How to apply the Glow-On gun sights paint. A few pointers

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  1. Gatopardo

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    First lets focus on the product application, as the thread move along we'll give more pointers on how to properly use this product:

    The process is pretty straightforward.
    Stir the paint, load the applicator, apply small dabs, let it dry, apply transparent nail polish.

    Clean the surface of your gun sights with alcohol (a good grade 91% alcohol, no rubbing alcohol, vodka or gin please)
    Some "tooth" to the surface will definitely help, a couple of passes with fine sand paper are welcome.
    Let it dry 1-3 hours, and cure well, 2-3 days. Before that, glow-On is a bit soft and it can be removed easily.
    A nice transparent layer of nail polish varnish will ad a smooth surface and it'll make it easy to wipe clean.

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    Glow-On can be applied successfully over any type of iron sights there is.

    We gun enthusiasts are familiar the plain iron sights most vintage firearms have as standard, just like the military-style sights found on the 1911 GI models.
    Glow-On excels when used over this type of sights. There is no need to modify the sights configuration and the luminescent component helps retain the vintage look.

    Please observe on the following photo the application over plain iron sights.



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    While most manufacturer's paint is semi transparent or translucent, Glow-On Super Phosphorescent unique formula lets light in but it appears opaque and therefore covers well without the need of a white base coat like other products require, thus adding work which we find unnecessary.

    Here are a few takes:
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    Sweet!
    What does a small bottle run?
     
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    One of the more frequently asked questions we receive is this one:"How does it looks , in daylight, in the night,?


    In the beginning, we created our product to have the brightest glow possible and since the material has this properties, to be in one color: Yellowish white in daylight and to have a yellow-green glow.

    Subsequent requests from our customers for different colors gave "light" to Glow-On Colors. Here are some photos which show those colors, in the presence o light and after being excited by light.
    A few notes about the colors:
    The colors are easier to understand if we think in terms of sherbet, that's right they look like sherbet.
    The glow of the orange and red Glow-On have a green luminescence.
    The best balance between day color and glow color is yellow Glow-On and green Glow-On.
    However the blue seems to be a favorite.

    Please keep in mind also that the term paint is loosely used here. The easiest way to apply it is using the small wooden stick we provide or similar, boldly, dabbing small drops, just like in the pictures below.
    Forget about layers, apply it in one movement, if you don't like it start again.
    Don't over work it, if you play with it too much it starts to thicken, making it difficult to achieve a good result.

    A very important thing, the time it takes for it to charge is but a couple of seconds, not minutes. so I guess we'll take a video camera and show that next.

    Thanks for your support.

    Glad you asked, about ten bucks plus sipping and handling

    Please look for it in our web store at:
    Purchase

    You can also find it on E bay and Amazon

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    Unlike solvent based paints this is a water based product, however keep in mind that it won't come off your clothes with anything. To remove it, just pry it off with a plastic or wooden object like a brush handle, not to scratch your firearm finish. Other method is to soften it with acetone and then, yes pry it off.

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    If your priority is the glow please choose the original Glow-On Super Phosphorescent.
    If you have to have the colors please check the glow chart for more information


    Glow chart for colors compared to Glow-On on the far left
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    Some of our most budget conscious customers have asked how many sets of gun sights can be enhanced with a small vial of Glow-On. So we grabbed a small vial of our product and started dabbing. The results are displayed below.

    Please keep in mind, if you are going to paint the white dots over, you might as well make them bigger for major visibility.
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    When the word customize comes to mind:
    cus·tom·ize (k[​IMG]s[​IMG]t[​IMG]-m[​IMG]z[​IMG])tr.v. cus·tom·ized, cus·tom·iz·ing, cus·tom·iz·es To make or alter to individual or personal specifications: Customize your gun sights


    Since we are all different, have different needs and taste, some of us respond better to thee dots, others like a straight eight better and of course we all have ideas of our own, here are but a few customizations to keep in mind:
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    Here are a few photos to show basically how to do it[​IMG]
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    This example shows how to create glow dots for gun sights.

