Painted the sights on my LCP - take a look.


December 9, 2008, 10:45 AM
Painted the sights on my LCP - take a look.

I found that the front sight was so low that I was tipping the front of the gun upward so I could see it, and thus my bullets were all hitting center, but high.

So, I took some Testors model paint and put a dab on the backward slope of the front sight and then two dabs on the rear sight.

I, not meaning too, put a few more dabs on the rear sight and the paint filled in the concave area in a fashion that pleased me.

I'm going back to the range when I post this thread to see how she does.

Here are some pics:

Tipped up so you can better see the paint on the front sight

Angling back down, approaching the sight picture.

So you can see how easy it should be to align the sights looking down range.


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December 9, 2008, 10:49 AM
no too is the model paint with wear and tear?

December 9, 2008, 11:07 AM
As far as wear and tear, its too soon to tell - I, just a moment ago, painted it.

But the Testors is oil-based so I figured it would last longer than water based. Only time will tell.

I also bought some Flourescent Orange water based (Testors didn't have any) and may apply that later.

I put on the white first, because I would have had to anyway to use the Fluorescent Orange. I'll try the white by itself for a while.

With all the hype about a green laser being easier to see than a red one, I may even go back and buy to Fluorescent Green paint.


December 9, 2008, 11:08 AM
seems to me like the orange would be better then green...maybe not...good work though

December 9, 2008, 11:20 AM
Oh, yeah, I used the blunt end of a tooth pick to apply the paint.


December 9, 2008, 11:24 AM
oil based model paint is generally incredibly crappy at staying on things, especially nice shiny things, and especially if you didnt sand before painting. I have tried painting a million things with it over the years.

I suggest masking off the gun and spraying some clear-coat over the paint, itll do wonders for keeping it on.

December 10, 2008, 11:24 AM
Red front site with green rear would also be good.

I have also used glow in the dark stickers glued on with superglue. You used to be able to get them at but they went out of business.

December 10, 2008, 12:04 PM

Are you speaking of the product called Nitesiters?


December 10, 2008, 12:54 PM
i bought some of the nitesighters "dots". they work pretty good, but they have two problems. 1 is they come off when you clean the gun, any lube or solvent peals them off. and 2 is they really never get much daylight being in my pocket, so they really dont work well at night. if it was outside, where it could get some light, they may work better. still, for daytime shooting, it makes it much easier to aim, becasue you have some decent reference points instead of the " wlets into one solid mass" veiw of the oem "sights". the only problem i see with the paint you applied is it just changes the color from black to white. it still ends up being the same "melts together into one soild blob" sight picture. it is unfortunate that these little pistols do not have better sights.

December 10, 2008, 01:36 PM
From experience, Testors paint doesn't hold up too well unless you seal it. If you put sealant on it, it holds up okay. I recommend a different color for the front sight than the rear one. It helps with target acquisition.

December 10, 2008, 01:52 PM
I did something similar on my CZ RAMI and Taurus 24/7, except I used glow in the dark paint, and it appears to work rather well. It's supposed to be high quality so it's a bit pricey, but I found some other uses for it around the house: gun safe buttons, light switches, garage door opener buttons, flashlights, and I'm still finding uses. I applied the same way the OP, with a toothpick. Seems to charge up pretty quickly and looks great in the dark. I haven't tested how long it stays visible and I've only had one cleaning since applying, so no idea on durability. I like it, especially on the flashlight for the night stand. We get plenty of daylight in the bedroom to make that flashlight visible for quite some time after sun down.

December 10, 2008, 03:00 PM
No one else sees the irony of using paint designed for plastic reproductions on an LCP? :)

December 10, 2008, 03:52 PM
Lol sn

December 10, 2008, 07:47 PM
I have the same paint job except I raided my wife's fingernail polish stash. Bright white on the front sight and a bright orange on the rear. It was just an experiment and this was quick and very cheap. Just used the brush in the bottle to paint the sights.

The polish seems to hold up under Hoppe's 9 and G96 oil. It's been through about 4 cleanings in the last month or six weeks. I know fingernail polish remover will take it off in a flash but I don't know what acetone would do to the gun. I can flake it off if I scrape it with my fingernail but I had to work at it. So, all in all, this is satisfactory for current use.

It helps but the sights still leave a lot to be desired. It is a blowback pocket pistol too; so I guess you can't expect much in the way of sights.

December 11, 2008, 04:44 PM
I used Testor's Glow in the dark paint on my CZ52. It has worn well as I carry it for hours a week around the house. The paint job is about 9 months old and looks the same as the day I painted them. I used the glow paint on the front and flourescent orange on the rear. In the light the front sight is a pale green and in the dark they will glow for about 15 min. with a short charge from my LED flashlight. Sorry about the fuzzy pic. Yours look very good BTW.

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