From time to time all of us has acquired of manufactured something to be used in the field associated with out cameras. It may be a bracket, mount, security box or maybe just a deer stand. In many cases the product that has came out of the store leaves a lot to be desired as far as how well it will fit into the environment you wish to place it.
The “one size/color fits all” just does not work. In the south we have many hard woods and pine trees. Elsewhere the vegetation found in the field may take on a different color. This can vary with the seasons so we still want what ever we are taking to the field to look and match the surroundings as much as possible.
I have built security brackets for just about every camera that has ever been made and I have tried everything from camo tape to spray paint to make it fit the outdoor area it is going to have to be placed in. Even some of the cameras we have purchased stuck out like a pair of pink undies when hung on a tree. We have had a degree of success with some home brew paint schemes using just the spray can camouflage paints found in stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
I selected 5 pieces of metal and to that I sprayed a base coat, sometimes a single color or if I wanted to get fancy I used several colors. Once this dried I either go out in to the field and select some leaf vegetation like fern or like to use as a pattern. I also use the plastic ferns like found in Wal-Mart for flower arrangements. There are also some interesting plastic shapes that can be found around the fish aquarium areas of pet stores that will also work very well.
The procedure is to place the vegetation pattern over the top of the dry base coat then from about 12 inches away spray another contrasting color over the pattern and which leaves that pattern displayed on the base coat. There are five different base coat patterns that I did for this example. Some are just one color and some are multi colored. The top coat can be selected as to what effect you are trying to duplicate according to the area you are trying to match. The sky is the limit as far as combinations but all should be the very flat, non reflective type paints. The forest greens, browns, grays, tans, and flat blacks seem to work best for me. Select the colors that best simulate your area and time of year.
After you have accomplished this mission then it is important to leave the freshly camouflaged painted product out in the bright sun for a while to get the paint smell leached from what ever you painted. The baking in the sun will also harden the paint and make it more durable to wear and tear of field use.
There is no reason to hide your field equipment from the animals if the scent will give its location away anyway. Good luck with your projects and we hope this helps a little.
Metal, Base Coat, Pattern, Final Product