How to Paint a Military Vehicle

Military vehicles are painted in a camouflage pattern. This enables them to blend with the terrain. Once vehicles are painted in this way, they will not be easy to spot.

Steps to Paint a Military Vehicle

  1. Sandblast the Vehicle

    Before painting, make sure that it no longer has any remaining paint. Military vehicles that are to be painted are often those that have been salvaged. These are repainted so they can be restored to look like new. In this case, make sure to check for any rusty parts before painting.

  2. Choose Your Paints

    Before choosing the paint scheme for your vehicle, determine the terrain it will be used in. The traditional colors for specific terrains are as follows.

    • olive drab mixed with black is used in jungles and temperate zones
    • specks of earth red paint are mixed with the standard olive drab color for vehicles used in desert terrain
    • if the vehicle will be used in an area covered in snow but lined with trees, white specks are used with olive drab

    The generic camouflage paint theme often uses a combination of black and olive mixed with blue and white specks. The lightness and darkness of the color should blend with the predominant colors of the terrain the vehicles will be used in.

    A technique called countershading should also be applied to the under carriage of the vehicle. This involves applying a light gray or white paint. This makes the under surface reflect light. It also lessens dark shadows the vehicle can create.

  3. Painting Proper
    • Apply paint primer so that the coats of paint will stick better to the surface of the vehicle.
    • Wait for the primer to dry.
    • Use a spray paint or paintbrush to apply the paint. Make sure you mix and match the colors of camouflage properly. If you are not sure, you can paint a camouflage pattern freehand or you can use a stencil to trace the patterns.