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Sponge Camo Tutorial
jrn156  [Member]
I wanted to share my experience trying out Sponge Camo and found only a few references on some other forums so I thought I would post a how to.

Materials-
Khaki, OD, and Oregano Rustoleum or Krylon
Sponge-Walmart craft section buy the one that look like natural sponges.
Gloves
A likely victim

I started by painting an old stock with a base coat of khaki.



I then painted random but fairly evenly spaced stripes of OD over the khaki base coat.



The next step was to spray some of the khaki onto a paper plate, then dip the sponge into the paint and dab the khaki paint onto the OD stripes. Dont go to heavy.



The next step is to take the sponge then dip it in OD paint then dab the OD paint on the kahki. Again don't go to heavy.



This is what you should have so far- not half bad but we're not done. The next step is to put some Oregano color over the whole thing again using the paper plate and the sponge.



After the Oregano.



I should have left well enough alone at this point but thought it needed some brown or dark tan so I started with a liitle Rustoleum Nutmeg and although its kind of close to the dark tan background in woodland Marpat I thought it was to light. I then followed up with some Rustoleum Chestnut-still to light. So––- I went with Rustoleum Flat Brown. It finished up a little busy but blends in well.





Not bad for a first attempt.

I liked the overall effect and thought that for a rattle can job it looks outstanding.

For my next attempt I decided to try an urban type camo consisting of Rustoleum light gray, medium and dark gray primer. The victim is my son's old airsoft gun.



Here is the finished product. It seems that using three colors keeps the pattern a little more open and defined.





I was wondering if it would be possible to use this technique with Duracoat. I've painted with stencils and will continue to do so but this seems like alot of fun and it's not permanent.

The next victim will be one of the ARs.
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die-tryin  [Team Member]
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Shizzlemah  [Team Member]
Really nice work! Can we get some closeup pics of both?
Striker071  [Member]
Duracoat has to be sprayed.... so the sponge may not work
jrn156  [Member]
I'll try to get some close up pics in the next day or so.
grendelbane  [Member]
I like that! Very good job.

Seems like you have captured the best part of the digital camo patterns, without capturing the worst part. They are just so ugly!

I know this is a subjective observation, but I do prefer patterns that work well at a distance, and are not ugly close up.

I also like patterns that are some what distinctive close up, while working well at a distance, not always easy to accomplish.
bjwar10  [Member]
That looks really good. Thanks for sharing.
jrn156  [Member]
Thanks for the compliments. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that the sponge camo comes out looking a little like digital camo.
marksman121  [Team Member]
Will try that. Thanks!
jrn156  [Member]
The next project is my Bushmaster A2 upper carbine. I wanted to try a pattern that would look like woodland Marpat. This pattern works really well here in North Florida plus I like the way it looks.

Rifle de-greased with brake cleaner. Parts that I wanted to stay black are masked off with blue painters tape.



Base coat of Rustoleum Nutmeg and OD.



Base coats done, ready for the sponge.




Tan sponge coat done.




OD sponge coat done.



Black sponge coat done.





Khaki sponge coat done. Finish with 2-3 coats of matte clear.



Against Marpat.



Finished-







I’d like to see what everyone else is able to do with this technique. It goes very fast, looks cool and actual time from start to finish aside from waiting for the paint to dry is about an hour.
BallisticTip  [Team Member]
Very nice job, thanks for sharing, will have to give it a try.
Miami_JBT  [Team Member]

Originally Posted By jrn156:
The next project is my Bushmaster A2 upper carbine. I wanted to try a pattern that would look like woodland Marpat. This pattern works really well here in North Florida plus I like the way it looks.

Rifle de-greased with brake cleaner. Parts that I wanted to stay black are masked off with blue painters tape.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1274.jpg

Base coat of Rustoleum Nutmeg and OD.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1276.jpg

Base coats done, ready for the sponge.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1286.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1288.jpg

Tan sponge coat done.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1292.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1289.jpg

OD sponge coat done.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1295.jpg

Black sponge coat done.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1301.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1310.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1302.jpg

Khaki sponge coat done. Finish with 2-3 coats of matte clear.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1312.jpg

Against Marpat.

