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Blacking Out White Text......!

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Billythefish, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Hello good people........i recently purchased a Gamo Phox which i have had some excellent results from in early days, my first PCP.

    What really does my dinger in about this and much more expensive rifles is however, the manufactuers choice to decorate our guns with lovely white text on the black background of the gun.

    They dont seem to do this on firearms or for that matter springers much /gripe.

    Anybody got any tips on how to do a really good job on remove these white texts from my beloved, or am I looking at getting the barrel blacked or potentially lazer etched to remove the text?

    Same for the scope too, Hawkes i really like but they like their white text too.......

    Many thanks for any helpful feedback in advance
     
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    That hurts Barely Active

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    Never seen it as a problem TBH, but how about just going over with a fine tipped black permanent marker ?
     
  3. Ramsay

    Ramsay .... gone Plinking

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    Any photos....?
     
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    It’s a anodised finish.

    a light rub down, clean and aerosol paint will do the trick if you’re feeling brave.
     
  5. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Bravery isnt in my tool box - airguns seem to be kinda like cars, buy one of teh conveyer belt no problem, buy the parts to build one its like x 3 the cost!

    Do you have any utube like links to people who have done this sort of thing successfully Mikey please?
     
  6. Mortimer

    Mortimer Lord Haw Haw

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    I think @ Paul Chell on here replaces white lettering with gold. It'd be worth asking him, I'm sure.
     
  7. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks i might give him a try he hugely regarded from what i read on these places.

    I dont get the mentality of it though, its like their wanting your gun to be a mascot/walking advert for their company!
     
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    monsta41 Donator

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    black nail polish...fill the lettering and wipe away excess when almost dry



    not an airgun but same process
     
  9. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    The offending text as you can see its very bright, shiny and bit cartoon like. 2020-03-25 19.03.51.jpg
     
  10. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Upside down dooh nvm dark days we live in at the moment!
     
  11. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Has anybody tried Hydro Dipping on their guns and is it permant?
     
  12. shadowryder

    shadowryder Shootin' the Breeze!!

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    I have had stocks hydro dipped and yes its permanent.
    once hard it has a paint like finish.
    You would need to strip the gun as it would not be practical to submerge complete gun in water with valves etc fitted.
     
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    PhatMan Posting Addict

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    Billy,

    Just cut some strips of gaffer tape, and use those to cover the offending text.

    Covers the texts, and protects the actions surfaces :)

    Have fun & a good weekend :)

    Best regards

    Russ
     
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  14. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Well it work, I actually used plumming tape as protection on my mountain bike to prevent chain lash.........but im looking for something a bit more cosmetic here :p
     
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  15. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Shadow i think hydro dipping seems to be most viable option atm
     
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  16. Jay Butts

    Jay Butts Life, it’s so much better than the alternative!

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    Billy, Uni-ball (Mitsubishi) make a cracking range of paint pens. I’ve been using them for years as when it dries it gives an excellent match to gun blue. Not too matt, not too glossy!

    Whilst it’s nothing like good gun blue, it’s way stronger than permanent marker and will last for months and months in a low wear area.

    Amazon Uni-ball Posca
     
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    greyskull Busy Member

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    I have never tried this, so at your own peril, but I wondered wether nail polish remover might remove the white painted lettering, ?????????
     
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    Depends on the finish. Most stuff is laser-etched which you'll never "remove" since it itself is achieved through the removal of the existing finish.. So your only option really is to try to cover it with something.

    If the etching is rough / recessed you could try bleeding some black dye / ink into it and removing the excess to dull the brighness of the lettering; although I'm not sure how well this would work. On anodised finishes I suspect the surface remains unbroken but the laser knackers the ink within it, but I might be wrong.

    From the pics posted the lettering looks more like paint; which can be removed with a suitable solvent - for example paint stripper or acetone. That said be aware of the finish that the paint has been applied to; anodising is pretty chemically stable so shouldn't be affected by solvents, however if the block is also painted or powder coated solvents will likely knacker its finish.

    Also be aware that they'll also damage the finish on wooden stocks as well as the finish and substrate of synthetic stocks. Finally removing the markings will probably devalue the gun if this is of concern to you.
     
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  19. Billythefish

    Billythefish Well-Known Member

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    I think ill give Jay Butts pens a blast then, seems the pontentially least risky option nice one for the advice thanks :)
     
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  20. Jay Butts

    Jay Butts Life, it’s so much better than the alternative!

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    Billy, it’ll work. I swear by this stuff. I actually keep one in my gun box. Hey, it defo won’t damage your finish and honestly the colour is a spot match for gun blue. If you ain’t happy I’d be gobsmacked.
     

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