http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o771/Mortblanc/IMG_0981_zps5701a00a.jpg (http://s1342.photobucket.com/user/Mortblanc/media/IMG_0981_zps5701a00a.jpg.html)

09-06-2014, 05:41 PM
LOL....No ship
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/hunter63/PICT0702.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/hunter63/media/PICT0702.jpg.html)

09-06-2014, 05:54 PM
I'll need a boat first.

09-06-2014, 07:20 PM
Yeah, I know, everyone needs at least one boat....first one comes hard...then they get easier.....like most things in life.
At least you got the cameo covered.

09-06-2014, 07:43 PM
Actually my first boat cost me $1. My grandfather was replacing his old jonboat and didn't want to just give me his old one so he asked me how much money I had. When I told him I had a buck he said 'Get in the truck. We're going to the DMV'.

09-06-2014, 08:00 PM
I camo painted a boat last year. It's in the yard some where. I still haven't found it.

09-06-2014, 08:20 PM
I camo painted a boat last year. It's in the yard some where. I still haven't found it.

I hear ya...still not sure how many are around here, either....some are ones people just park here for a while...as in, "Hey, you got room...."

09-07-2014, 12:57 AM
My first camo job on a boat was in the late 80's or early 90's we camo-ed a 12' Game Fisher using palm fronds from a cabbage palm and 3 colors of Krylon. Then we did our 16 foot Monarch a year later. We must have gotten that out of our system cause 10 more boats later we never have camo-ed a boat with paint. We have tended towards forest green or marsh beige kinda khaki?

I just bought my first camo gun about a year ago. A Franchi Affinity. I have found that I shoot much better with a camo paint job. LOL

I do like how the camo cases came out. Great job!

09-07-2014, 10:52 AM
I really don't know how much difference a cameo job does as far as concealment, so many patters and styles.....but turkey hunting and good head net and face cover will make you disappear.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/hunter63/new%20album/DSCF1001.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/hunter63/media/new%20album/DSCF1001.jpg.html)

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/hunter63/DSCF0725.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/hunter63/media/DSCF0725.jpg.html)

Then again, sometimes the intent and enthusiasm outweighs the practicality of the project and one is best served to keep ones mouth shut.....or dire consequences ensue.

"Honey it will be 12 ft in the air.....ah, never mind, it is really a cool paint job....Looking really good......"

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y139/hunter63/new%20album/fzartworkcrop.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/hunter63/media/new%20album/fzartworkcrop.jpg.html)

The best part....it's just fun, there is no wrong way, and no matter how much or little talent you have....GO FOR IT......

09-08-2014, 09:53 AM
I've been reading some about dying packs to change the color...It seems doable, however painting would be far easier. I just wonder how much stiffer does the paint make you pack? Is there a big difference with regular spray paints and the ones made for fabrics?

Has anyone used RIT dye or other similar fabric/nylon dyes?

I have an older small camelbak that is a little on the bright side for my liking, would like an earth tone color.

(side note, anyone wanting a "boat" I recently made a plywood canoe, its very easy...its completely doable if you have a little time and space.)

09-08-2014, 02:22 PM
I haven't used the Rit to dye nylon, but it works with vinegar added and the bath heated. I don't know which to use, but there are on the market at least a few aerosol spray dyes for synthetic fabrics. They would be nice to try also. My primary reason for going the paint route is that the camera bag I did started off black and the day pack I wish to do is bright red.

Did you do stitch-and-glue for the canoe? That's a fun process.

09-08-2014, 07:14 PM
I'm very tempted to try the "spray paint", likely will. I like how you can mask off what you don't want changed vs. using dye, although I want to try that at some point as well.

For my "canoe" (really a pirouge with too much rocker) yes I did stitch and glue, but also did ribs...I didn't buy plans but instead looked at several builds on line, when I started to do it I think different concepts melted together in my head. The outcome is alright, but not "fine boat building" pretty crude in some parts, but fun as hell. And it floats, has taken me off land for hrs at a time trying to catch fish, drinking beer etc, etc. I can't wait to build another...

09-15-2014, 10:04 PM
Got around to doing the day pack today. I never did get around to getting any more khaki, but this works, and I can fix it later if I decide to bother.

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/IMG_20140915_184551_zps1888c175.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/IMG_20140915_184551_zps1888c175.jpg.html)

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/IMG_20140915_184616_zps301c3d1d.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/IMG_20140915_184616_zps301c3d1d.jpg.html)

http://i602.photobucket.com/albums/tt106/canid/gear/IMG_20140915_184636_zpsa477f6d7.jpg (http://s602.photobucket.com/user/canid/media/gear/IMG_20140915_184636_zpsa477f6d7.jpg.html)

09-16-2014, 01:11 AM
While I was at it I did my current go-to flashlight as well.

09-16-2014, 06:16 AM
While I was at it I did my current go-to flashlight as well.

I see there are no pics of it...........you set it down and lost it didn't you?:whistling:

09-16-2014, 06:31 AM
Yep. I don't know where it is; could be anywhere.

In seriousness though, I'm going to have to prepare the surface. The lightest scratch by fingernail seems to be scraping it from the aluminum. Very smooth anodization and/or a not properly degreased object which spends a lot of time in sweaty hands seems to have defeated the mighty rustoleum for now.

09-16-2014, 06:49 AM
Another great job!!

09-16-2014, 10:25 AM
When I did the canoe....aluminum...had to use a surface prep...(think it was actually acid based) so the paint would "stick".
Chromed Thermos cups and base are wrapped in electricians tape......

09-16-2014, 12:35 PM
Just about everyone is making camo tape these days. You can even purchase the self clinging stuff. Works good on just about everything.

http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/attachments/f17/53992d1316118825t-camo-tape1.jpg (http://www.sportfishermen.com/board/attachments/f17/53992d1316118825t-camo-tape1.jpg)