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Hello all. Im fairly new to the springfield brand, and recently purchased a springfield xdm 45 compact. I read a lot online about these different methods to color fill a gun, and i figured the crayon method was the easiest and most accessible. I did it, it worked, but the quality didnt seem to be good enough with the color i wanted. So, i went to michaels and picked up some testors fluorescent green paint (I want this to be a "zombie" themed gun). I painted on 2 coats, let it dry, and then removed the excess with mineral spirits. Honestly, IT LOOKS GREAT!!! Its as if this was factory done. Any thoughts, comments or questions?





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So what'd you do, just paint the area, then clean it off with mineral spirits? No razor blade or scrapping? I gotta try this if it's that easy.


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So what'd you do, just paint the area, then clean it off with mineral spirits? No razor blade or scrapping? I gotta try this if it's that easy.


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Yes. Heres what to do:

Materials: rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, testors enamel paint (about 50 colors to choose from), testors paint thinner, fairly small paint brush, old shirt or makeup remover pads

1. Clean area with rubbing alcohol and let dry
2. Add a small bit of thinner to the paint to give it more liquidity and shake well
3. Dip the brush tip in the paint to get a drop on it and touch it to the engraving. The liquid will fill the area. Brush the rest on. Do not do a heavy coat. The more you use the harder it is to remove
4. Let the first coat dry for 15-20 minutes. Some people do only one coat. I did two just for longevity. If youd like to do two, brush on another light coat.
5. Some people say the next step can be done after 20 minutes. For best results, give it at least 3-4 hours to cure. The longer you give it the better it works. Take an old shirt or some make-up remover pads, coat them with a small amount of mineral spirits, and VERY lightly rub over the painted area. Do not apply pressure as it can remove the color in the engravings. Use paitience with this step. It takes a few minutes
6. Wipe off mineral spirits and clean lightly with your favorite cleaner (clp for me) to remove mineral spirit residue. Try not to use the gun for the next day or two as the full cure time is 48 hours
7. VIOLA!!!
 

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I don't like it, but then you didn't ask for my opinion.
 

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I have a few XD's, but only 2 are on my CCW. All my guns are black on black. Sometimes they get put too close to the others in my safe and get mixed up. Now I'm checking serial numbers before I can grab one and go. I think this might be a great way to mark those two.


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I have a few XD's, but only 2 are on my CCW. All my guns are black on black. Sometimes they get put too close to the others in my safe and get mixed up. Now I'm checking serial numbers before I can grab one and go. I think this might be a great way to mark those two.


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Definitely. They also make some awesome fluorescent colors (orange, red, green, etc.) so they'd be easy to identify
 

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OP, damn man, Super nice job! Looks awesome :eek:
 

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Used testor's as well, but found out you need to be careful when cleaning. Ended up brushing out some of the color fill and now have to re-do it.
 

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Has jt stood up to cleaning solvents?
 

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Mine has. You have to take into account that a FULL cure time is around 7 to 10 days for enamel. Once its dried though, its on there
 

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My wife saw this thread. I woke this morning and she did this. Used teal nail polish. Turned out good.
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Looks awesome. Im glad this thread made its way out there. Its such an awesome and easy modification that makes a huge aesthetical difference
 
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