Painting my front sight.

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  1. Eleven Mike

    Eleven Mike Member

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    I have a blued Mod. 10, with a serrated front sight blade. Before I got ahold of this gun, someone put a lot of white stuff on it. I am thinking of painting it orange. Can anyone suggest what to use?


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  2. CraigJS

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    Check Brownell's or Midway online, I believe one or the other sells paint for your purpose.. Others I've heard just go to a craft store for some type of high vis paint.
     
  3. HRT

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    Degrease the front sight well. Lay down a nice even coat of a flat white model paint. On top of the white add whatever other color you like. I have personally found flourescent green works best for me. I don't shoot at any targets that have green X rings. Some do have red or orange x rings and i tend to loose an orange sight in them. But a good white base coat will make the stripe coat work better.
     
  4. Brian Williams

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    Construction marker orange, goes on quick, dries quick, can be removed easy, real bright and not shiny but flat.
     
  5. Janitor

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    I use a bright pink paint that comes packaged as a felt tip marker. Won't come off w/o carburator cleaner.

    pink.jpg

    Lots of folks around here have used nail polish. Seems to work well and comes in some _very_ bright colors.

    /j
     
  6. bean357

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    Janitor,
    Any idea where one might find that paint marker you use? Brand name?
    I've had trouble with some other products coming off when cleaning, so your recommendation sounds interesting.
    Thanks!
     
  7. Janitor

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    Ack!

    I've been asked this before, but neglected to follow up on it.

    I need to wait until I get home - I'll post the info this evening.

    /j
     
  8. bentwrench

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    try some flouresent orange or green model paint .99 cents a bottle at most walmarts. i've put this on ramp and dot sights,and its worked well for me
    the bentwrench
     
  9. gazpacho

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    Revlon

    Cheap and plentiful.
     
  10. JLaw

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    Revlon.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one asking my wife to buy me some bright orange nail polish!

    JLaw
     
  11. just one question

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    I use white out.

    When I want to brighten a front sight, I just use one of those new white out pens. It works pretty well. It is easier to apply then nail polish IMO You should look into it, it really helped me with my cz75:)



    Never did it to a revolver though. I might try it.
     
  12. hoek48

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    I use nail polish as well. I put a base coat of bright white and then use a color called, Tequila Sunrise. It is orangish red and bright. I can make the fron sight out even against the red bullseye on a target.
     
  13. KillshotRB

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    So Revlon it is?

    In regards to "painting" the front sight? What's a good degreaser to use as a first step, and am I correct that I should use a white color first then whatever bright color I choose? Might consider this for the little 642, it sounds simple enough, and would help with the sight picture. Anyone have any other pics of the jobs they did on their front sights? Post 'em up! Thanks.
     
  14. DrLaw

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    And IF you buy nail polish, hope that your wife does not find out and have you pick up some 'other' things for her as well, if you know what I mean.
    :what: :rolleyes: :neener: :D :eek: :D :D

    The Doc is out now. :cool:
     
  15. ronto

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    I use "Love My Nails" nail polish. After 6 months of pocket carry, no wear or chips. Just make sure you clean the site good before applying.
     
  16. frankt

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    Testors Acrylic model paint from Walmart or any hobby shop. It comes in bright flourescent green and orange and if you put a coat of white down first it is really bright. It also holds up very well and will take acetone to remove it.
     
  17. JackDRipper

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    I also use Testors flourescent orange paint on my sights.
    JR
     
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    Not sure if it is made by Revlon or not but, I bought a super bright orange nail polish from the "Glam things" section at Wal-mart for .99. I have been using it for quite some time. I put some on about 7-8 mo.s ago. I am probably due to clean off the old layer and put a new layer on.

    I do not use the white stuff first. The orange still stands out well.

    Sight paint wears off with every other cleaning. Too fast imo.
     
  19. TonyB

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    I got a blued Rossi mod 461 a while back and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn w/ it.Turns out I can't see black on black....I used one of those "paint pens" in sliver...they are great.You can get them in lots of colors at any stationary store or hobby shop.The paint goes over anything too..no special instructions needed.They may even have glow in the dark ones by now.BTW I tried orange(model pain)..it drove me nuts...the silver works for me...now the Rossi is the revolver I shoot the best.
    Oh yeah,nail polish remover gets it off(just don't use a ton,and keep it away from wood and rubber)
     
  20. KillshotRB

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    Any other pics of your "paintings"?
     
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    I'm glad that I'm not the only one that has been digging in their wives cosmetics drawers. I used my wifes white french tip nail polish on my Springfield G.I. Micro. It has the almost non existant G.I. sights. A little white on the front blade and two dots ( i used the tip of a 7.62 nato bullet) on the rear sight and now I have a three dot sight. It worked wonders. I have also used Testors on some other sights.
     
  22. KillshotRB

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    Doin' mine right now..

    Sinful colors white - $1.99

    Maybelline wet shine #130 Juicy tomato - $3.99

    So far, so good.
     
  23. KillshotRB

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    Turned out great..

    I'll try to throw a pic on here soon. When you have a "proper" sight picture, what you see of the front sight is all I "painted" and although it is mostly cosmetic, it does seem to help when I hold the gun up against something dark. I saw no sense in doing the whole sight or the top portion of the 642, where it goes flat for about 1/8 inch, because that is not what is in the sight picture when you're holding correctly.
     
  24. ArchAngelCD

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    Birchwood Casey Super Bright Touch-Up Sight Pens

    http://www.tadspoles.com/catalog/RWP-Super-Bright-Sight-Pens-Red--White-p-2150349.html

    The pens are sold seperately or in 2 and 3 pen sets. I found the above link and the price for the 3 pen set is VERY cheap since most stores sell the 2 pen set for $12.95. For $8.95 you get all three pens and there is enough paint in those pens to do all your guns for many years to come.
     
  25. Deanimator

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    +1. I used orange since I'll only be shooting at targets with black bullseyes or silhouettes, or if necessary, people who are going way out of their way to be annoying.
     
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