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Highlighting the numbers on a Garand rear sight

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by pyrolater, Dec 8, 2006.

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  1. pyrolater

    pyrolater Member

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    I have some sights on a Garand I need to highlight, if that’s the right word. I read about someone using a white grease pencil ( China White Marker) to make the numbers standout so you can read them. I do not have a marker at this time to try and use.

    Has anyone tried the China white marker or have another idea?

    I tried using a permanent white paint marker but that turned out to be a bad idea. Well, good idea but bad results.
     
  2. Waywatcher

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    On my SKS the sight is brushed finished, leaving the numbers blued. Easy to see.
     
  3. 30Cal

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    I've used white fingernail polish on the index marks on the base and receiver--takes about 5 tries to get it on right though...
     
  4. drsteve

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    For what it is worth; this is how I do it:

    Before you start, make sure you clean the area thoroughly with acetone to remove any dirt, oil or grease. Lightly rub the lines and numbers with a sharpened white china grease marker, filling the indentations until they appear level. With a lightly moistened Q-tip or paper towel, gently wipe the lines and numbers with acetone to remove the excess marker. Use a dry paper towel to remove any acetone and to polish the filled areas level. I usually let the metal dry for several days in my safe before applying a light coat of gun oil or gun preservative.

    The nice thing about using a grease pencil is it can be touched up or removed easily.;)
     
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