21 comments on “Camouflage Paint Application….It’s the ‘Little Things’ that Really Hide You…OR Make You Stick Out….

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  2. In the 80’s we were taught “light on the lows, and dark on the highs”. Splitting the terrian features of your face with different colors sure seems like a better concept. Also used a coat of bug juice to aid easy clean-up. Comes off qith a babywipe. Good article. Thanks.

  3. Good stuff! ‘specially for us folks in the fly-over woodland areas of Mid-FUSA. Trees, shrubs and booshes are starting to leaf back out. Time to blend in.

    One test: paint yourself up, sit down against a big tree at its base and be still. If a turkey wanders up–WHAM! You are really gtg!

  4. Yeah, that’s basically the method that I teach to blend into the diagonals and splitting face terrain. We were in during the same era, though I started a bit earlier…. ’73…which makes me a proud member of the ‘Dinosaur Club’. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and the input!

  5. Good post.

    With the GI camo and cold cream in a tin idea, mix in about half as much Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition bug juice and sunscreen as cold cream. The camo goes on and comes off even easier, and you get bug juice as good as GI issue without the DEET, plus SPF 28 sunscreen, mixed into the camo.

    If you’re hardcore and secure in your manhood, the punk/goth explosion means you can get lipstick in non-traditional subdued dark colors to get the last bit of your lips’ vermilion area fully covered. You can also blend shades with Q-tips, not only for better coverage, but also in case using lipstick straight (you should forgive the unintentional pun) out of the tube makes you feel a little too gender-diverse.
    I’ve also seen over-achievers get Halloween tooth-black and apply it to their pearly whites to make that last spot of white go away. Remember, if it’s stupid, but it works, it’s not stupid.

    No one AFAIK has yet gone with full eye contacts to get rid of white eyes, a la Hollywood horror movie FX, but the option is out there if you want to be the first on your block.
    Somebody comes out with woodland MarPat eyes, give me a holler.
    Bonus points if it’s got an EG&A built into the pattern.

    Also, the camo goes on your face, neck, ears, and hands while you’re in just a t-shirt, and before the camo jacket goes on, so you don’t miss anything.

    And currently, you can get empty tins from The Container Store, online or in person. They’re under “Tins”, and called “shallow seamless tins”. They have 2.5″, 3″, and 4″ sizes for around $1-2@, if you don’t want to dick around with cleaning out shoe polish tins, and have the time.
    (Their unbelievable variety of containers are also FANTASTIC for putting together your first aid/survival//weapons cleaning/fishing/sewing kits, too. Add them to your resource list.)

    Lastly, the nomex gloves are the bomb. But the backs should get diagonal stripes of brown (or darker/lighter greens) paint, and if you want black, a little Sharpie will do the trick. Better than issue, twice the camo.

    Baby wipes take everything off.

  6. black gloves show up almost as badly as white hands as do black boots in most woodland ie;leaves on the ground areas. i was once on flank security and found the whole ambush by the black boots against the brown leaves. oh yeah, much to my dismay, black framed sunglasses are eaasy to pick out in nature too. so, scuff up the boots and gloves or mud them up and get some other color glasses.

  7. Do you have any recommendations for those of us who wear eyeglasses? All the paint in the world won’t help with a pair of mirrors on your face….

  8. I pay more for mine and get non glare/reflective lenses. The only other thing I can offer is try to keep bright sun angled away from your face, no matter what you’re doing. Same thing when setting up a deer stand; never look directly into the sun.

  9. Yeah, they do, but as I said, better than nothing. Personally, I prefer to lightly spray paint the black cloth/leather with more neutral colors, but you take a chance on ruining them. Same with the boots. I do the same to my field boots. So far, after 4 years, they’re still working pretty well. Good points, all!

  10. DTG-
    Where do you get the non reflective lenses?
    I haven’t had any luck finding them in NE Ohio,other than some absurdly priced lenses that would make the pair of glasses over $300.00

  11. Well….I do pay over $300 for my lenses, and that’s after my so-called insurance pays for part of it….I know it’s a problem for many, but I would rather have the non-reflective/glare glasses than some other things, so it’s a trade off, like everything else.

  12. Looks like I’ll just have to cough up the $300.00.
    Got busted by a nice 8 point buck during our muzzleloader season due to reflection off of glasses.

  13. Wrapping/covering eyeglass lenses with ONE layer of stretched black/brown pantyhose over the lenses allows you to still see through them, but cuts the reflected glare way the heck down. It also works for binoculars and other glass-lensed optics. Poor man’s KillFlash.
    You should also cover the lenses with painter’s tape, then hand-paint the frames and temples of a pair of eyeglasses with flat paints in camo patterns with contrasting light/dark earth tones of green and brown, or other shades appropriate to the environment you’ll be using them in.
    Another easy way, just like with rifles and many other items of gear, is to rattle can them in one flat shade of green, lay some bits of plastic fern from a craft store over it, then spray a second contrasting coat in brown or tan. Presto: Instant leaf pattern camo.

    If you’re wearing glasses, it should go without saying you’re also wearing a wide-brimmed boonie-style hat or else a face veil, to shade them from sunlight/moonlight as much as possible.

    As the OP noted, nothing is a perfect solution, but you can always find ways to improve your camo.

  14. Yes, but.
    A bug net looks like a bug net.
    Whereas the hose on the lenses are a much smaller area, and the rest of your head/face camo kicks in.
    Also, the fine mesh of stretched hose closer to the face lets you see out better, because close-in the mesh is ignored by your vision; but moving it away from the lenses makes it harder to see out, like trying to see through a screen door. With a head veil, you’re looking through much larger holes than bug net, and probably garnished with camo strips, so it’s like peering through leaves from inside bushes.

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