painting booths meeting OSHA standards. That's where
another 10 seconds in the same spot. If no paint comes
camouflage pattern painting is done, too, because the
off the second time, it's CARC. (The first wipe may
paint must be applied very carefully to match specific
remove overspray and make you think it's not CARC.)
patterns for each piece of equipment. Camouflage
painting is covered by Chapter 4 of TM 43-0139.
2-4. Spot Painting. Use only CARC when you have to
spot paint equipment painted with CARC. Likewise, only
use CARC for adding unit identification markings
(bumper markings). Using alkyd paint for this gives you
areas where chemical agents will be retained. Since the
alkyd paint previously used is not available anymore,
use CARC here, too.
2-5. Where Not Used. CARC is NOT used on fabric,
metals that have anodized or parkerized finishes (like
weapons), hoses or other flexible surfaces. It is not
used on exhaust pipes, turbochargers, cooling fins or
other surfaces that conduct heat or get above 400 E. If
you're not sure whether to use CARC on a particular
surface, check with your Logistics Assistance
Representative at the local USAMC Logistics Assistance
2-6. CARC on Wood. CARC won't last as well on
wood. Wood expands and contracts with weather
changes. CARC does not. It is not flexible enough to
move with the wood, so it cracks and can peel off.
Follow the word in Para 3-5e of TM 43-0139 to protect
camouflage, the Army is going to a three-color
camouflage pattern. Again, you don't repaint a vehicle
2-7. Unit-level Painting. The word on using CARC is
that's painted in the four-color pattern just because it's
in Para 4-42 of AR 750-1 in Maintenance Management
different. Desertcamouflaged equipment painted with
UPDATE. Unit-level painting is limited to touch-up or
CARC should be painted using Tan 686. Sand was the
spot painting using a brush or roller-no complete
orginal choice, but tan was found to be a better
repainting. That goes for all paints, not just CARC.
camouflage color. Both colors are available, so match
your vehicle's color when spot painting.
2-8. Touch-up Painting. Touch-up painting is done to
prevent corrosion, not for purely cosmetic reasons. If
the paint is marred, but not deep enough to see bare
metal, you do not need to paint.
2-9. Complete Repainting. Complete repainting-using
any kind of paint-is only done at Direct Support, General
Support and depot level maintenance facilities with