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This is a discussion on sight painting within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; How many of you here paint your sights to improve them? The little white dots on my LC9 were my biggest gripe with the gun, ...

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    sight painting

    How many of you here paint your sights to improve them? The little white dots on my LC9 were my biggest gripe with the gun, so being too cheap buy good ones and get them changed I did my own improvement.

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    Finger nail polish. Every color under the sun. I tape it off and start with white, then finish with red/orange. If you have ten girl ask to see her collection.

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    I've been meaning to get to the store and find the brightest nail polish on the shelf but I keep forgetting.
    I'm wanting to touch up my PPS's sights a bit.

    I've heard to do it like this....
    -Clean with rubbing alcohol and allow to dry
    -Apply polish, use toothpick for dot sights, allow to dry
    -Brush in nail polish clear coat, allow to dry.
    -Enjoy
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    Yep; I do it. It makes a big difference on my S&W Airweight and my Ruger LCP. I think being able to see your sights is step 1 in succeeding in hitting what you're aiming at.
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    I use my niece's blaze orange stuff that she uses on her toenails on j frame front sights. Then there's a finish that goes on as well. Works well enough.

    But man, does she think I'm weird.
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    I have painted the sights of most of my guns. I like a Bright orange front and a bright yellow rear for color contrast, not only for visibility but also for contrast on target. Not many things naturally occur in flourescent orange. Nail polish works but I use model car paint since i have had two bottles of it for several years now.
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    I have sig night sights on my carry, so no need for that however the rest of my collection might get this treatment.

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    My Glocks have night sights. I've used glo-on for my 686 so I can find it in the dark, then turn on the laser. I just have to remember to put it under a bright table lamp for an hour before bedtime!

    But my model 60 doesn't have a big enough sight area either front or back to be able to use the glo-on. So THANKS for the suggestion of the bright orange for the front sight! Bright enough it will probably work in low light situations. Now I just have to find some that will hopefully cost less than $7 or $8 for a small bottle when I only need a couple dots............
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    I tried using some of the glow in the dark sight paint several years back with mixed results. It worked good for a while but eventually it would fall off. Looking back I probably did not clean the sight as well as I should have.
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    You have to "seal" the Glo on with clear fingernail polish. Makes it last a lot longer. I.tried the different colors of polish & found in low light white paint was still the best bet.
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    I have the GLO ON but I am not too thrilled with it. in regular low light my normal sights where better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy1960 View Post
    How many of you here paint your sights to improve them? The little white dots on my LC9 were my biggest gripe with the gun, so being too cheap buy good ones and get them changed I did my own improvement.

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    I just did mine on my FN five seven, front site was done again. Dots, so I used a toothpick and white nail polish. Now have to go over it in clear. On one gun I used white masking tape. Worked fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurahe View Post
    I have painted the sights of most of my guns. I like a Bright orange front and a bright yellow rear for color contrast, not only for visibility but also for contrast on target. Not many things naturally occur in flourescent orange. Nail polish works but I use model car paint since i have had two bottles of it for several years now.
    I use white, figure it's the best contrast at night but likely depends on user.

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