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Why is the white camouflage paint used in winter referred to as "white wash"? Is it different from normal paint?


Erik1

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It's a water-based material that can be quickly mixed and applied.  True whitewash has lime and chalk, but in a combat zone, any white material that can be mixed with water and smeared on a vehicle will do.  A patchy, uneven application is best since it breaks up the vehicle's visible shape and will blend in better with patchy backgrounds.

Whitewash - Wikipedia

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some years ago in this Grate Sight there was a picture of russian AFV that was simply covered with wet newspapers, overall looked actually working solution + if snow should melt, so does the paper

downside of course is that most newspapers are glossy and in colour these days 

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On 11/13/2023 at 10:59 AM, bd1 said:

some years ago in this Grate Sight there was a picture of russian AFV that was simply covered with wet newspapers, overall looked actually working solution + if snow should melt, so does the paper

downside of course is that most newspapers are glossy and in colour these days 

Apparently there is a long history of this.
newsp-belarus.jpg

Pz IV with Newspaper camo : r/wwiipics

Proof that newspapers can be used as tank camouflage | "A Panzer IV with  improvised winter camoflauge by using newspapers." (original post in  r/GermanWW2photos ) : r/Warthunder

 

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It is in the local 1960s (1965 IIRC) camouflage manual, however gluing paper with paper or wood glue was recommended method of application. Different colored paper could be used for different seasons or environments.

Edit - also French:

paper-tank-france-2.jpg

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3 hours ago, bojan said:

It is in the local 1960s (1965 IIRC) camouflage manual, however gluing paper with paper or wood glue was recommended method of application. Different colored paper could be used for different seasons or environments.

Edit - also French:

paper-tank-france-2.jpg

On a Leclerc, in peacetime??

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