Make your own Night sights???????

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  1. mbpe912

    mbpe912 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Has any one tried using a glow in the dark paint ant putting it on the factory sight? To make a poor mans night sights? Does it work? Any picture how to type stuff? I don't want to deal with the damage that can come to the slide with the change! I don't mind a scratch as long as I put the scratch on the gun!
     
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    I just put some neon yellow on my XDm sights. It isn't glow in the dark or nuclear or anything but for 5$ it's alot better than what it came with. If I dont like it in a few days/weeks then I can take it off, it's only paint. I'd recomend getting a small artist brush to put it on and with such a small drop of paint it dries really fast. I got all the stuff to do it from ACE hardware.
     
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    My uncle used to do that to all of his guns. He'd use a small blacklight to "charge" them up. They glowed VERY bright after they were charged. The problem with glow paint is it MUST be exposed to light (UV works best), or it won't glow. I thought about using a UV LED flashlight to charge mine up when I do it. I plan on ordering glow paint and doing all my gun sights because some need touch up anyways. There's this stuff that claims to be the brightes glow paint on the market, which is what I'll use. :mrgreen:
     
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    Yeah well, now that you mention that I can't ask the BG to stop while I charge my sights but I think it would work for quicker sight alignment? Also possibly they would charge all day while exposed to light?
    I have a hard time spending 1/4 of the price of the gun to buy new sights to have some "gun smith beat the crap out of my slide to then have to spend another 1/4 of the guns cost to have the slide re coated. Now I am at half the price of a new gun!
     
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    I used Apple Barrel brand Neon Green paint from Michael's. I took the slide off and used some books to hold it upright(too lazy to dig up clamps). Then I used a toothpick to put drops of paint onto the sights. You have to do it quickly so that the paint doesn't start to tack up and not fill evenly. After a trip to the range, I added some more so that the paint is convex and comes out past the edge of the sight some. Now they catch more light and are much easier to pick up, especially in low light. Another plus about painting them convex is that even after a lot of shooting the dots don't start to get dirty. My white sights were turning black when I used WWB at the range because the residue was settling down in them, but now it can't.
     
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    How long did the "charge" last?
     
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    I've used the nightsiters paint. Works pretty decent. But you have to charge them with a flashlite unless you open carry during the day..if so the sun charges them and they're ready to go at night.

    If you charge them by flashlite, expect a 5-10 minute charge. 5 minutes with a quick charge is bright and it slowly dies down from there, it still has a faint glow maybe 15-20 minutes into it.

    It's a cheaper alternative (and brighter than) but not as good as tritium.
    I put it on an XD, Glock and an AK. The XD and Glock already have white painted sights so you can just dab the glowpaint on with a toothpick or something and then seal it if you want with some clear fingernail polish.

    If you use it on a plain steel sight you need to apply white fingernail polish where you're going to want it to glow first. After it dries, add the glowpaint..and then seal if you want.
     
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    If you leave it out all day in the sun, or charge it up for an hour or so, the "charge" starts to dim at about 2 hours, and slowly fades out after about 8-10. You can still see them glowing about 12 hours later, but barely. It's better than the stock sights at night, if you leave it exposed to the daylight, it will still barely glow by morning.
     
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    Do they just not make Night Sights for the XD?
     
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    There are all types of nightsights for XDs. The paint is just a cheaper alternative. I still prefer tritium.
     
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    I thought about making my own night sights, but ended up getting trijicons instead.
     
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    I'm wanting someone to install mine, i'm in oklahoma but can't find anyone that sales them. i'd hate to send my XD off and not be able to carry anything on my person
     
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    No gunsmiths in your area?
     
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    Just painted my XDM front sight with a product from Bright-Sights. Looks great. Will let you know how it works at the range and how it holds up
     

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