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First of all a happy new year to everyone!
Here we go again! One more year, or one less year, depending on how you're counting.

Anyways responsibility first.
Here we have a small graphic tutorial.

Scenario:
We start with plain standard white painted dots( most handguns come equipped with this or just plain irons).
This is especially relevant for vintage pieces
If you have a number of firearms waiting for some small but relevant upgrade.
if you have so many pieces that an expensive upgrade is not in your budget.



-Open your vial, stir the paint, load the tip of the stick....Apply a few drops on any surface to get the feel of it.
They should look like small round dew drops. check the previous post to check some photos.
-Clean the surface with a clean paper towel and good grade alcohol, 91% works great.
-Stay away at this point from cleaning powders, or oil based cleaners, they always leave an oily residue, the paint will fall off.

-Basically here we "fill" the voids painted in white.
-Add some paint, let it dry, repeat as necessary to fill the voids in.
-Don't overwork it, paint tends to clump that way. If it starts to look overworked and clumpy, just wipe it off with a paper towel and start again.
-If you have plain irons, flat iron sights, just dab in the glow product, dots lines what have you.

On this photo the Glow-On has been applied, look at the voids, they are full now.


After the last layer, just let it dry for an hour or so.
At this point you can just scratch, cut lift small imperfections. I like to use a X-acto knife at this point.
 

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OK! I am being reminded I forgot an important detail....
Hold your firearm in place with a utility clamp!

Now...
Here is a small sequence of the changes as we proceed:

 

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If you have been paying attention, you'll notice the slide is racked to the rear and the gun is unloaded!

Every time you perform any maintenance on a firearm:
Remove all the ammo: bullets, clips, magazines and such.
Open the action, bolt, etc to Unload any ammunition in the chamber.
Check physically, with your pinky several times to make sure the chamber is fully empty.
Remove all the ammo from the room!
"But Why" you ask?
Because if you leave the room for a second, the stupid gun will try to load itself with bullets while you are not watching!
Be safe! You wouldn't leave your car keys over the driver seat while you are shopping...At least on purpose..Lol!

So....To get over and end the first part of this tutorial here is the aftermath...
-Let the stuff dry for a day, apply a couple of layers of good quality transparent nail polish and be nice to it for a couple of weeks.
If you try and scratch it it will fall off, be patient. After it cures it's as hard as synthetic cement.
-If at this point the stuff just falls off, then the surface was dirty, start again with a clean surface.



 

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Second part.

At this point we'll try a different design over th the same gun sights.


We've removed literally, the paint we've just applied by prying it off with the same stick we used as applicator.
*Except the front sight, we left that one alone, we like it that way for this tutorial.
We clean the surface again with alcohol and a new clean towel and we start again.


We basically applied a small piece of Masking tape to preserve the bottom, where the sight meets the slide then we applied the product generously over the whole upper part of the rear gun sights.
Here's what we got so far:

 

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At this point, it's important to highlight two important qualities of Glow-On:
First, it's water based.
If you have any doubt about how strong a water based product can be..Just look around: The world is water based, concrete, cement, houses and buildings are water base!
Second, it's malleable like putty 20-30 minutes into the drying process.
Gel can't do that, solvent based products can't do that.]

To illustrate the latter we continue.....

So we let it dry 20-30 minutes and we take a small X-acto knife.
With the flat side we press, kindly to create a smooth, flat surface.

Because as you might have noticed, it looks a bit lumpy, that is normal.
So we flatten it and then, we are going to trim it to any shape we want.
YES, we are going to trim this paint, with a X-Acto knife!

The sequence:


 

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Same thing as before, let it dry, apply transparent nail polish, Sally Hansen's "Hard as Nails" works great.


 

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