coloring the slide etching of my nano

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    coloring the slide etching of my nano

    my first attempt on any gun..... let me know what yall think...


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    Looks good, nice work! Did you use fingernail polish or melted crayons?
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    Nice job, did you use enamel or the old standby, typewriter correction fluid?
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    Looks great! I'm curious too as to which method you used. I did fingernail polish on mine but am planning on redoing it...debating which way to go next time.

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    Here is one great way to do it. Use whatever color lacquer you want to use. Nail polish is OK also if the pigment color is concentrated enough.

    For Bright White we used to use Appliance Touch Up Lacquer. It was available in small glass bottles. Any lacquer will do though.

    Fill the engraving up all the way using a small artists brush. It will dry better and quicker if you fill deep etching or engraving in stages and not all at one time.

    Let it dry all the way and do not worry if your lacquer gets on the surface around your lettering.

    Then here is what makes the difference.
    Using a RAG will pull the lacquer back out of the recesses and it will be very hard to make a neat job of it.

    Do Not Use A Rag.

    Buy one of those cheap kids writing or drawing tablets that are blank or lined newsprint paper.

    Cut a few sheets of that newsprint into squares.

    Use them one at a time like a rag. Wet them with lacquer thinner or acetone and quickly dab them off on another sheet of newsprint so that they are not dripping wet.

    Be quick and wipe over the engraving. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

    The newsprint does not have cloth fibers and so it will remove the lacquer from the surface a little bit at a time without pulling any of the color back out of the etching or engraving.

    And you will end up with everything perfectly filled and level with the surface.

    I used to do this for customers back when I worked doing gun bluing and electro-plating.

    TRY IT!
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    Looks good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast20 View Post
    my first attempt on any gun..... let me know what yall think...
    Does that mean that you've attempted this on something...other than a gun?
    Do you really want to know what I think?

    (*Just ribbin' ya' fast20. If you like it, it suits me fine! )
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    Looks good ... I like.
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    Nice job ...interesting :)

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    Looks nice, just not my cup of tea.
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    Nice job. I don't see myself trying something like this. I don't care for the name of my gun to stand out. The BG doesn't need to know the name of my gun only the size of the bullet he needs to know as it exits the bore. :)

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    Nice job!!! I think it looks great. I want to try this with my M&P. Question, if you use a lacquer like appliance touch up paint and botch the job can you remove it all easily with acetone. If you do this multiple times will it affect the finish on the slide?

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    Looks good.....nice job

    Got a couple of q's for ya though......how you did it and how you like your Nano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GetSmith View Post
    Nice job!!! I think it looks great. I want to try this with my M&P. Question, if you use a lacquer like appliance touch up paint and botch the job can you remove it all easily with acetone. If you do this multiple times will it affect the finish on the slide?
    Whoa! Use a non-acetone fingernail polish remover, or it WILL damage the finish!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheConcealer View Post
    Whoa! Use a non-acetone fingernail polish remover, or it WILL damage the finish!
    Makes sense, fingernail polish and fingernail polish remover. I think I'll give it a try.

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