There are two main reasons to spray paint your airsoft gun. 1) is because it breaks up the shape and silhouette of your gun offering you better camouflage and concealment opportunities therefore making it harder for your enemy to spot you. 2) is purely for aesthetics reasons. That is that you want your gun to look a certain way, maybe because you’ve spotted someone else with a gun similar, or maybe you’ve seen an image of a real world operator and liked the paint scheme that his gun had, or maybe just for a fashion statement.
Why Spray Your Airsoft Gun
Outside of airsoft painting your firearm is only really reserved for the elite of military, law enforcement and private contractors. It is done to break up the outline of your weapon so that at close range it is hard to spot. General infantry units don’t often have much need for a painted firearm as they are generally carrying out either peace support operations or full-on war time operations. The former isn’t an appropriate situation to be sneaking around and the latter often involves knocking on your enemies door loud and hard. Both situations have minimal need for a concealed firearm. Special forces and specialist operators on the other hand will often find themselves in close proximity to hostile forces and as such will have a greater need to stay hidden. So why do so many people within airsoft have a painted gun. Well, airsoft by it’s very nature is very close range and because of this a painted gun will be an advantage, especially when playing a woodland environment. It can help you to stay concealed even when your opposition is metres away. During a game at Gunman Airsoft’s Eversley site I was able to sit in a shallow shell scrape with just a scrim scarf draped over my head picking off the enemy team as they approached within metres of me. Often as I shot them they would stand there for a few seconds trying to figure out where I was. Had my gun of been a nice shiny black, chances are they would have spotted me. This is just one example of where a painted airsoft gun can work. It isn’t for everyone though. A close friend of mine hates the idea of his VFC HK416 being painted and isn’t likely to change his mind any time soon!
For those of you that like the idea but don’t know where to start the video below will hopefully give you and idea on what is needed and what can be done. Remember though, this is a basic tutorial showing just one simple, but effective method. You can create great effects using multiple colours and different materials or even foliage to create a stencilling effect. The method shown in the tutorial is more of a rough and ready approach as well. It’s the way it would be done by a soldier out in Afghanistan or similar areas before going out on a mission. To give the paint finish on your gun a more sturdier, chip resistant, finish you can use a matt clear coat on top. Below are some examples of guns that I have painted using Khaki, Olive and Brown coloured Krylon pain and a scrim scarf.
Watch the video now and see how a simple yet effective pattern can be achieved. If the video doesn’t load for you, you can visit my YouTube channel here