White Lettering


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alohachris
February 17, 2009, 07:48 PM
Does anyone know how to highlight the letters engraved on you gun? I'm talking about the serial numbers and Mfr info. I have a black gun and want to make the letters white.

Thanks!

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sturmgewehr667
February 17, 2009, 07:58 PM
i'd suggest a steady hand and a paintbrush

Duke of Doubt
February 17, 2009, 07:59 PM
White crayon.

Hawk
February 17, 2009, 08:20 PM
There was a website years back that described an easy way of highlighting serial numbers and such. I couldn't find it when I was looking for it recently.

So, in lieu of anything worthwhile, I'll give you a free bump.

Ala Dan
February 17, 2009, 08:21 PM
I've seen white, gold, and red grease markers used on firearms in the past
too bring out the definition of alphabetic and numberical characters~! :scrutiny:

dcal
February 17, 2009, 08:24 PM
I've heard Testors model paint does a great job. The procedure as I understand it is:


thin the Testors down with some Testors thinner.
use some thin model paint brushes and try to stay in the lines
give it a little while to set up
take a rag with some CLP to clean up the mess caused by your shaky unrefined paint strokes.

Never tried it, but I saw a bunch of people on arfcom who had some pretty stellar results.

Other methods I've heard are crayons but from the pictures I saw there better results were from the Testors enamel.

ETA: An example of one guy that used the Testors method. Looks pretty good IMHO. I may have to do it to mine.
http://www.imageviper.com/displayimage/99411/0/testors7.JPG

Larry Ashcraft
February 17, 2009, 08:28 PM
Rub-n-Buff from a hobby store. Comes in a bunch of colors and is permanent, although it can be removed with naphtha.

Just rub some in with your fingertip, let it dry a bit, and buff the excess off.

AK103K
February 17, 2009, 08:38 PM
I've always used Testors when I did it.

You dont have to have a steady hand either.

Just degrease the spot well, fill the lettering to just over flowing with paint and let it dry.

Once dry, take a patch wet with WD40 or Gun Scrubber, and gently wipe at the excess. The excess paint will come off pretty easy. Once I get down close to the metal, I wrap the patch on a square or rectangular pencil eraser, and then use the "flat" and go lightly across things until the paint is level or just below the rest of the surrounding metal.

Once done, I re-clean around everything with a wet Q Tip. I dont go over the lettering or whatever ( I do the index hash marks on my guns sights too) with the Q Tip, as it will take the paint out of the cut pretty quick.

If your careful, and do it a couple of times, you can usually get it done on the first try. Sometimes a little more comes out than you want, but its easy to touch up..

Bbqznbeer
February 17, 2009, 08:39 PM
White pencil crayon and abit o' spit.
Rub it on , wipe off - repeat
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/Timberlord/Rimfire/SpringfieldStevens87M/87m11.jpg

TIMC
February 17, 2009, 08:52 PM
I used a fine tip paint pins I got from hobby lobby to do this one, it worked very well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/BeowulfARFX3.jpg?t=1234918195
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/Beowulfcompleted09pic1.jpg?t=1234918263
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/Beowulfcompleted09pic2.jpg?t=1234918310

alohachris
February 17, 2009, 11:48 PM
Thanks, Thanks! I think I'll try the testors method. One more question: how do I keep the solvent from removing the paint down in the lettering while getting it off the surface?

TIMC
February 18, 2009, 01:17 AM
Use Q-tips and paint thinner, just get them moist not soaked and lightly rub. It is a time consuming process but worth it.

SMMAssociates
February 18, 2009, 04:08 AM
I had very good results with "Liquid Paper" or one of their competitors. Just carefully blot off the "mess".

However, I'm not sure you can still get this stuff, and how it'll behave on other than a glossy finish.

Regards,

ultradoc
February 18, 2009, 09:10 AM
try white out

expvideo
February 18, 2009, 09:11 AM
Crayola!

W L Johnson
February 18, 2009, 10:19 AM
Crayola!

