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Old February 3rd, 2013, 11:01 PM   #16
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Looks nice! I haven't done it yet, I had seen some done with the China white markers that looked like it didn't come out of the finish completely where it wasn't wanted so I don't know if they just didn't clean it up thoroughly or what but I may try your technique instead, I never thought of that using fingernail polish paint. Good tip! Thanks. Let us know if it's durable over time. I guess it'd be easy enough to do over if necessary.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 03:16 AM   #17
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Well, heck, I might have to try this method on a receiver I have coming in.

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Good job jersey. I'm like hammonje..."low tech". I used China Markers (grease pencils) in white or red. Like you said, there's a "cloudy" color left around the markings after the excess is wiped off. I used a dab of grease on my finger to get the whole area back to a normal color, instead of oil, but got similiar results.

I think your way is better, for sure but my way only took a half hour max! It helps too, if you have a good heel stamp to begin with. LRB seems to have a very good stamp with crisp edges to the lettering?


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Yep, look sgreat. I did this to the marks, and the windage and elevation knobs on mine. Didn't do the heel though, because the SAI stamping just isn't deep enough for it. Oh well.

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Looks nice! I haven't done it yet, I had seen some done with the China white markers that looked like it didn't come out of the finish completely where it wasn't wanted so I don't know if they just didn't clean it up thoroughly or what but I may try your technique instead, I never thought of that using fingernail polish paint. Good tip! Thanks. Let us know if it's durable over time. I guess it'd be easy enough to do over if necessary.
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I am curious if it will last over time, too. I am told it's more durable than one might expect, but we'll see.

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Well, heck, I might have to try this method on a receiver I have coming in.
Yes, do so and post your pix here!

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Good job jersey. I'm like hammonje..."low tech". I used China Markers (grease pencils) in white or red. Like you said, there's a "cloudy" color left around the markings after the excess is wiped off. I used a dab of grease on my finger to get the whole area back to a normal color, instead of oil, but got similiar results.

I think your way is better, for sure but my way only took a half hour max! It helps too, if you have a good heel stamp to begin with. LRB seems to have a very good stamp with crisp edges to the lettering?

Thank you, Sir!
Try my way and let me know what you think, and yes the LRB receivers really have nice crisp heel stamps.

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Yep, look sgreat. I did this to the marks, and the windage and elevation knobs on mine. Didn't do the heel though, because the SAI stamping just isn't deep enough for it. Oh well.
I was thinking about doing some other parts on the rifles as I am building them up. Not sure if I will or not.....maybe just the bolt markings. Still undecided myself.

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I will redo some of my toys,I did some conservative approach & messed it up. This is something to look forward to do during my spare time. Awesome !!! Thanks JERSEY.

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I will redo some of my toys,I did some conservative approach & messed it up. This is something to look forward to do during my spare time. Awesome !!! Thanks JERSEY.
No prob. Happy to help. Good luck with your project, and let me know if you have any questions!

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I just use oil pastel crayons from Hobby Lobby. I'm low tech.
I just used a white Crayola Crayon on my Glock; wiped off the mess with hoppe's. I haven't done a parkerized gun though.

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Brian,

Good tutorial and great pics.

Did you go with a NON Acetone based finger nail polish remover because it gave better control and did not take off too much, too fast? Or was there another reason?

Good warnings about getting everything put back correctly. ALSO, don't spill the polish remover or any cleaner or grease on a kitchen table or coffee table so as not to invite the wrath of She Who Must Be Pleased.

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Yep, look sgreat. I did this to the marks, and the windage and elevation knobs on mine. Didn't do the heel though, because the SAI stamping just isn't deep enough for it. Oh well.
This is a good idea and makes sense... I plan on doing the windage and elevation marks too.

I don't care about the heel stamping.

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Nice write up including the step by step with photos. I've seen pics of various forms of "coloring" the numbers and lettering on receiver heels and thought that it just wasn't my "cup of tea". However, after seeing this post and recognizing my eyesight isn't what it once was, I think that my M1A will be getting tis treatment for the windage notches on the receiver heel, along with the elevation and windage knobs. Thanks for posting this - Bill in MA
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Yep, look sgreat. I did this to the marks, and the windage and elevation knobs on mine. Didn't do the heel though, because the SAI stamping just isn't deep enough for it. Oh well.
Just for you guys



Still needs to be detailed, but thought you'd like it.

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And a bolt. Man, I need to cut my fingernails!!


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Looks great! awesome way to dress up our favorite battle rifle! Thank you for sharing.

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Brian,

Good tutorial and great pics.

Did you go with a NON Acetone based finger nail polish remover because it gave better control and did not take off too much, too fast? Or was there another reason?

Good warnings about getting everything put back correctly. ALSO, don't spill the polish remover or any cleaner or grease on a kitchen table or coffee table so as not to invite the wrath of She Who Must Be Pleased.
Thanks Gus!!
It was recommended that I go with the non-acetone based nail polish remover because that way I can use it on a broader range of firearm finishes. Even though I really only would do this on my military rifles / pistols, I figured it couldn't hurt to just get in the habit of using something that is safer than acetone-based nail polish remover, that way down the road in case I forget I will hopefully be okay. We'll see. I am probably giving myself entirely too much credit there!!

Yes, spills are BAD!!! Almost found out the hard way on that one....hence me doing all of this in the kitchen!!!

Thanks for chiming in, much appreciated!!!

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Thank you, Sir!!

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Great post, will have to give it a try. The nail polish should be durable enough for this application. I've used nail polish, auto paint, and rattle can paint, to mark zero'd iron sights and scope and other optic sights mounted on 1913 rails, as confirmation marks and the nail polish and auto paint last the longest with regular use and gun cleaning.

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