Reelfoot Custom Camo Company has done it again!!!

In teaming up with Realtree Camo we can now provide manufacturers of sport and hunting equipment the ability to apply Realtree Camo through commercial stencil application.

For licensing information on commercial applications, please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you in applying for Realtree Camo licensing.





Realtree Max 4 Stencils


Retail stencils are for Consumer Use Only and may not be used in any custom painting service. Anyone found using retail stencils for anything other than consumer home projects will be subject to criminal prosecution under all federal, state and local Copyright/Trademark Laws. Licensing is available for those businesses wishing to acquire the rights to apply Mossy Oak Camo as a custom service.


To achieve best results, base coat or surface area should be one of the two colors:


1.             Tan/Khaki

2.             OD Green


***Painting Techniques and Tips***



Do not allow your wrist to sweep back and forth.  Paint must be shot straight into the stencil for best results.  Sweeping the wrist will cause excessive over-spray and may force paint under the edges of the stencil.  For best results, paint should be lightly applied enough to reproduce the detail in each stencil.   Do not apply paint so heavily that paint runs.



Over spraying a stencil can cause straight lines to appear as a result of the stencil border/edge being painted.  These can be covered by shadowing with the Black paint using light sweeps at any stage of the process.


  Overlap Stencil Border/Edge

When moving a stencil to continue a pattern, overlap the border/edge.  Look through the last opening in the stencil in order to visually align where the next stencil will be sprayed.



Drying time will vary depending upon the surface being painted, weather conditions, and the amount of paint applied.  Each layer should dry to the touch within 30 minutes of application, but should only be handled after 2 hours.  Refer to details on the back of each paint can for additional information.



All stencils are made to align top to bottom and end to end.  To determine the top and bottom of the stencil, all stencils have the copyright cut at the bottom right corner of the stencil. 


  Stencils can be held in place using painters tape, electrical tap, or magnets on a metal surface.


  Each can of Krylon paint if used will cover approximately 20 sq. ft. on a primed, solid surface depending on wind conditions and how heavily paint is applied.


  Read this insert and all instructions and warnings, including the preparation and painting information on the back of each paint can, before beginning your stencil-painting project.


  Remember to always paint in a well-ventilated area and follow all paint manufacturers instructions.



If using a paint gun, air pressure should be high enough that it will press the stencil in place while paint is applied.  When using an air gun assembly, the pressure will usually be around 35 - 40 psi.  Turn the air pressure up or down as needed.


Preparing the Surface

Start with a clean surface that has been prepared for good paint adherence.  For example: light sanding and/or the application of a primer coat.  Refer to the directions on the back of the Krylon paint cans.


Step #1:  Dark Brown and Khaki shading Base Coat

If using Krylon paint color: Sand Dune #8148, Dark Brown #8142, & Black #8140


1.  Using Sand Dune, apply a base coat to your surface.  If you are painting an OD green boat, allow some of the OD green to bleed through the Sand Dune.  This will add to the overall shadowing effect.

2.  Add horizontal Black shadows every 2-3 feet.  Shadows should be approximately 1-2 feet in length and 34 inches in height.   

3.  Once your base coat and Black shadows have been applied, apply mostly horizontal Dark Brown shadows using varied intensity.  Coverage should allow areas of Sand Dune, Black, and OD Green to bleed through.  The Dark Brown should cover the majority of the project.

4.  Additional Sand Dune and Black may be lightly added after painting the Dark Brown.


*Any Max-4 color photo or cloth material may be referenced for basecoat and shadowing.


Step #2:  BASE STENCIL (twigs and limbs)

If using Krylon Med. Brown #8147 & Black #8140


1.  Secure the Base stencil horizontally (See Fig. 1) on the object you are painting. 

2.  Paint all cattail tips and leaves with Med. Brown, keeping 10-12 from the surface and keeping your wrist steady.  To  achieve best results, apply in thin layers and refer to the Painting & Preparation instructions on the back of paint can.  This stencil will be painted flat black with the exception of any leaves or cattail tips. Those areas will be painted with a medium brown. This stencil is designed to fit side by side with each application without overlapping the pattern. The same is true when painting top to bottom. Position the stencil each time so as to continue the last pass you painted.  The pattern will never overlap.

Paint the entire project with this stencil before applying the grass stencil.


Step #3:  Grass Stencil

If using Krylon Sand Dune #8148 & Med. Brown #8147


1.  Secure the Grass stencil horizontally (See Fig. 2) on the object you are painting. 

2.  At the same starting point as the base stencil, apply the grass stencil using Sand Dune.  DO NOT MOVE YOUR STENCIL 

3.  Use the Med. Brown to add light highlights in the grass.  Do this randomly over the entire stencil.  Highlights should be light, almost over spray in appearance.  Be careful not to move the stencil during this step to avoid ghosting or bumping of the pattern.


Step #4:  Leaf Stencil

If using Krylon Sand Dune #8148 & Med. Brown #8147

**Practice this technique prior to attempting to paint the final product.


1.  Secure the Leaf stencil horizontally (See Fig. 3) on the object you are painting.  Be sure that this stencil does not move during application.

2.  Apply the Sand Dune as a base coat over the entire stencil. 


3.  Using the Med. Brown, quickly spray the center of each leaf with a single pass to create an over-spray affect.  Leaves should have a three dimensional look. 


Finished Surface:


DO NOT WIPE OFF excess over spray between stencil layers.  After the paint has dried, use a tack free cloth to wipe off any excess over spray.  This will brighten the overall appearance of the finished job.  Remember you can always add shadows at the end but it is almost impossible to remove paint after it has been applied.  The excess over spray will act as a buffer while shadowing in case you apply the black a little too heavily.


Stencil Clean up:


The stencils are cleaned with any common paint thinners and are even acetone safe.  Use a soft 2-3 paint brush to assist in removing the paint while it is in the thinner.  Stencils may be left to soak overnight without harm. Be sure to follow all paint manufacturers warnings/instructions when using paint and associated cleaners, thinners and solvents.


While you are painting it may be necessary to clean the stencil being used.  Once a stencil becomes heavy due to paint build-up or paint begins to run on the stencil it is time to clean the stencil.  Stencils will be ready to use after a few minutes of cleaning and air-drying.



Congratulations!  You have just applied the Advantage Max-4 pattern to your favorite hunting equipment.  The camouflage should appear similar to any clothing or material you may already own.  Additional photos and technical assistance can be found at 

Remember to always paint in a well-ventilated area and

follow all paint manufacturers instructions.

Note:  These instructions serve as a basic guideline from which to begin the application of our camouflage patterns to your favorite hunting equipment.  Reelfoot Custom Camo Co. implies no warranties or guarantees as to the application of our stencils, nor any liability as to the method of application or materials used.


  2005 Reelfoot Custom Camo, Co.


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