To make your vehicle a truly individual and unique battle machine, you can customize its exterior. Update 9.21 introduces the new customization mechanics. To customize the whole vehicle or just some parts, use one of the customization methods:

  • Preset styles are a pre-made set of customization elements for all map types. You can customize your vehicle in just one click.
  • Custom styles are a collection of different elements, which you can apply to your vehicle in various combinations. Choosing and combining elements on your own allows you to create a unique vehicle design for each map type

Preset Styles

Preset styles are a pre-made set of customization elements for all map types. Each preset style can include paints, camouflage, inscriptions, emblems and visual effects. 

There are three types of preset styles:

  • Rental styles. Styles that can be rented for any vehicle for a number of battles using credits.
  • Main styles. Permanent styles for some vehicle tiers, available for gold for an unlimited number of battles.
  • Special styles. Styles that can be received as a gift in special events, or earned in missions and some battle types, like Ranked battles.

Apart from the balanced design for all map types, preset styles with camouflage on the hull also provide a concealment bonus. Preset styles are applied to the whole vehicle and cannot be edited.

How to Apply

To apply a preset style to your vehicle:

  1. In your Garage, click Exterior. In the lower part of the screen, the exterior customization panel is displayed.
  2. Go to the PRESET STYLES tab on the customization panel.
  3. Select a style—it is automatically applied to your vehicle. To see the exterior design for other map types, switch between them on the left side of the screen.
    While applying a Rental style, you can turn on automatic rent extension—click  (Extend Rental Period) in the radial menu in the center of the screen.
  4. To rent or buy the selected style, click Go to Purchase in the upper-right corner of the customization panel. In the screen with the elements for purchase, click Purchase and Exit.
To undo all changes and cancel the purchase, click Cancel in the window above the Go to Purchase button. If you change your mind and decide not to buy one or more customization elements, clear the corresponding checkbox in the screen with the elements for purchase.

How to Remove

To remove a preset style from your vehicle:

  1. In your Garage, click Exterior.
  2. Go to the PRESET STYLES tab.
  3. Click the vehicle, then click  (Remove Style) in the radial menu displayed.
  4. Click Apply and Exit in the upper-right corner of the customization panel.

The removed styles are preserved and can be reapplied to the same vehicle or to any other for which this style is available. You can also sell permanent styles purchased using credits: right-click the style and select Sell.

Rental styles can be removed and reapplied to the same vehicle until the end of the rental period. However, they can’t be sold.

Custom Style

Custom styles are a range of customization elements that you can apply to your vehicle in various combinations.

The following elements are available for creating a custom style:

Paints

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.

Camouflages

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.
Decals

Large images that spread over several vehicle parts. You can scale, flip the image horizontally, and shift its position on some vehicles. Depending on the vehicle model, there are from two to four slots available for decals. Note: the number of decals applied simultaneously on a vehicle is limited to two.

Emblems

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.

Inscriptions

Another decorative element. Depending on the vehicle model, you can apply one or two inscriptions to it.

Effects

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.

How to apply

To apply a custom style element to your vehicle:

  1. In your Garage, click Exterior. In the lower part of the screen, the exterior customization panel is displayed.
  2. Go to the CUSTOM STYLES tab on the customization panel.
  3. In the left part of the screen, select a map type for which you want to customize your vehicle.
  4. In the customization panel, click the paint, camouflage, or any other element. The element’s icon is displayed to the right of the cursor .
  5. 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.

  • Paints
  • Camouflages
  • Decals
  • Emblems
  • Inscriptions
  • Effects
Paints

Paint the whole vehicle for the selected map type.

Remove paint from the vehicle part.

Camouflages

Change the camouflage color palette. Some camouflages in the game have three color schemes available.

Scale the camouflage pattern. There are three sizes available: x1 (small), x2 (medium), and x3 (large). By default, all camouflages are applied in medium size.

Apply the camouflage to the whole vehicle for the selected map type.

Remove the camouflage from the vehicle part.

Decals

Flip the decal horizontally.

Shift the decal position on the vehicle part. This setting is available only on certain vehicles.

Scale the decal. There are three sizes available: x1 (small), x2 (medium), and x3 (large). By default, all decals are applied in large size.

Remove the decal.

Emblems

Apply the emblem for all map types.

Remove the emblem.

Inscriptions

Apply the inscription for all map types.

Remove the inscription.

Effects

Apply the effect for all map types.

Remove the effect from the vehicle.

To exit the radial menu, click (Close Menu). Note: if any customization settings were applied, they are not cancelled upon exiting the menu.

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  6. To buy the applied customization, click Go to Purchase in the upper-right corner of the customization panel. In the screen with the elements for purchase, сlick Purchase and Exit.
To undo all changes and cancel the purchase, click Cancel in the window above the Go to Purchase button. If you change your mind and decide not to buy one or more customization elements, clear the corresponding checkbox in the screen with the elements for purchase.

To view the current list of applied customization elements for the selected map type, click  to the left of the Go to Purchase button.

Customization elements can be purchased without applying them to the vehicle:

  1. Right-click the element and select Add to cart.
  2. In the Purchase Confirmation window, set the necessary number of elements and click Purchase.

To view only the elements you have in stock, use a special filter: click (In Depot) on the left side of the customization panel.

How to Remove

To remove a custom style element from your vehicle:

  1. In your Garage, click Exterior.
  2. Go to the CUSTOM STYLES tab.
  3. Select the map type and the type of customization you want to remove.
  4. The vehicle parts with the selected customization applied are marked with a special icon . Click the part you want to clear.
  5. In the radial menu displayed, click the Remove button—for example, Remove From Turret or Remove Emblem.
    To remove uniform painting or camouflage, click Remove from Vehicle. To remove emblems, inscriptions, and visual effects applied for all map types, click Remove for All Map Types.
  6. Click Apply and exit in the upper-right corner of the customization panel.
To remove all customization and restore the basic exterior for the selected map type, click to the left of the Go to Purchase button, then click Remove all in the window displayed.

The removed element is preserved and can be reapplied to the same vehicle or on any other for which this element is available. You can also sell elements: right-click the element and select Sell.

Historical Accuracy

All customization elements in the game can be historical or non-historical, the latter are marked with a icon. How does it affect the game?

By default, all vehicles are displayed only with a historical or basic exterior. The display of non-historical designs can be turned on in the game settings.

To turn on the display of non-historical exteriors:

  1. In your Garage, press Esc and select Settings.
  2. In the General tab, clear the Hide non-historical elements checkbox, then click OK.

After you turn on the display of non-historical exteriors, you will see all customization styles on the battlefield.

Be aware of these settings when creating a custom style. If there is even one non-historical element in your vehicle customization, the whole exterior is considered non-historical and will not be displayed for other players with default settings.

Pay attention to the  button in the upper-right corner of the customization panel. Once you apply a non-historical element, a special icon is displayed.  If you want all players to see your vehicle’s custom style, click   and remove all non-historical elements from the list. If necessary, pick alternative options among the historical elements.

Main styles, paints, and effects are available for Tier VI, VIII, IX, and X researchable vehicles, as well as for Tier VI and VIII Premium vehicles. Decals are available for Tier X researchable vehicles and Tier VIII Premium vehicles.
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