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Safety Catch Paint...

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Andy Simmons, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Andy Simmons

    Andy Simmons Engaging Member

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    hi was wondering what people have found the best wearing paint for a safety catch? Enamel/nail varnish etc
    Got a brass one I want to paint red on the tip for when safety’s off.
    Cheers
     
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    If its got a recess or groove, red nail varnish will fill it well and is hard wearing. If it's a flat surface, nothing much will stick to brass for long.
     
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    Kev The Fish Buxted Rifle Club Member

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    Hello Andy
    I know a few use nail polish but enamel is probably the better option. Takes longer to dry but a little model paint size tin would last ages
    Kev

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    StellaArtois Sr Springer Whore

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    Half inch some of the Mrs nail varnish. Personally I don't bother with it as I
    always look at the fat end anyway, or pull the trigger and think oh yes I forgot
    to put it on again.
    Ade :thumb:
     
  5. Andy Simmons

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    Cheers guys. Think I got some red enamel paint somewhere so will give that a try first then. :thumb:
     
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    Do you have an indent in the end of the safety you could fill with red enamel?

    Could you drill a dimple into it?
     
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    Brass, aluminium and most non ferrous metals really need 'Etching' to prepare the surface before painting proper. Degrease the brass well, rough the surface a smidges with fine emery paper and treat with an etching primer before painting a final coat. ( etching primer works for plastics as well and is easily available from car accessory shops) spray a little onto a small paint brush and treat the bit you want to paint. follow the drying instructions
     
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    I could drill a dimple in it no problem, but I would like it to be like the original.
    Where the paint is on the original...the metal is thinner so after the paint is put on the diameter is the same as the rest of the metal if that makes sense.
    The brass one isn’t machined like this so might have a go at it tonight, I’ll make sure it’s left a bit rough then try it with just red enamel as an easy option and see if it lasts.
     
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    If it scraps off after a short time then I’ll try the etching primer route.
    Thanks for the tips guys.
     
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    Back in the action...really happy with it :)
     

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    Very smart
     
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