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    Glow-On gun sights paint.

    Q. What should I use for better performance, the paint product or the self adhesive card?
    It can go either way, whichever you prefer.
    One could create the same effect with either one. What's more important is what you feel more comfortable using. Do you like using super glue and gluing things together? Then the self adhesive is best. If you can work comfortably with paint, then the paint is OK.

    HINT: Plan ahead, do a small sketch of the result you want. It doesn't have to be exactly identical as the standard design your gun came with. One thing gun enthusiast know well is that we can make thing better, or what would be the point of this forum.
    So, cut a few pieces of self adhesive or paint a few dots and observe the result. There is plenty of both so you can practice. If you don't like the result, do it again, practice makes perfect.

    Check this two pieces in the photo below to get an idea:


    Go with the glow


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    Gun sights paint decay and behavoir

    How long will it glow, how intensely, are a few of the questions we are often asked.
    Glow-On is made of the brightest material available. That can be tested.
    The paint is good for about ten years and the glow cycle can be repeated millions of times during the product's lifespan.
    The shelf life of the vial is about a year if the vial is closed properly.

    Like everything else, the product has limitations, Basically it absorbs light and it releases the same light by trapping and slowing down the photons, releasing them at a difference frequency, so the glow decays during this cycle which lasts several hours.

    Another quality of this material is that the initial afterglow is much brighter that tritium gas, which is phenomenal if any of you guys go after varmint sometimes like I do.

    Knowledge gives power and power enables us humans to overcome limitations.
    Nothing remains static and everything is relative. The careful understanding and use of this idea is what enables a marksman to hit a target, the hunter to get his prey, you get the picture.

    Below there are a couple of graphics which help understand how Glow-On behaves.
    A few pointers:
    A brighter light source will have as a result the brighter the afterglow.
    The brighter the afterglow, the longer it glows.
    The darker the environment the stronger the afterglow that is perceived.
    The thicker the application the brighter the glow.




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    Glow-On: Is the bottle a self applicator ? Or will i need something to apply it?

    Is the bottle a self applicator ? Or will i need something to apply your product with ?
    The product comes in a small glass vial, an instruction sheet and a small wooden stick.

    The wooden stick is used to apply the product. At first glance it might look primitive, but in our experience works best, just load the tip generously and either create glow dots or lines by dragging and reloading.
    If the tip seems too wide, make a diagonal cut with a pair of scissors to make it pointy.
    Please practice over any surface first to become proficient with the application and then proceed to work on your project. If it doesn't look right the first time, just wipe it off with a moist paper towel and star again.

    It really takes a bit of practice at first but once you get it right you'll be doing your friends gun sights on the fly.


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    Important questions about GLow-On Gun Super Phosphorescent gun sights paint

    What is the shelf life of the 9.2ml vial of glow-on? Is there a warranty for the product? How should it be stored? Should any prep adhesives be applied? (such as a one made by 3M) Can a protective clear coat be applied over the product?
    Basically the product is good to use as long as the level of water in the mix is adequate.
    Small vials of paint have a very short shelf life specially is they are half empty, changes in atmospheric pressure and change of temperatures will help the paint to dry which is what is meant to do naturally.
    Our advise is: Buy what you need, one small vial of Glow-On creates as many as 50 sets of dots for firearms. But, this doesn't mean it's going to last fresh in the vial for the next 20 years. If I have 3-5 firearms, it's already a bargain at US3.00 per sight.
    At the same time I could do all my friends firearms for a few bucks a pop. So, only buy the larger vial if you plan to use it, I.E.various firearms, TV remotes, fishing lures etc.

    *What is the shelf life of the 9.2ml vial of glow-on?
    An unopened 9.2ml vial of Glow-On stored at room temperature 70-75 degrees should be good for 8-10 months approximately, if opened and stored in a hot shed or garage all bets ore off.
    If I intend to use your Glow-On between long periods of time, we advise, add a few drops of water to the top part, close it and store it vertically, when we are going to use it again, we open the vial drain the bit of water on top and we stir well. If the paint thickens and becomes difficult to handle, we add a drop or two of water to the vial and stir.
    Keep in mind: the thinner the paint, the more layers one has to use.
    Acrylic paint has a different way to behave than oil or solvent based products and unlike those products the product has super durable acrylic tiny molecules that keep the glow particles neatly organized, not to far and not too close. Our special secret formula, that is.

