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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by geronimo509, Apr 3, 2009.

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  1. geronimo509

    geronimo509 Member

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    I thought about painting the sights on my Makarov. When I was searching for glow in the dark paint I came across this website. I thought I should share and would like to see them get more business from us responsible gun owners. Here is the link to their info on painting gun sights.
    http://glowinc.com/glow-in-the-dark/gun-sights.aspx

    I am going to paint my sights the way they recommend. I bought the Ultra green V10 paint that is shown here http://glowinc.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=11

    They say it is their brightest paint. I'm still waiting to get it delivered but when I do I will give a follow up on how good it is.

    My only problem is that the shipping cost more than the product.
     
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    nobody cares. I just thought with so many businesses being anti-gun that someone would appreciate a business that supports gun ownership and the use of their product on firearms.
     
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    I'm not a great believe in glow in the dark paints since you need to first expose it to a light source to make them glow (yes, I read that the V10 can glow for 24+ hours, but you still need an initial light source). I'd rather paint small sights with safety yellow or orange-glo paints.

    Why did you choose water-based rather than solvent-based?
     
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    I sent the wrong link. I did get the solvent based. I figure i'll be in the light sometimes so it should work. I understand your point of view.
     
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    Heh - I use the touch up paint stick for my red Honda Element to paint my sights. But admittedly - it doesn't glow in the dark.. ;)

    CZ used this kind of paint on the three-dot sights for a while. It was pretty well received.
     
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    I had some leftover fluorescent spraypaint and dabbed some on my front sight dot. Works better than the Testors model paint.
     
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    I read their info when I had the same idea. "How can I make my sight dots more visible in low light conditions or in the dark?" I rejected the idea of paint after I considered that it would probably be really dark (better for me) and that the gun would not be exposed to light at all for weeks as it is kept in a safe. So I ordered a set of tritium sights. It cost quite a bit more, but what's my family worth?

    If you do wear your gun and it gets exposed to some sunlight or even a lot of room lighting during the day, then the phosphorescent paint may work well for you. It's a good, affordable alternative for a lot of folks.
    -Bill
     
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    I was looking at ordering from glow inc myself. I don't think its a big deal if you keep the gun out when you are home. Or even when you carry concealed. The fact that it can go for 24 hours after some light on it is pretty hot.
    http://www.nitesiters.com/ this is a cheapy way to do it. I emailed a glowinc rep and he explained to me that the powder mixed with 30 min epoxy would be my best bet. And the alternative would be water based. Then he said either way paint white on the sights first, then add the glowinc product. Let me know how yours turns out. For me it is not the highest priority. Ill get to it eventually.
     
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    I used some pumkin orange acrylic paint bought in the crafts section of Walmart to paint the front sight of my Norinco 1911. While it isn't fluorescent it sure picks up easier than the old faded white dot that was originally there.
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    I used my daughter's finger nail polish. Added some clear over the Fluorescent Orange I put on the front sight. It looks great!
     
  11. geronimo509

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    About the comment on night sights. I have trijicon night sights on every gun I own except one. The one without them has MMC because I wanted blue rear and green front night sights. BTW, MMC is not nearly as bright as trijicon.

    My new Mak has fixed sights and it would take major gunsmithing to put night sights on. That's the only reason I dont have real night sights on the gun.
     
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    the only problem i have found with "glow paint" is that my pistols spend so much time in the dark, it never works. they are either in the safe, or in my pocket. so the paint never gets a chance to "charge".
     
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    mooooose102. I thought about that too. I figure even if it doesn't glow, just being green should help me better than it being black.
     
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