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Old 05-23-2020, 12:42 AM
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Gun buddy called, our conversations wander:

We know that after its applied to the front sight it still works 10 years later.

But does the liquid still work?
Gonna call the guy who bought it (no point in all of us buying. A bottle) and seeing if he still has/can find it, and see if it's still liquid, and if it still works if he puts it on something.

If he can find it.

Any of y'all got some?
How old?
Does it still work?
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I just use white nail polish, never used glow in the dark paints. Let us know the brand if it is still good.
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Maybe try glow in the dark nail polish. I'm sure it wouldn't be to hard to find.
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I put some on 2 different guns a couple of years ago, it actually works good. You can buy it on Ebay in several colors and it's cheap

A warning though, whatever is in the little bottle will dry up so you need to add a drop of water. The bottles are very small and I've misplaced mine (in other words.....lost)

Other than that, it's held up well enough, other than the fact you have to charge it with a light

I've noticed an LED flashlight works better than a regular flashlight when charging for some reason
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To me it's not worth using.
If you need to see things in the dark, use Tritium sights or battery powered lights.
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the time you waste looking for your sights in the dark can get you killed.
learn how to point shoot!
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To me it's not worth using.
If you need to see things in the dark, use Tritium sights or battery powered lights.
I have enough in red dots to buy a car, and let's not get into tritium...

But if the bottle lasts spending $20 on a bottle isn't a bad took in the tool box.

As to point shooting:
If you aim... The skills carry over to point shooting, but not the reverse!
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I get glow paint at craft stores and wall mart sewing section.
It does not provide indefinate function but a brief hit of light seems to last a minuet or so.
Learning to shoot accurately from the hip has its advantages.
I practice with BB guns at soda cans, they are very responsive.
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I put some on 2 different guns a couple of years ago, it actually works good. You can buy it on Ebay in several colors and it's cheap

A warning though, whatever is in the little bottle will dry up so you need to add a drop of water. The bottles are very small and I've misplaced mine (in other words.....lost)

Other than that, it's held up well enough, other than the fact you have to charge it with a light

I've noticed an LED flashlight works better than a regular flashlight when charging for some reason
^^^^ this.
I use glow paint, got it through Amazon
A few minutes under the light
and it glows all night...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I've had 10 year old Tritium Night Sights that were dead so...

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I have enough in red dots to buy a car, and let's not get into tritium...

But if the bottle lasts spending $20 on a bottle isn't a bad took in the tool box.

As to point shooting:
If you aim... The skills carry over to point shooting, but not the reverse!
Any sight you need to shine a light on before it can be used is worthless to me, regardless of whether or not the paint in the bottle is still good.

Point shooting really has nothing to do with this topic.
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I would think if you kept the bottle closed tightly, drying out shouldnt be a problem. Ive been using the same bottle of gloss white enamel nail polish, as the base coat on sights I dont have tritium on, for over 20 years. Its about half full now. Its still the same consistency its always been, and hasnt thickened in the least.

Ive also had a bottle of fluorescent orange nail polish, that I didnt get the cap snug enough, and it dried out pretty quick.


I can see maybe putting a bottle away as a last-ditch type thing down the road, but for what tritium sights cost these days, and their longevity, even a battery type sight, it would have to be for when that stuff was no longer available and viable.

Ive used the flip-up phosphorescent night sights on a couple of long guns in the past, and while they work OK when first lit, they dropped off pretty quick and were quickly dim. Probably not so much an issue if your eyes are adapted to the dark, but as soon as they arent, they arent much good. At least the night sights come right back quick, even after a direct bright flash.

Realistically, in short order, the glow in the dark stuff is about what the out of date night sights are in brightness, and even though technically "dead", they at least dont need to be charged.
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I put some on 2 different guns a couple of years ago, it actually works good. You can buy it on Ebay in several colors and it's cheap

A warning though, whatever is in the little bottle will dry up so you need to add a drop of water. The bottles are very small and I've misplaced mine (in other words.....lost)

Other than that, it's held up well enough, other than the fact you have to charge it with a light

I've noticed an LED flashlight works better than a regular flashlight when charging for some reason
Black light works even better. I have a five function belt light that has a black light around here somewhere.
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Any sight you need to shine a light on before it can be used is worthless to me, regardless of whether or not the paint in the bottle is still good.

Point shooting really has nothing to do with this topic.
Oh it's not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th option.
It's actually something I thought about because of the book:
the red cliffs of zerhoun

https://www.amazon.com/dp/b073fstkrh...ing=utf8btkr=1

(Free kindle unlimited.) I've read all his works a couple times.

If the bottle stays "good" I'll put one back, and paint the front sight of my "woods walking" paratrooper SKS.

The cheap nail polish might last a few min, but The sight paint lasts much longer.


I have about 10 years worth of aimpoint batteries, 3rd gen NVG'S, tritium red dots, AA eotech and a small solar Pannel to keep them changed etc.


But I'm in this for the long game here.
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I've had 10 year old Tritium Night Sights that were dead so...

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I realized it would cost me about $3k to replace all my glock sights, so rather than spend the money I just started selling them at gun shows and buying one's with newer sights.

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You can buy glow in the dark paint for fishing lures where you buy your fishing supplies. IDK how bright it gets but it should be waterproof anyways.
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Oh it's not my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th option.

If the bottle stays "good" I'll put one back, and paint the front sight of my "woods walking" paratrooper SKS.

The cheap nail polish might last a few min, but The sight paint lasts much longer.

I have about 10 years worth of aimpoint batteries, 3rd gen NVG'S, tritium red dots, AA eotech and a small solar Pannel to keep them changed etc.


But I'm in this for the long game here.
The fact remains you have to first shine a light on it to make it "glow in the dark".
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The fact remains you have to first shine a light on it to make it "glow in the dark".
I'm pretty sure the concept is to "light it up" before sundown/at dusk while in the assembly area. NOT after you're in the OP. (as your compass).
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The fact remains you have to first shine a light on it to make it "glow in the dark".
And your point is?
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Gun buddy called, our conversations wander:

We know that after its applied to the front sight it still works 10 years later.

But does the liquid still work?
Gonna call the guy who bought it (no point in all of us buying. A bottle) and seeing if he still has/can find it, and see if it's still liquid, and if it still works if he puts it on something.

If he can find it.

Any of y'all got some?
How old?
Does it still work?
I don't know about glow in the dark fingernail polish, but do a search for a product called Glo-On, original formula. It has worked well for me in the past.
The small vial is very reasonably priced and will do multiple sights.
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