Painting sights?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by pro2am, May 29, 2007.

  1. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    Has anyone painted the sights on their handgun?

    My CZ comes from the factory with the green "light charged" paint that glows faintly in the dark (for a few seconds anyway). I like the sights themselves and don't want to install new sights just yet. I'm thinking of getting some bright color oil paint and putting a tiny dab on the front and rear sights to cover the factory stuff.

    Has anyone done this and if so what was the result? Is there any particular color that is proven to be more visible? Orange/Green/Yellow/Red/Magenta?
     
  2. Adam5

    Adam5 Atlanta Overwatch

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    I painted the front sight of my Ruger MKIII with a white paint pen. The front and rear sights on it are black and I was losing my front sight against the black center of my targets at the range. I'm pleased with the results, and my Mosin M44 and Mauser may soon get the same treatment.
     

  3. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    I think Bass Pro sells a tritium-based product that you can paint on your sights.

    Not sure, though.
     
  4. legacy38

    legacy38 Active Member

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    I have a S&W model 13 that the front sight was already painted when I obtained the revolver. I like it well enough.
     
  5. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    Great info on the XD forum. I think I'll try the Testors paint...the flourescent one's look great on page 3 in the thread.
     
  6. AV8R

    AV8R Banned

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    Let us know how it turns out. Maybe a picture or two? :)
     
  7. NetAdminWithGun

    NetAdminWithGun New Member

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    I repainted my beretta 92FS sights with white out :)
     
  8. bags

    bags New Member

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    I found that the black front sight post was hard to pick up. I thought about upgrading the sights, but I decided that I would try painting the sight. I had read about it on another forum long ago. I had to disassemble the gun and clean it anyway.....

    $5 can from homedepot and add the blue painters tape and .....


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    I have been doing this for about 6 months and may change to the model paint, but this works for me
     
  9. Rammstein

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    Nice job Bags. It seems to stand out well.
     
  10. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    My new painted sights

    I bought the Testors multi-pack with about 8 colors in it. I rotated a small drill bit at each sight location using my fingers. It worked well to remove most of the old sight paint and made a little divot for the new. I thought I'd try a red front sight but after I did it I realized that I couldn't pick it up very well at all. The colors I got, including the red, are all glossy, I think a neon would have worked better.

    Anyway, I ended up doing white for front and rear. It's much brighter. To keep it neat I dipped the end of a paper clip into the paint to get about a 1/4 of a normal drop, then placed the tip of the paper clip into the divot to fill up with paint. It worked really well. Unfortunately, I don't have a camera so I can't take a pic....so just take my word for it. Seems like a good solution for worn or dirty sights...assuming it holds up for awhile.
     
  11. legacy38

    legacy38 Active Member

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    bags,

    That looks very nice. Two questions:

    What brand 1911 is that?

    Are those Heine rear sights?
     
  12. asbrand

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    Yes, I do paint them.

    However, I don't use "paint".

    I just use whiteout. Yes, the stuff you use in the office to correct errors on paper. :)

    Is cheap, won't damage the gun, can easily be scraped off if I need to, and is easy to re-apply if need be.
     
  13. bags

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    Thanks :)

    1) Kimber Custom II ($600 new from adventure outdoors)

    2) It is the "stock" kimber rear sight. I have no idea who makes the rear sight it. I got the rock bottom 1911 custom II from kimber.