In my post on gun sight tape, I mentioned painting the front sight rib of a revolver to make it “brighter” and easier for the eyes to pick up. I have tried various types of paint, from those that are supposed to glow in the dark, to plain enamel, and the Birchwood Casey paint pens seem like a better way to paint front sights to me. This system eliminates the need for paint brushes and open bottles of paint – just uncap the pen, press it against a piece of scrap card board to start the paint flow, apply it, and clean the tip of the pen with alcohol or any paint solvent. This type of paint should be easier and more durable than plain enamel, as well as more visible.
First step in application, after cleaning the sight rib with a solvent to leave it free from oil or grease, is to apply two coats of the Bright White paint as a base coat to make the final color show up even brighter. Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.
For my testing of the Birchwood Casey Paint Pens, I chose Fluorescent Red as my “top coat”. In actual use, it is more orange than red, but I prefer orange for my front sight color, so I have no problem with that.
Application of the paint was very easy, both pens worked as they were supposed to after following the simple instructions – and I WILL use these pens again!