Every nation has a range of paints available for vehicle decoration. Paints can be applied to five vehicle parts—the hull, turret, suspension, gun and gun mantlet. It takes one paint bucket to paint one part. So, you need a maximum of five buckets to paint the whole vehicle for a map type.
This exterior customization is functional and can enhance your vehicle’s concealment. You can apply three types camouflages that change automatically depending on the map you are playing on.
Camouflage can be applied separately to the hull, turret and gun. This allows you to combine camouflages. Apart from different combinations, you can also edit the scale and, in some cases, the color palette for each camouflaged vehicle part.
To get a concealment bonus, you have to apply camouflage to the hull. If you camouflage only the turret and the gun, your vehicle’s visibility is not affected.
Large images that spread over several vehicle parts. You can scale and flip the image horizontally. The number of available slots for decals on the vehicle depends on their aspect ratio. Note: the number of decals applied simultaneously on a vehicle is limited to three.
Vehicles can be decorated with emblems instead of standard flags and signs, like red Soviet stars or German crosses. Depending on the vehicle model, you can apply one or two emblems to it.
A decorative element represented by a short text or number. Textual inscriptions are non-editable and can be either specific to a certain vehicle nation or applicable to any vehicle in the game. As an option, you can decorate your vehicle with a tactical number—an editable digit combination with a range of fonts available. Depending on the vehicle model, you can apply one or two inscriptions to its turret or hull.
With effects, you can give your vehicle a battle-hardened look or make it shine like a brand new combat machine, fresh from the garage. Effects allow you to add wear or gloss to the paints and camouflages applied to your vehicle.
All exterior customizations are layered on each other in the same order as they are presented in the customization panel. For example, if you apply camouflage after painting your vehicle, the camouflage will cover the paint.
Progressive elements are customization elements for a vehicle that are earned for fulfilling certain battle conditions in this vehicle, such as earning mastery badges.
Each progressive element has levels that can be reached after fulfilling conditions of increasing difficulty. The element's appearance changes with each level. Upon receiving a progressive element, you get one instance of it for free. To use this element for different map types or multiple slots, you will need to purchase additional instances of this element. You can apply a progressive element of any achieved level to your vehicles. Once acquired, progressive elements can be used for most preset styles.
To learn about progressive elements and the levels you have unlocked, go to the Progressive elements tab in the left part of the screen.
How to apply
To apply a custom style element to your vehicle:
- In your Garage, click Exterior. In the lower part of the screen, the exterior customization panel is displayed.
- Go to the CUSTOM STYLES tab on the customization panel.
- In the left part of the screen, select a map type for which you want to customize your vehicle.
- In the customization panel, click the paint, camouflage, or any other element. The element’s icon is displayed to the right of the cursor .
To select elements of a particular group or aspect ratio (for decals), use the filter on the left side of the customization panel.
- Click all the vehicle parts you want to customize with this element.
To speed up, click Paint Whole Vehicle for paints and camouflages, or Apply for All Types of Maps for emblems, inscriptions, and styles in the window to the right of the vehicle.