Pattern painting is not a magic, cure-all camouflage technique, but it makes the item much harder to see and
recognize as a military object. It also provides an excellent base for applying further natural camouflage such as tree
limbs, shrubs, and grass.
Mixing CARC colors with one another will alter their individual effectiveness when
applied to the end item. Blending, therefore, is not permitted.
Camouflage finishes better lend themselves to touchup painting than do the current olive-drab coatings. Slight
mismatches in color are expected at times and will not be noticeable except upon close inspection. Likewise, minor
abrasions and scaling of surfaces will be equally inconspicuous. Marring and surface lightening due to handling is
characteristic of camouflage coatings and does not impede camouflage or infrared properties. This is typical of low gloss
and sheen coatings in dark colors and is considered satisfactory.
Section II. PATTERN APPUCATION
The local safety office and industrial hygienist must be consulted before
beginning/changing any painting operation.
4-3. PATTERN DESIGNS
Before applying camouflage paint patterns (CPP) to equipment, the pattern design for that equipment must be obtained.
Each type of item has its own CPP design which consists of 5 views of the equipment: front, back left side, right side and
top. Also issued with the designs are inspection worksheets and overspray gauges, which are necessary for inspecting
CPP once it is applied. To obtain design, inspection worksheets, and/or overspray gauges, write to:
Belvoir Research, Development and Engineering Center
R. Belvoir, VA 22060-5606
For the equipment being camouflaged, furnish the following data with your request:
National Stock Number (NSN)
Model Number (where applicable)
Standard Study Number (if known)
Line Item Number (if known)
See figure 4-1 for an example of the CPP for the M 113 Personnel Carrier. Within each area is a number that stands for
the color to be painted. The base, or primary" color is designated #2. Color #2 is usually applied first over all surfaces.
Color patches #1 and #3 are then applied over the primary coating.
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