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White Lettering

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by alohachris, Feb 17, 2009.

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  1. alohachris

    alohachris Member

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    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!
     
  2. sturmgewehr667

    sturmgewehr667 member

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    i'd suggest a steady hand and a paintbrush
     
  3. Duke of Doubt

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    White crayon.
     
  4. Hawk

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    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.
     
  5. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    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:
     
  6. dcal

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    I've heard Testors model paint does a great job. The procedure as I understand it is:

    1. thin the Testors down with some Testors thinner.
    2. use some thin model paint brushes and try to stay in the lines
    3. give it a little while to set up
    4. 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.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  8. AK103K

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    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..
     
  9. Bbqznbeer

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    White pencil crayon and abit o' spit.
    Rub it on , wipe off - repeat
    87m11.jpg
     
  10. TIMC

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    I used a fine tip paint pins I got from hobby lobby to do this one, it worked very well.
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    Beowulfcompleted09pic2.jpg
     
  11. alohachris

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    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?
     
  12. TIMC

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    Use Q-tips and paint thinner, just get them moist not soaked and lightly rub. It is a time consuming process but worth it.
     
  13. SMMAssociates

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    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,
     
  14. ultradoc

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    try white out
     
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    Crayola!
     
  16. W L Johnson

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    Just tried that and it worked great. But I wonder how well it holds up with the heat of firing?
     
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    Who cares? It's easy and it's cheap. Clean it off and do it again if it melts.
     
  18. W L Johnson

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

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    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.

    roll-marks-3.jpg roll-marks-4.jpg

    Nick
     
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    crayola or testors
     
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    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.
     
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