How to Camouflage an ATV Step-by-Step

by Steven French

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are useful when hunting or traveling in areas where the terrain is too muddy or rocky for cars and other vehicles. When hunting, it is preferable that your clothing and equipment be camouflaged so you stay hidden. You can camouflage your ATV using a camouflage wrap kit (also called a camo wrap kit) that uses vinyl wraps with printed camouflage patterns. The camouflage wrap kits are also a way to decorate your ATV and make it distinctive.

Items you will need

  • Camouflage wrap kit
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Automotive cleaner
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Utility knife
  • Squeegee
  • Preparation cleaner
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Step 1

Clean the ATV with automotive cleaner and water. Wipe the surfaces with a sponge to remove any dirt and debris. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Step 2

Use a screwdriver or wrench (depending on the model) to remove any racks and other hardware that covers the area you plan to wrap. Set the hardware aside, and note its location for re-assembly later.

Step 3

Wipe all the surfaces you plan to wrap with a rag and the preparation cleaner that came with the kit.

Step 4

Place a piece of camouflage wrap at the bottom of the front fender, and align it so it overlaps both sides of the fender. Pull it away from the fender and remove the backing, and carefully place it back against the fender. Slide the squeegee from the center outward to smooth any air pockets or bumps.

Step 5

Cut a small slot in any areas that are wrinkled with the utility knife so the two sides of the cut can slightly overlap and lie flat. Cut the edges of the wrap so they slightly overlap the edges of the fender or other gaps. Use the squeegee to lay them flat.

Step 6

Place another piece of camo wrap above the first piece so that it slightly overlaps while extending onto the upper section of the ATV fender. This overlap prevents water and other materials from getting under the vinyl. Camo at a higher position on the ATV should always slightly overlap camo that it is at a lower level. Remove the piece once you have decided on its location, remove the backing, and carefully place it against the surface. Use the same technique to cut and smooth the wrap.

Step 7

Cover the rest of the ATV with camo wrap using the same technique. Start from the bottom and work your way up so higher pieces always slightly overlap lower pieces.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a pattern and color scheme that matches the environment you frequent most for the most effective camouflage.

Photo Credits

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