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    Thinking about painting my front sight

    With glow in the dark paint. I know, it's a little cheesy but, it's cheaper than the alternative.

    Anyone try that? Where did you buy the paint?
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    I used Day-Glo Orange paint from a craft store on my G30 sights. I hate white sights in any firearm. You can also use bright nail polilsh from the local drug store. It's a bit brighter if applied over white.

    Glow-in-the-dark paint? Don't know how effective that is. It usually has to be exposed to light first and then fades, which defeats the purpose.

    There is a commercial brand of sight paint, but it's pricy for a little bottle, and craft paint/nail polish works better. The polish comes in flouresent yellow/orange/green etc.
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    +1 re "priming" with white before going over it iwth the His Viz paint.
    The paint stickes better when you de grease the fronst sight as well.

    I used .99 orange fingernail polish purchased at Wal Mart post Halloween with great success until I took the plung and got Ameriglo
    .140 sights that are painted Orage with a trit. dot in the center paired with a .180 all black rear sight.

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    Thanks guys. I'll look into the hi viz paints in the craft store.

    If I decide to go for a front site, what size is that fastener on the inside of the slide of my G19?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis50 View Post
    If I decide to go for a front site, what size is that fastener on the inside of the slide of my G19?
    3/16" hex (unless it's the pinned version).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis50 View Post
    With glow in the dark paint. I know, it's a little cheesy but, it's cheaper than the alternative.

    Anyone try that? Where did you buy the paint?
    Glow in the dark paint needs to be hit with light to work, its 3am and you need to pull out from the nightstand.....where its pitch black. Glow in the dark paint is of no use. Unless BG is a sweetie and lets you beam your flashlight on your sight

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    Just buy night sights. $100 for a 10-12 year investment isn't too bad.
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    Actually I've been thinking about doing this myself. Check out Gun Sights

    I haven't tried it but they say it'll glow for 6-10 hours (I wonder how long it takes to charge though). Just put it under a lamp while you get ready for bed/before you go out and should be good all night.

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    The paint is a waste of time...or maybe it's just my six decade old eyes.

    Instead of painting my new Ruger SP101 front sight, I'm changing it to a Trijicon.

    On my Marlin 336SS I changed the front site to a fiber optic...no paint.

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    I didn't like the orange front site on my S&W revolver so I got a little jar of white model paint and with a fine brush, I put a white dot in the center of it. It really helped a lot.
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    I've used glow in the dark paint to mark things so they would be easier to find. I wouldn't use them for firearms though. You have to expose the paint to certain types of lights (sunlight) for them to have the maximum amount of glow. The duration of glow is highly dependent on the color, with green being the longest lasting. You also need to prime the surface area (sight) with some kind of white paint like nail polish in order for it to be very effective.

    Here's one of the better sites for glow in the dark paint with listed glow times for various colors.
    Glow in the Dark Paint - Solvent Based

    IMO, you're better off with either tritium sights or a laser like Crimson Trace.

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    Based on dive watches I own using Superluminova, at best you'll have a bit of glow after 3-4 hours. The stuff works fine for a watch for 7-8 hours in total darkness, but held out at arm's length? And if it is total darkness, how will you see what you are shooting?

    I finally decided to install a few nightlights around the house so I can see enough to cross a room without tripping. I can't see the front sight, but at the ranges I need to shoot, I can point the gun fine without any sights.

    If you DO use luminous paint, then a UV flashlight will charge it up about as well as it can get with just a few seconds (5-10) of exposure. It will take MUCH longer with a normal light.

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    I was not impressed with the glow in the dark gun sight paint. I had to charge it with my surefire to get a decent glow and it didn't last long in my opinion. I ended up purchasing Truglo tritium fiber optics for my Glock 19 and have never looked back.
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    I agree with the others on skipping the paint. Invest in night sites. You will be much happier with the results.
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