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Old 01-02-2013, 12:45 AM   #11
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I went through my daughter's nail polish and picked out the brighest/most visible shade she had. Have about 150 rds through it since and they seem to be holding up nicely

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Old 01-02-2013, 12:54 AM   #12
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WOW that looks fantastic, thanks for posting those pics! I think you just convinced me to switch from white to a bright neon green for better contrast

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Take your time and be careful. I used the tip of a safety pin to apply the dots. My first attempt didn't come out so neat....haha

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wooden toothpicks work pretty good for application of the paint as well.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #15
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Well, it was pretty darn simple and turned out great! I'll post pics at some point but trust me when I say that I took a half-asses factory job.....scraped it out....and replaced with BRIGHT white sights that now give me a great sight picture.

It did take me two time to understand how fast the cavity fills up when I injected the paint.....has to do that one twice

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I would thing rear white and front orange or green or yellow would work best to provide a quick sight contrast.

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I had the same problem with my Novack 3-white dot sights on my Kimber Pro Carry HD II. I tried the white paint - holes too deep, did not fill enough, turned yellow when I cleaned the gun. Tried the acrylic glow-in-the-dark paint - shrank too much, could not see them in daylight, needed time in the sun/under a lamp in order to charge, did not glow for very long. Tried self drying clay (craft store item, very white) - clay was too dry to manipulate and press into site holes, became off white as it was being worked. Finlay I tried this combo:3-dimentional fabric paint, since it shrinks I let it round over above the holes slightly. I then used a hobby knife to cut away the overflow but the plastic paint either pulled free of cut ragged. I Removed the paint and started over but this time I only put the paint in level with the rim of the holes. The paint shrank a bit but it was fine only it was shinny. To dull it down I used some flat clear paint and applied it with a tooth pic. When it dried I had flat white 3-white dot sights.

Later when that went bad I tried something desperate. I mixed 2 part epoxy with some enamel white paint and used that. It dries very glossy so I used the flat clear to dull it down. It has held up the best so far.

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I also tried different colored paints and nothing worked or looked as good as the white.

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...dont forget to use a bit of clear lacquer to protect the paint.
A drop of Super Glue over the dot has worked well for me so far.
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Take your time and be careful. I used the tip of a safety pin to apply the dots. My first attempt didn't come out so neat....haha
I used an over sized tooth pick with the flat back side. It's perfect. I also filled in my engravings on my xds with fingernail polish. All my friends want me to do theirs.
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