    *Is there a warranty for the product?
    Yes your purchase is protected by a 100% money back guarantee (if you don't like it just send it back),we guarantee you get your product in good shape or you get your money back.

    *How should it be stored? After every use clean the top of the glass vial and close it tightly, store at room temperature, not in the refrigerator. We cannot guarantee what happens after that of course, life is stranger than fiction.
    However if you are a Glow-On user you'll discover help is just one email away.

    *Should any prep adhesives be applied? (such as a one made by 3M)
    Glow-On adheres to most surfaces, as long as they are free of grease or such, good quality alcohol is all it's needed to clean before the application.Also a bit of tooth is a good idea, glass surfaces would benefit from a coat of something like you mention.
    Let Glow-On cure for about three day before the temptation to scratch sets in.

    * Can a protective clear coat be applied over the product?
    We usually recommend the use of a good quality transparent nail varnish, which in general is much better than anything we're able to find at the hardware store, Sally Hansen's "Diamond Strength" or "Hard As Nails" are a good starting point. once your Glow-On is dry and cured long enough 2-3 days.

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    I realize Glo-On is water based but is it safe to use alcohol & clear nail polish on plastic or poly sites? Would it be better to use another cleaner & then not cover the newly painted dots but just touch them up occasionally?
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    I realize Glo-On is water based but ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GH View Post
    I realize Glo-On is water based but is it safe to use alcohol & clear nail polish on plastic or poly sites? Would it be better to use another cleaner & then not cover the newly painted dots but just touch them up occasionally?
    Good quality alcohol 91% and above will not harm plastic or synthetic material, when it dries it will leave no trace. Beware of rubbing alcohol which has perfume. Gin might work too, I used it couple of times while traveling as replacement for aftershave.




    Clear nail polish bonds but with synthetic material but it doesn't fuse with with it, it can be chipped away if necessary. If that is the case we use a plastic sculpting tool to chip it away, Glow-On can also be removed that way, push hard though.

    Beware of acetone, acetone will damage the finish on several materials plastic included. We use acetone to remove Glow-On sometimes, it doesn't dissolve it, just softens it so it can be rubbed away.

    The reason for the clear nail polish is that it adds a smooth, truly transparent, semi flexible layer over the glow sights. Glow-On has a mildly rough texture which can accumulate dust smoke residue and such, this transparent layer will stop this from happening and make it a breeze to clean it.

    Did you know that heat activates the Glow properties of Glow-On? put it on your rifle's iron sights and check how after a few round it's starting to look green ( the glow is perceived as yellowish green color in the presence of light).

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    I have thought about getting something like this. The indoor range I shoot at is called " the cave " by many of us because it is so dark in there. I have trouble seeing the sites on some of my guns. Do you think this would help?
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    Glow-On: Do you think this would help?

    Quote Originally Posted by minimalbrat View Post
    I have thought about getting something like this. The indoor range I shoot at is called " the cave " by many of us because it is so dark in there. I have trouble seeing the sites on some of my guns. Do you think this would help?
    After your pistol warms up, I know the Glow sights will be visible. If it's really that dark in there you could, if allowed and trained to do so, use a lamp. If the lamp is used underhand to stabilize your firearm, remember to never, never position your non shooting arm in front of the muzzle, safety first.

    If one makes the markings over the gun sights bigger than normal it really helps, most dots are downright small, especially the 1/16" are just an afterthought

    A couple of seconds over front and rear gun sights and your sights should look like this long enough to empty it.

    With a 100% money back guarantee, what's to loose. If it doesn't work for you, you'd be one more step closer to the solution you are looking for right?
    Go with the glow

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    Glow-On gun sights paint. tip of the day

    Works as advertised. If you want longer lasting "charge" times, paint multiple layers on your front site.


    Absolutely the thicker the application the brighter the glow.
    I should mention that the"liquid part that keep the mix together has a milky consistency before the water content dries up and the paint cures. The glow consequently is brighter after a couple of days when this opacity dissipates..

    Do I have to apply the paint constantly/often to keep it glowing?
    Not necessary, one application will last for years, unless of course, you want try a different configuration on your sights and want to re do them.