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1317.jpg

Finished-

http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1328.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1334.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1335.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1341.jpg
http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu198/jrn156/Gunpicture-1345.jpg

I’d like to see what everyone else is able to do with this technique. It goes very fast, looks cool and actual time from start to finish aside from waiting for the paint to dry is about an hour.

That is by far the easiest digital pattern I've ever seen. I'm to up tight to paint my guns but I might have to spray one of my Ruger 10/22 stocks like that.
bjwar10  [Member]
You'd better stop right now. That MARPAT look alike is awesome. I'm about to trade in my pine needles for a couple of sponges.
eastky454  [Team Member]
I've been trying to figure out how to do it with duracoat, but things havent worked too well. I know some guys do it, but the problem I have is that duracoat dries so fast that you have to spray the sponge directly and then it builds up a texture on the gun. Maybe if you just poured out the duracoat on a plate it would work?
jrn156  [Member]
What if you mixed out like a tablespoon of Duracoat and poured it on the plate then dipped the sponge the same way I did it with the rattlecan, or mix the Duracoat in an airbrush mixing jar then poured some directly on the sponge? If I get time this weekend I'll try it out on a mag or two I have already duracoated.
grendelbane  [Member]
I don't know if Duracoat will respond well to the sponge treatment or not. I do know that you could paint the first 2 colors using Duracoat, and then apply the sponge treatment with Krylon over the Duracoat. That way you could alter the appearance and some of the color to match the season.

Flexibility is nice.
tcallis  [Member]
Just tried it on my a all wood rifle for my son. With practice i may do my AR. I've been thinking about something like this. Thanks for the pics.
easttexas  [Team Member]
I like it, have you thought of doing the same process in desert camo colors?
TitusAndronicus  [Team Member]
Just tried this out on my rifle. OD, Brown, and Khaki. Not too bad. I'll post pics when it's dry. Great write up.
Greg3  [Team Member]
I'm doing this to my wifes Rem870. Yea, I had to try it out on something....LOL

Right now I just have the Khaki base coat on it. I will let is set up for the night and will do another color after work tomorrow.
I also have OD and black right now. I may pick another color to splice into the color but haven't decided which color yet.

I will post up pics as I get it done.
Dragonfly228  [Member]
should try use some mini skull stamps...
WPNS462  [Team Member]
I'm gonna try this on my 7mm Rem Mag pretty soon. Looks good. Gonna do it in Khaki and brown though for a desert scheme. Maybe throw in a Mando skull on the stock. Thanks for the pics, looks great.
Mac_Fan  [Team Member]
Amazing. Looks fantastic.
squirrelslayer1  [Member]
Great job. Looks amazing.
jrn156  [Member]
Well I tried the sponge camo technique with Duracoat and it works!

I started with a AR mag that I had previously coated Duracoat Magpul FDE, that had seen some hard use.



The next step ws to spray the next color on the mag. In this case I used HK black because that's what I was spraying for another project and didn't want to mix up another batch of paint for just an experiment.



The next step was to pour some of the black from the mixing jar onto a paper plate and the get a small piece of sponge dip it in the paint and wearing gloves dab the paint on your work piece the same way you would do it with Krylon. In this case putting the black on the FDE.







The next step is to mix a small amount of your first color, in this case Magpul FDE, in the mixing jar and pour some onto the plate. Using the sponge put the FDE on the black.





This process does work with Duracoat which is cool. My next project is going to be to use this process on my Rem 700 deer rifle or if I'm feeling brave my 20" AR HBAR.
David_ESM  [Team Member]
Did this today. Krlyon Camo Khaki + Brown. The lighter brown/darker khaki is 1/3 Brown + 2/3 Khaki.

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