Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

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Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Abraham » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:43 pm

My little Ruger LC9S isn't a bullseye shooter I realize, but the 3 dot white sights it came with are pitiful.

So, I'm considering preppy them with a little drilling out of what's in there, then q-tip them with alcohol afterwards, let dry and start in with painting on the glow-on.

Anyone here ever do that with gun sights that simply weren't up to par?

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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Pawpaw » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:03 pm

That's one of those things that never made much sense to me.

A concealed pistol would not be exposed to much, if any, light. Even an openly carried pistol will probably have the front sight covered by the holster.

I would think white paint would be better for most situations.

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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Take Down Sicko » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:08 pm

I've used nail polish on my front sight and it helps with faster target acquisition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=545&v=6lMYzJpD4n8


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby WTR » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:19 pm

Tried it. Bought it off Amazon. Did not work for me.
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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Abraham » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:26 pm

Pawpaw,

Supposedly, this stuff brightens up the sight, so if one does have to aim, target acquisition is quicker.

Does it work well?

I don't know, but my eyes can barely see the sights as they exist on my little Ruger.


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby pushpullpete » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:40 pm

I have not tried it.
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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Keith B » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:46 pm

I have used Bright Sights paint http://brightsights.com/ which helps in low light, but as mentioned, if you are talking about glow-in-the-dark paint, it would need to be exposed to light before it would illuminate.
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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Pawpaw » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:57 pm

You might be better off putting some XS Big Dot sights on it.
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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby WTR » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:11 pm

Pawpaw wrote:You might be better off putting some XS Big Dot sights on it.


That was my final solution. I could not be more satisfied.


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby stroo » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:15 pm

On a couple of my gun the tritium doesn't work anymore. So I have painted the old tritium circle red and the rest of the post white. I have tried other colors but that what just seems to make it real easy to pick up the front sight.


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Abraham » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:28 pm

Thanks for all the responses.

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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby C-dub » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:37 pm

My daughter has some bright orange nail polish. I put a dab of that on the front sight of something a year or so ago. It's not glow in the dark or anything, but it does help with sight acquisition when there's enough light.
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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby AdioSS » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:18 am

Several years ago right after Halloween I noticed some bright orange fingernail polish in the bargain bin of Halloweeen stuff at Wally World. I picked it up and have been putting it onto front Sights ever since. Works great for me!


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Scott65 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:59 am

I've used the bright colored nail polish to brighten a front sight, and it helped me. White seems to my aging eyes to be the least effective, green is much better, and red the best. Just for me personally.


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Re: Ever Used Glow-On Paint To Brighten Iron Sights?

Postby Rob72 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:57 pm

The "plain" glow paint does not work well, by itself. What DOES work well is a light primer small drop of Testor's Gloss White, mixed in a dime-sized blob of 2-Ton epoxy. Apply thinly, and allow to dry. Now mix another dime of epoxy and add a healthy dab of Glow Inc's paint https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Green-Glow-Dark-Paint/dp/B00BD63C8W/ref=sr_1_cc_8?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1516657478&sr=1-8-catcorr&keywords=tritium+paint, and add enough to have a nice raised surface.

The epoxy gives an extremely durable finish, with high gloss. Charge it with a good light, or a UV mini-light, better yet, and it will glow throughout an evening on the town.

This recipe gives a very serviceable, low-cost night sight. Daylight contrast may or may not work for you. I found mine to be a bit too neutral white/green, so I remixed, adding the Glow paint to the epoxy along with Testor's white. That seems to be the best you can get for homebrew, at least for me. I had this on an SP101 for several years.

If you can spend about $40 more, go ahead and get the Truglo TFX/TFX Pro, or Ameriglo's Hackathorn front, with tritium and fluorescent paint around it. I've had both, and settled on the TFX for my autos.


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