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Camo Paint for your Military Vehicle
In order to put a good quality camouflage paint pattern on your military vehicle, you need to know the pattern layout for your vehicle and the paint colors to use. The charts on this page provide the military camouflage colors, with their FS595 Color Codes.
Camouflage Paint for Four Color Patterns
The original CARC paint has been replaced by a safer and more environmentally friendly formulation called Water Dispersible CARC (WD CARC). More information about CARC and WD CARC paint is on the linked Olive-Drab.com page. Be sure to read and understand the CARC safefy information if you are not experienced with this type of automotive paint.
The camouflage CARC alkyd enamel paints and colors for the four color camouflage were standardized under the designations in this table:
Military Vehicle Camouflage Paint for Three Color Patterns
Colors for more recent three color camouflage patterns would be from this list of FS595B colors:
Desert Tan 686 (Color No. 33446) is the sole color used for operations in Southwest Asia, a one color camo scheme. See the linked page for more information about desert camouflage.
Selecting Camouflage Paint for Your Military Vehicle
When attempting to match military camouflage painting, you must use a good quality paint from a supplier who is either producing paint for the military, has surplus stocks, or is dedicated to the matching process. Do not use CARC without professional level knowledge and equipment (see CARC and WD CARC page)! Try the paint in a spray can before attempting any large project. Many MV parts dealers carry Aervoe brand as the most common paint available for this purpose. "The Right Stuff" carries military paint meeting FS 595A in kits for four-color camo and Army Jeep Parts, Inc. carries Gillespie Coatings Inc. paint which is full mil-spec. The military specification paints have higher solids content which is initially harder to use but better long term. Use Olive-Drab Supplier Search to find all the paint dealers.
For small jobs or touch-up you can use model paints; Testors, for example, has paint which conforms to the FS-595A paint codes you need. There is quite a bit of material about paint and colors on the web generated by model enthusiasts. For example, this FAQ from rec.models.scale and this article from the International Plastic Modellers' Society (Stockholm) which reproduces Urban Fredriksson's Color Reference Charts covering military paint colors, the FS595 standard and information about many manufacturer's paints and colors.
Commercial automotive paints, such as DuPont, PPG, or Sherwin-Williams, can be mixed in military colors matching the FS595 code numbers. Most automotive paint shops will look up the color codes and mix it for you. Tower Paint will do it by phone or e-mail in bulk or spray cans.
A military contractor who been painting camo patterns on TACOM vehicles professionally for more than a dozen years, working at a facility in Missouri, offers these observations:
Find More Information on the Internet
There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.
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