    Hint: The adhesive layer will not hold the glow material permanently, it has to be rubbed off and Super Glue Gel is used carefully to set it over the gun sight.
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    On the next example we deal with the design of a rear sight application

    Hint: The adhesive layer will not hold the glow material permanently, it has to be rubbed off and Super Glue Gel is used carefully to set it over the gun sight.
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    Here are a few more pointers.

    Macro photography sure helps understand how a product like Glow-On really behaves in actual time.

    The "paint" term is used loosely here, Glow-On is actually a tridimensional product, meaning it has a volume unlike regular paint which is flat.
    Since visibility is so important "when" we use our sights here is an aspect we can exploit. Regularly, the white dots with which most firearms come equipped with are indentations for the same purpose.
    Our proposition is: Be bold, make your gun sight dots better, make them bigger, make them thick, make them more visible. Semi spherical dots are visible almost under condition, light coming from any direction will silhouette them making them more relevant.

    Some of our weapons, like the P30 on the upper photo, came with 1/16 small white dots. See the improvement.
    We are obviously not purists at all. We believe in new approaches to old problems, after all that's the premise that made our country big, Salute[​IMG]


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    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:


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    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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    As long as the surface is clean it should work

    If your model has a half moon shaped rear notch sight and a fixed front ramp, the product can be applied to both.

    For superior adherence is essential to make sure the metallic surface is very clean, 95% alcohol and a paper towel is just what's needed to clean the gun sights.
    Stir the paint with the small wooden stick provided, with the help of the small vial's rim load the tip of the applicator generously,
    On the rear sight apply the product generously over the flat side of the half moon, on the front sight "spread the product with the help of the same wooden applicator over the serrated surface only, which is the area that looks like a small square thru the rear sight. don't apply it all the way up or over the top, holstering the firearm will wear off the paint.

    Try not to use a brush for this job, we never use brushes, they just mess up the works, apply the product with he flat side of the applicator, just like you'd spread soft butter over bread, we always practice a couple of times over some surface.
    If it doesn't look right, just wipe it off with the paper towel and start again.

    In terms of durability, the product dries to the touch in abut 1-2 hours but it'll remain a bit soft for 2-3 days and as the time passes it becomes hard and permanent, before this happens it's easy to rub off.
    The day after you applied it, use a couple of layers of good quality transparent nail varnish. This will give your job a smooth surface and it'll make it easy to clean after a visit to the range ( a dry paper towel or such is all you'll need).
    At this point cleaning oils and such won't affect the application either.

    Find Glow-On here:

    glow-on.com


    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Glow-on-Super-phosphorescent-001-Phosphorescent/dp/B004K56TS8/"]Amazon.com[/ame]


    eBay

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    Easy does it, stir the paint, dip the applicator and load a generous amount, then no matter if you have indented dots or bare sights, with the applicator and build up a nice looking drop, don't touch it after that.
    Let it dry. Apply a couple of layers of transparent nail polish which is very important to add a smooth surface and protection.
    A couple of practice runs over a random surface will definitely help.[​IMG]

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    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.


    We're here to answer questions and help with any issue related to the product, please contact us directly from the "contact us" page in our website.
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    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.

    Happy Labor Day everyone, be safe.[​IMG]

    Find Glow-On at:
    glow-on.com
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Glow-on-Super-phosphorescent-001-Phosphorescent/dp/B004K56TS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344199344&sr=8-1&keywords=glow-On+super+phosphorescent"]Amazon.com[/ame]
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    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. [​IMG]




    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.

    [​IMG]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).

    Find Glow-On at:
    glow-on.com
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Glow-on-Super-phosphorescent-001-Phosphorescent/dp/B004K56TS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344199344&sr=8-1&keywords=glow-On+super+phosphorescent"]Amazon.com[/ame]
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    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?
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