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!
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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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