When using CARC, mix only the amount needed to do the job (i.e. don't open a large container for a small job)
because unused CARC must be disposed of and cannot be stored.
Epoxy-polyamide coatings build up thickness quickly. Thick films are detrimental for good adhesion. Do not apply
CARC beyond its thickness tolerances.
Section III. SPECIFIC FINISH SYSTEMS
Specific finish systems for both camouflage and non-camouflage materials are addressed in this section and in
paragraphs 3-1 through 3-5. Refer to those paragraphs for additional details. Tables 3-3 and 3-4 lists the different finish
systems (i.e. combinations of primers, topcoats, and pretreatment materials used on specific types of surfaces) that are
most frequently encountered. Details on each of the components covered can be found in Chapter 2 and in the individual
specifications. This paragraph and paragraphs 3-14 through 3-16 give additional information on particular finish systems,
including those using CARC.
Specifications for CARC camouflage colors contain requirements to protect the military equipment against visual
and infrared detection and chemical agent contamination. CARC paints have this protective ability and also the ability to
be easily decontaminated. Camouflage coatings, especially aircraft coatings, are rough and difficult to clean under field
conditions. Cleaning agent, MIL-C-85570, is very useful in cleaning aircraft and other camouflage (alkyd or CARC)
For further camouflage paint (QPL) information, see Chapter 4, or contact: Commander, Belvoir Research,
Development and Engineering Center, ATTN: STRBE-VO, Fort Belvoir, Virginia 22060-5606.
Table 3-3. Camouflage Finish Systems
1When using T--E-485, types II or IV can be used.
2When using TT-E-485, type IV should be used.
3Where lead and chromate free topcoats are required, use type II of the camouflage specifications, where applicable.
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