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Old December 18, 2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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Gun sight paint.

I have a couple of pistols where the white paint has flaked out of the little sight holes.

Would Testors white enamel model paint be a good choice.

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Old December 18, 2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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It is ok.
Appliance touch up enamel is good.
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Old December 18, 2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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It is ok.
Appliance touch up enamel is good.
Excellent, I didn't think about appliance white touch up paint.

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Old December 18, 2014, 06:56 PM   #4
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White nail polish.
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Old December 18, 2014, 07:21 PM   #5
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Google GLOW-ON.It stays on and glows in the dark for hours,great stuff but not cheap.
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Old December 18, 2014, 07:46 PM   #6
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Go to a beauty supply store and look at the "neon" colors fingernail polish. My wife dragged me in with her once and I made her buy me a bottle "Finger Paints" Neon Green Worked great. Cost like $2 for a lifetime supply
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Old December 18, 2014, 08:44 PM   #7
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Go to a beauty supply store and look at the "neon" colors fingernail polish. My wife dragged me in with her once and I made her buy me a bottle "Finger Paints" Neon Green Worked great. Cost like $2 for a lifetime supply
How does fingernail polish hold up over the years. A lot of gun sights the paint never needs to be replacing.
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Old December 18, 2014, 09:04 PM   #8
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How does fingernail polish hold up over the years
Haven't had to mess with it again in the ~2 years since I applied it. Its brighter and lasted longer than the "Bright Sights Gun Sight" paint kit I'd tried before which cost about $10 for a lot less paint.

The OP is talking about refilling the "sight holes" which protects the paint. I also use Testor's flat black enamel "hobby paint" to kill the white dots on rear sights. I've also not had to mess with it afterwards. I want a flat black rear as the front sight is where your focus needs to be. But my days of using iron sights without my "reading glasses" are behind me
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Old December 18, 2014, 09:23 PM   #9
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I refilled my 3 dot sights with Krylon white paint. Sprayed somein a plastic lid and applied with a tooth pick. That was 3 years ago.

The tooth pick works well. You can pick up very small drops.
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Old December 19, 2014, 01:33 AM   #10
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I used appliance white paint and it worked very well.

The Canik I ordered had really crappy painted sights.

Here's how they look now.
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Old December 19, 2014, 01:45 AM   #11
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Degrease the sight first with acetone.
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Old December 19, 2014, 02:14 AM   #12
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+1 ^^ prep the area first (I just used a alcohol prep pad). Used white nail polish on one pistol 3 years ago, and another 5 years ago. Holds up quite nicely.

My first try though, I didn't clean the sight - so the nail polish did not last long at all.
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Old December 19, 2014, 12:24 PM   #13
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I have used Testor's enamel paint, along with a toothpick, to get paint in those dots, as well as touching up the red "FIRE" dots on some semi-auto pistols. I also apply some kind of clear coat (usually some sort of nail polish), to seal the paint.
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Old December 19, 2014, 12:40 PM   #14
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Generally I don't like the dots so I don't do it often (far more frequently I'm using black paint to cover them), but on the few guns I've had to touch them up I've used white enamel nail polish. Dab it in with a toothpick and you're good to go.
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Old December 19, 2014, 04:16 PM   #15
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Degrease the sight first with acetone.
I put non-chlorinated brake cleaner on a paper towel first to remove any oils.
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Old December 19, 2014, 04:18 PM   #16
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I actually found that a sewing needle does a better job of dabbing in the paint better than a toothpick.
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Old December 19, 2014, 04:23 PM   #17
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I use white-out. It's held up for a surprisingly long time and is a matte finish.
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Old December 19, 2014, 04:36 PM   #18
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Another suggestion that I've tried is a paint from the fishing dept. for painting lead headed jigs. Only used it for about 6 months now but so far looks good and holds up well. As others mentioned, de-grease the sight first with alcohol or a good paint thinner.
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Old December 20, 2014, 01:23 PM   #19
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I've found a frosted red nail polish works good. Gathers light, contrasts with almost any target.
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Old December 20, 2014, 06:21 PM   #20
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I've had nail polish on my front sight for about 3 years now. Still there. Cost me $1
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Old December 20, 2014, 06:32 PM   #21
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White base coat, bright green top coat works best fer me. Glasses would do more to help than anything else per my doctor, ophthalmologist, wife, fellow shooters, lady at the department of motor vehicles, and range officers.
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Old December 20, 2014, 06:59 PM   #22
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I've found that nail polish followed by a coat of nail clear hardener will last a long time.
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Old Yesterday, 05:09 PM   #23
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I degrease with CARB cleaner, coat of white and then a coat of day-glo orange for the front site. Lobster fisherman friend donates a small bit of day-glo orange buoy paint and that does the trick. I have used a small wire or bent paper clip to apply the paint. The rest (rear) is blacked out with flat black enamel.
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Old Yesterday, 06:50 PM   #24
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Appliance touch up enamel is good.


Genius. I'd never thought of using that.
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Old Yesterday, 07:16 PM   #25
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I put Dollar Tree neon orange nail polish on several guns a few years ago. I use them often. I have not had to touch them up.
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