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Overwraps
By Bill Mills - Apr 2006

Scenario and woods players often are looking for better ways to stay hidden.  Overwraps camouflage system provides an easy way to get a detailed camouflage pattern onto a paintgun or almost any other piece of gear.

Originally designed as a user-applied vehicle camouflage, Overwraps work like a giant sticker, or wallpaper.  With a matte finish, the Overwraps material is available in a choice of eleven standard patterns.  Most of these patterns are well known in the hunting world, with shadow and complex detail.

Samples used for review were in Advantage Wetlands pattern.  Itís tall dried grasses looking a bit similar to the dried fronds of a central Florida saw palmetto.

The test paintgun was one built for paintball snipers, a Tippmann Model 98 with Flatline barrel, and a Psychoballistics enclosed cocking system.

Covering the 98 was about a fifteen minute task.  The thickness of the Overwraps material meant that a utility knife and cutting board came in handy.  Utility shears cut the material well, but compressed it, making the edges difficult to peel from their backing material.

Trimming general shapes to approximate the surfaces of the paintgun, and its hopper, the material was then peeled away from its backing, and pressed into place.  Trimming of the edges was performed with the utility shears, and feathering cuts made into sections of the material allowed strips to overlap, to follow curves of the paintgun.

Final trimming of the edges kept things tidy, followed by careful pressing and smoothing of the material, so that its adhesive bonded fully to the paintgun and loader.

The upon completion, the 98 was fully camouflaged ready to crawl through the brush.  The Overwraps material proved durable, and did not easily scratch or peel away, yet after a few weeks, a test section was removed without lifting the paint from underneath or leaving residue.

Overwraps offer a simple way to place complex camouflage patterns on even large areas without the need for advanced painting skills.
 
 


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