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    Glow-On gun sights paint:What color is best for my gun sights

    I'm having a hard time trying to decide what color to choose for my pistol front sight
    First off, include in your plans the rear sights as well, they are essential in helping you frame the target, especially beyond the 15 yard mark.
    Here is a brief rating of the different glow colors

    10/10- Original Glow-On Super Phosphorescent. Is the brightest one, it's white but the glow is so intense, it looks yellowish in the presence of light because it's emitting its glow constantly.
    Glow-On colors:
    9/10- Yellow,Green, Aqua.
    8/10- Orange.
    7/10- Red and blue. The red is more of a reddish orange.

    Glow-On colors have a specific day light color and that lowers the glow by a degree because they filter such color from the daylight spectrum.
    So there is a compromise which is not a bad thing, every intelligent decision involves compromise.

    I would recommend Glow-Original if the glow is the most important factor involved.
    For a good balance between color and glow: Yellow and green are favorites.

    In any case for some reason, the blue keeps flying off the shelves constantly and it's very popular as well as aqua.

    Keep in mind red is not a "firetruck red" is more of a deep orange and the glow is a bit strange, like green.


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    Available colors for gun sights for better target acquisition

    Here is a reminder of the several combinations with which Glow-On can be purchased.

    We found purple is not bright enough for gun sights so it's no longer available
    If one wants to use two colors to paint front and rear sights, the brightest color should be applied to the front sight which is were our eyesight will concentrate.

    Every vial has a small dot of paint on the top to better evaluate the products possibilities. The dot is made exactly from the same paint inside the vial. Please stir before use.

    One can see how thick the application should be by looking at this small dot.


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    Before we do anything to our firearm do a safety check for our life.

    The most most important step before one starts a Glow-On application, or, are you planning to do some work on a firearm, however small that job should be, We do a safety check on that firearm.

    For our family, for our life, for our friends, for our cause, for whatever we hold dear.


    While we don't pretend to experts on every firearm, we do care about gun safety. And by that we don't mean the safety lever on that gun.
    Every weapon might has a different procedure but in the end the result has to be the same: No ammo in the gun and no ammo in the room. PERIOD.
    We read the owner's manual that came with our weapon when you bought it, if we don't have one, we contact the manufacturer.

    An empty chamber can can't accidentally fire a round and the ammunition outside the room will find it very difficult to go back inside that firearm we are working on.
    If we need a round in it, we use a dummy round, saving $10.00 on some fake rounds is not worth one's life.
    We do a safety check several times a day, every time we grab a firearm, every time we hand a firearm to a friend, every time we put that firearm into the safety. It makes us look good, like we know something, and it will add more days to our life.




    The first part of the following video explains some of it.

    Be safe, live long



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    i dont know if this has been covered but..

    those that carry IWB all day... the dots do not glow as they are not exposed to light source for several hours..

    i unholstered firearm while walking my dog in the dark then shine my led flashlight on sights, then i could see them.. but out of holster sights were not visible..

    oh well.. i suppose to expect the glow after being in the dark for a while is Unreasonable. i was hoping the paint would stay charged longer..

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    Gun sights paint, how much do I need?

    Used 2 Drops Didn't Need Such A Large Bottle Maybe Use As Halloween Nail Polish!
    Buy what you need, if you need more come back and get it. We are going to be at the market stall for awhile.
    For most gun sight need a small vial will do. fishing lures will take a lot more.


    We test constantly against every other similar product often and we guarantee you're getting the brightest goo available.
    Please use the contact for in our website for comments and questions

    Thanks for your support

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    How long will the Original color glow for?



    How long will the Original color glow for?

    From our web page:
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    For how long will it glow after full exposure?

    Full charge can be achieved in a few seconds under a small LED flashlight.
    Under daylight, this happens almost instantaneously.
    Under daylight, Glow-On constantly emits and reflects light, making the transition from illuminated to dark areas very smooth.

    The afterglow duration time is 1200 minutes until decay is complete (as tested at the laboratory).
    This means the phosphorescent activity ends completely at that time. To the human eye it is perceptible 5-7 hours, depending on individual sensitivity.




    The initial glow is very bright, brighter than tritium, and it starts to decay slowly for hours. If you have good night vision (natural human eye adaptation to the dark) the glow will be clearly perceived by you all night long, even if it is faint.
    A couple of seconds under a led flashlight will revive the glow to its fullest.
    This cycle can be repeated millions of times during the life of the product which is about ten years.


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