Just tried that and it worked great. But I wonder how well it holds up with the heat of firing?

CajunBass
February 18, 2009, 12:20 PM
Just tried that and it worked great. But I wonder how well it holds up with the heat of firing?

Who cares? It's easy and it's cheap. Clean it off and do it again if it melts.

W L Johnson
February 18, 2009, 01:19 PM
Who cares? It's easy and it's cheap. Clean it off and do it again if it melts.

Last thing I want when shooting is colored wax all over my hands. :(

rogertc1
February 18, 2009, 01:40 PM
Best suff in the world. Use mineral sperits to clean off rought surfaces...in all colors...
Much better than model paint or crayon. It is used in the machining world. I have gold, black, white and red....use white most of the time.

http://www.markal.com/productDetail82.aspx

Cannonball888
February 18, 2009, 01:57 PM
You can improvise as most others have suggested, but if you want to use the right tool for the job use Lacquer-Stik like the machinists use:



https://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51120.jpghttps://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51122.jpghttps://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51123.jpghttps://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51121.jpghttps://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51124.jpghttps://www.micro-tools.com/store/images/items/zoom/l51126.jpg


They're cheap too.

https://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=L51120

rogertc1, sorry I didn't read your post. I see you have the same thing ;)

JWF III
February 18, 2009, 04:27 PM
There are several good ideas there fellas.

I just wanted to add that Brownells sells kits for inlaying in gold and silver (not quite white, but close). I've used the silver before. Very easy and quite attractive.

Wyman

Nikdfish
February 18, 2009, 06:46 PM
Thanks, Thanks! I think I'll try the testors method. One more question: how do I keep the solvent from removing the paint down in the lettering while getting it off the surface?

Use a patch or rag tip with only a light amount of CLP or thinner & be sure to let the paint sit for 5-10 minutes before rubbing the excess away. It should take some effort - if it comes away at the first pass, then you didn't wait long enough.

http://www.skhowell.com/images/roll-marks-3.jpg http://www.skhowell.com/images/roll-marks-4.jpg

Nick

yosarian
February 18, 2009, 06:56 PM
crayola or testors

jnyork
February 18, 2009, 07:49 PM
Here you go, designed for the job: http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=7778&title=LACQUER-STIK~

Carlos Cabeza
February 18, 2009, 08:33 PM
I have used gold testors on an engraved shotgun. Using the method described above with excellent results. It takes a bit of work but is worth the time involved.

4thPointOfContact
February 18, 2009, 10:30 PM
I just finished doing up my safe-queen. Used appliance touch up paint from the local hardware store. I don't know if it's tougher, but I suspect so.

starshooter231
February 19, 2009, 02:09 AM
When I did my XD I used spraypaint. It was very simple. I just sprayed the paint into a clean coffee can then used a QTip to apply it the the gun. Gave it about 3 minutes to dry then rubbed it down with a clean cloth.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn73/jasonmbush/554700-R1-07-17A_008.jpg

colemanw
February 19, 2009, 02:23 AM
Testors Gloss White- i filled the letters above flush, let it set for an hour and carefully shaved with a single side gem razor blade (be very careful of the finish!) after a week i sprayed a little gun scrubber on a paper towel and lightly wiped off any excess :)

Built on Essex receivers with post-war Colt contract slides and post-war Colt "C in a box" barrels. The top one has Wilson internals and the other is and experiment with Fusion Firearm internals (so far I am impressed with the Fusion parts... only about 3000 rounds through that one yet)
http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp233/wrc376/DSC00177.jpg

ThrottleJockey
February 19, 2009, 02:31 AM
colemanw,
+1 nice, now you just need a pair of leftys!

colemanw
February 19, 2009, 02:33 AM
HA HA I aint that good :)

chuckusaret
March 5, 2009, 07:51 AM
Why go thru all that trouble to fill in the lettering, but if you want it to really stand out go to your local engraving shop and buy a fluorescent paint pen. The green really glows

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