Nail Polish Gun Detailing... Spontaneous Combustion?

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by BigBoyP99TrooperIII, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. BigBoyP99TrooperIII

    BigBoyP99TrooperIII New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I painted my Walther P99 and mags today with some green and pink nail polish. I think it looks pretty sweet, but I'm wondering if it's gonna create a problem when I go to shoot it. I'm pretty sure nail polish is not supposed to be around excessive heat or flame. I only shoot about 50-100 rounds from this gun each trip to the range. Do you think the heating up of the barrel or the friction of the slide on the frame will cause the polish to melt or catch fire / explode?

    Attached some pics for reference to my question and for those who just enjoy gun porn ;-)

    Thanks for your input!

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  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Shouldn't have a problem as long as it's dry.
     
  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    put a clear coating of something over the paint be careful with solvents and you shouldnt have any problems. i sue nail polish on a lot of mine to highlight numbers and dots on sights. ive never had anything shoot loose.

    long as you cleaned the metal of oil and grease and dirt it shouldnt come off just shooting it.

    nice job btw
     
  4. MCarter788

    MCarter788 New Member

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    I had a friend do the same thing and his came off the next time he cleaned his gun. If that wouldn't have happened I would consider doing it to one of my guns too.
     
  5. ElGaby

    ElGaby New Member

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    Look very clean and nice!! Might have to try it out my self!
     
  6. Kraj

    Kraj New Member

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    Your fine. Don't scrub it when you clean your gun and it should last awhile. If it randomly caught on fire you would of heard about it by now
     
  7. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I'm going to be this guy but how did you do that?
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have to agree that there should not be a problem with fire.

    I've yet to see a female smoker's fingers ignite.
     
  9. deadsp0t

    deadsp0t New Member

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    Looks like you did a first class job! Wouldn't have been my first choice in colors but hey it's not mine lol again good looking work!
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Trip is correct.

    I think you did a great job. I really like it.
     
  11. BigBoyP99TrooperIII

    BigBoyP99TrooperIII New Member

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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.
     
  12. langenc

    langenc New Member

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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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  13. TimL2952

    TimL2952 New Member

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    My buddy used blue nail polish to detail his .22 rifles' bull barrel flutes...no problem there as its a .22 and a bull barrel lol