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Reelfoot Custom Camo Company continues to lead the industry in camo stencil applications!!!  We have teamed up with Realtree® to once again provide manufacturers with the ability to offer another great camo for their products!

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



Realtree Hardwoods® 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 masking tape, electrical tap, or magnets on a metal surface.


  Each can of Krylon® paint 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:  Limbs and Tree Stencil (Flat Black)


Use Krylon Flat Black #8140


1.  Secure the Limbs & Tree stencil (See Fig. 1) flat against the object you are painting.  This stencil should not be filled in completely.  The over spray should lightly shade some areas to create depth and variety.  Do not overlap this stencil as you move the pattern.  Simply allow the edges of the cut pattern to touch each time in order to apply each section.

2.  Apply the Black paint to outline the cut edges of the larger limbs in the stencil.  Allow the over spray to lightly shade the center of each of the larger limbs.

3.  Apply the Black paint to only one side of each of the smaller limbs.  The small twigs will be completely painted.

4.  Vary your application by lightly fogging some of the smaller limbs to add depth to the finished project.


Step #2:  Twigs and Leaf

Use Krylon Flat Black #8140, Med. Brown #8147 & Sand Dune #8148


  1. Secure the Twigs & Leaf stencil (See Fig. 2) flat against the object you are painting in the same location as the first stencil.
  2. Apply the Black paint to the limbs and the twigs.  Do not paint the leaves Black.
  3. Carefully apply Med. Brown to the leaves using short bursts with the spray can 2-3” from the stencil.
  4. Apply the Sand Dune lightly across one side of the leaves and twigs to highlight these portions and give the illusion of depth and sunlight.


Note: If you wish to create Realtree® Hardwoods Green, simply paint the leaves green.


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 Realtree Hardwoods© 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 www.reelfootcustomcamo.com.  Other additional images can be found at www.styx-river.com.


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.