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    Boy this is stupid

    But hey, you can look at my avatar and tell I'm not hittin' on all the cylinders.

    I've got a Smith manufactured Walther PPK/S.

    The front sight is fixed, the rear is adjustable for drift.

    I'm having a really hard time picking up the front sight. It's just a blade with a little red dot recessed behind the blade. I'm thinking about buying some luminescent paint at a hobby shop, dipping a toothpick in it and dabbing on that red dot. Obviously, it's not a replacement for night sights but what do you think?

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    A too-thin (or too-small) front sight will remain a too-thin (or too-small) front sight, no matter what you do.
    Painting the entire rear surface of the front sight bright red will help a little. (Fluorescent paint is not necessary.)
    Go to a drugstore, or even a beauty-supply store, and buy a bottle of bright white nail "polish" (cellulose enamel, really) and a bottle of bright, fire-engine red nail "polish."
    Clean your front sight very thoroughly with alcohol, Energine, or some other cleaner-degreaser. A Q-Tip works best.
    Using the brush inside the cap of the white nail polish, carefully dab a coat of the stuff on the rear surface of the front sight (the part that you see through the rear sight). Let it dry for at least 12 hours. Use a very sharp knife to cut or scrape off any excess paint from the side surfaces of the sight blade.
    Re-coat the sight with the white nail polish, and let it dry for another 12 hours. (You probably didn't have to scrape any off, this time. Right?)
    Now apply two coats of the red nail polish, letting each dry for 12 hours.
    That'll help.

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    Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

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    I tried the "Nail polish fix" several months ago and it works great. Cost is low and you can change colors to suit your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MITCH View Post
    I tried the "Nail polish fix" several months ago and it works great. Cost is low and you can change colors to suit your needs.
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    Thanks buddy. I'll try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MITCH View Post
    I tried the "Nail polish fix" several months ago and it works great. Cost is low and you can change colors to suit your needs.
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    is the nail polish supose to match your lipstick or shoes?

    (ducking and running for cover)
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnr View Post
    is the nail polish supose to match your lipstick or shoes?

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    I usually try to match the polish to the shoes, but that's just me. I tend to go neutral on my lipsticks.

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    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank45 View Post
    Huh?
    The thread deteriorated rapidly Frank.

    Let's take it in another direction....

    Two guys are playing golf.

    At the eighth tee, one of them keeps approaching the ball, studying the shot and then walking back, only to approach it again..

    "What the hell is your problem?" his partner asks. "It's never taken you this long to drive before."

    "My wife is watching from the club house balcony. I need to make a perfect shot."

    "Hell" his partner snorts..."There's no way you're going to hit her from here."

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    Ok, I understand about the golf ball, but why neutral lipstick?

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    Camo Frank! Camo!

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    I painted the rear of the front sight on several of my hand guns that do not have night sights.




    It works well, but I like night sights better ... they seem larger white sights during the day.


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    Thanks. My SIG 232 has night sights and they work great. The PPK/s doesn't and it's hard to pick up that front blade quickly on the range. The indoor range that I use isn't that well lit around the stations.

    I can have it converted to night sights, but I'm not sure it will be worth all the expense. I saw glow in the dark acrylic paint at a hobby shop and thought I might have found a cheap alternative. A small bottle is $2.95

    Dip a toothpick into the paint and apply it to that small red dot on the back of the front sight. See if it makes it stand out better. I may still give it a shot before I break out the nail polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganOverlook View Post
    Thanks. My SIG 232 has night sights and they work great. The PPK/s doesn't and it's hard to pick up that front blade quickly on the range. The indoor range that I use isn't that well lit around the stations.

    I can have it converted to night sights, but I'm not sure it will be worth all the expense. I saw glow in the dark acrylic paint at a hobby shop and thought I might have found a cheap alternative. A small bottle is $2.95

    Dip a toothpick into the paint and apply it to that small red dot on the back of the front sight. See if it makes it stand out better. I may still give it a shot before I break out the nail polish.
    I did the same,I got fluorecent(spelling?) paint from Glo.Nation.com and dipped a toothpick in it to apply to my Cougar 8000, CZ85 sights and GP-100 front blade. I pick them up easily now. I still haven't tried the neutral lipstick though. I tried but my wife gave me a strange look when I ask to barrow some of hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnr View Post
    is the nail polish supose to match your lipstick or shoes?

    (ducking and running for cover)
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    I'm new here... and I hope you guys don't mind but, DA*N.. it's all about the purse, scabbard, holster... or whatever you call that thang you put the gun in...

    Please forgive me... or not... what a way to start a membership in a forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlacksmith View Post
    I'm new here... and I hope you guys don't mind but, DA*N.. it's all about the purse, scabbard, holster... or whatever you call that thang you put the gun in...

    Please forgive me... or not... what a way to start a membership in a forum
    Welcome to the forum. This nail polish thing apparently isn't going away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganOverlook View Post
    This nail polish thing apparently isn't going away.
    What did you expect with a thread titled: Boy this is stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce333 View Post
    What did you expect with a thread titled: Boy this is stupid

    About what I got. But, thanks to suggestions from members of this forum, I'm getting the firearm in question to look and perform the way that I want it to, so thanks everybody.


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    That is a nice Walther and good luck with it.....but the nail polish and lipstick should stay with the likes of Ursula.

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