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Old 03-21-2013, 10:42 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by trip286 View Post
Shouldn't have a problem as long as it's dry.
Trip is correct.

I think you did a great job. I really like it.

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Old 03-25-2013, 04:07 PM   #12
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Thank you to everybody for the kind words :-)

unclebear: I first cleaned all of the components with hoppes #9 to ensure I was working with a smooth surface that was free of dirt. I then used nail polish to paint over the engraved text areas, as well as the slide serrations. I waited about 30 minutes to an hour for the polish to dry (depending on how thick of a coat I laid down), and gently wiped the polish off with a NON-ACETONE nail polish remover. The engraved text areas were easier to clean up because the paint was able to sit in the grooves and I could just gently wipe the surface right over them. The slide serrations were much more tricky, and I wound up using q-tips and toothpicks to do the fine detailing. Then just repeat as many times as necessary. The pink came out great by the 2nd coat. The green was a different brand of nail polish and took about 20 coats to get to where it is right now. I'm considering adding a few more coats to make it a little more vibrant and to cover up some of the flaws I missed initially.

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What is there to burn?? The flammable solvent has evaporated.

I thought this was going to be about throwing some solvent soaked rags into a bucket after applying a BUNCH of nail polish and having a fire. That would be more feasable than this situation.

PS just read above post.

Dont be surprised if it peels. If metal mags clean w/ the acetone or break cleaner before painting. I have not used Hoppes in a long time but it seems it is a petroleum base(oil) and the paint wont stick too well. . Plastic--dont bother painting.

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:10 AM   #14
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My buddy used blue nail polish to detail his .22 rifles' bull barrel problem there as its a .22 and a bull barrel lol
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