Looking for opinions from the RYO guys on which method of camo you prefer, or would suggest, for a Safariland holster. This holster will be used on an upcoming deployment. Holster is a 6004 light bearing model in tri-color desert. I am going to either paint or cover it in a MC pattern.

If I were to cover it, what adhesive would be best suited to the environment given high temperature and hard use? I know that no solution is permanent, but would like your opinions and ideas of which would be the "best" option for my intended purpose. Thanks.

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The 3m aerosol adhesive should work ok, though I would consider a thin layer of shoe goo near the edges for durability. I would also make sure and sear the edges of the material after cutting to prevent fraying. Out of curiosity, has anyone tried this with a kydex holster? If so, do you simply cover the rivets or stamp them through the material?
The only reservation I'd have about paint, and this is a very minor bitch, is the fact that cordura can be had in non IR reflective materials quite readily. I've only seen a few sets of NVG's in bad guy land, but if it's a coin toss between the two, that's a possible, slight edge that wrapping vs painting may offer.
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Originally posted by cross:
The 3m aerosol adhesive should work ok, though I would consider a thin layer of shoe goo near the edges for durability. I would also make sure and sear the edges of the material after cutting to prevent fraying. Out of curiosity, has anyone tried this with a kydex holster? If so, do you simply cover the rivets or stamp them through the material?


I wrapped my RCS in OD cordura, for the eyelets where the hardware is attached I just used an exacto knife afterwards to cut holes for the screws. I just left the other unused eyelets covered.

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Originally posted by cross:
The 3m aerosol adhesive should work ok, though I would consider a thin layer of shoe goo near the edges for durability. I would also make sure and sear the edges of the material after cutting to prevent fraying. Out of curiosity, has anyone tried this with a kydex holster? If so, do you simply cover the rivets or stamp them through the material?

I've used the 3m adhesive and it's held up well to western WA weather (I'm LE not mil so no deployments to hotter climates).

I have done this to a couple of kydex knife sheaths. I just covered the rivet holes, then if I need access to the hole for mounting I cut a hole in the material.

 

 

 

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I would just Krylon it. You can always touch it up or change colors.

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How does Krylon affect the elastic?

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Originally posted by cross:
The only reservation I'd have about paint, and this is a very minor bitch, is the fact that cordura can be had in non IR reflective materials quite readily. I've only seen a few sets of NVG's in bad guy land, but if it's a coin toss between the two, that's a possible, slight edge that wrapping vs painting may offer.


A good friend of mine created this paint. It's low IR reflective and removable with a release agent and water. Comes in several camo colors. Not affiliated with the company, just know and trust this old engineer.

http://www.enventiv.com/envisible.html

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I know this is a bit of a necro, but I've got 5 yards of 1000d multicam on the way from Duro and a few holsters to work with.  I was wondering what kind of adhesive people have had good luck with and any tips to make it work.

 

Thanks in advance.

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I use the some 3m spray on adhesive I got from the hardware store. It's held up well for me here in western Washington. Make sure the holster is clean and dry before spraying. Roughing up the surface of the holster helps it stick too. I always make sure the piece of material I'm attaching to the holster is larger than needed, then I trim it down once the adhesive dries. Better it be too big than too small.

 

 

 

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I've done a couple with epoxy that have turned out quite well. I strip down the body and spray all of the screws and hood (usually FDE or something, maybe FDE/OD if I'm not lazy). I rough up the body with what might as well be boulders glued to a sheet of paper and wipe it down with alcohol. Slather on epoxy as I go and carefully wrap it up with a rough cut piece of material. Once everything dries I make holes for the screws and trim the edges with a REAL FUCKING HOT box knife - usually heated with a propane torch.

 

I've used a fuck ton of the 3M adhesive spray on all sorts of shit and have always been left far less than impressed. The only time it has ever worked well on was when a drunken roommate crawled up to me, sprayed my knee and stuck the fucking cap to it. Having watched it fail miserably at sticking to everything else, I just left it and continued on with whatever I was doing. Motherfucker was stuck real solid.

 

When it won't stick felt onto low density fiberboard any better than rubber cement, I'd say its pretty worthless - and the over spray gets all over everything.

 

I think the last one I did was with the dual tube self mixing type. IIRC I just dropped a line down the body and smeared it around with the fabric to get started. I'd then run a line and use the fabric working from the center out to spread it, adding more epoxy as needed.

 

IIRC I also made the holes for the screws via careful work with a heated hobby knife. You can be pretty sloppy with the holes since they are going to be covered by screws anyway.

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500d would have probably been easier to work into the nooks and crannies.

 

I bartacked some multicam printed 1" webbing onto a piece of 500d for another LFer, for one 1" loop at the top, and two rows of 3 columns below it, for attaching a magazine or multitool pouch to the front and whatever on the sides, but haven't heard back about his results.

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I have thought about doing this too.  I think you could glue the Multicam on as mentioned or even make a "cover" with binded/sewn edges. Leave enough extra material on each side to wrap completely around the back. Mark for the three hole T-pattern and trim off the excess. Attach the belt loop or QLS fork through the three holes and then there is no way the material could come loose.  What do you think?

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Multicam showed up today. I am going to take the material to my alterations lady and see what she can do with cutting a pattern and blinding the edges.  If she can do that, I'll scuff it up with sandpaper, get out the adhesive and start trying it out.

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You don't really need to bother the alterations lady. Just wrap your fabric around the body of the dissassembled holster and make a cut or two anywhere there is a loose spot in the fabric. Then glue as needed and call it good. One thing I do that others may not is to punch the three hole pattern first then put the that end between the two plastic layers. You then wrap the holster normally. When you reassemble it, It really anchors the cloth.

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