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What is all this about "painting" the letters and such with nail polish? What does this do, and is there any advantage in doing it?
 

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It just makes the engraving on the slide stand out more.

It is nothing but an aesthetic choice.
 

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Exactly, just makes it look like above, completely aesthetic, no benefit to the performance at all lol
 

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To quote Mike P

"Fingernail polish. Pre clean with alcohol, dab on the polish.....before dry wipe excess of with NON acetone polish remover. May need multiple coats. My "G" around my Glock could use a little touch up but it's held up great after thousands of rounds and even one session of a 7 mag dump as fast as I could, needless to say she got a little hot on that one."
 

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Well, I'm gonna give it a go. I'll post pics when done. Thanks for all the info.
 

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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6EwQEnacAQ&feature=related[/ame]

As simple as it is right there my man, and most people do a couple coats to make it nice and clean and thick
 

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yes mags too
 

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On my G26, I did my usual gun cleaning ritual, minus the oiling part. Globbed Arctic White nail polish (from my daughters' stash) onto the engraving. Put the slide (and barrel, since I did the engravings on the barrel as well) under a 30-watt desk lamp to cure. Waited 30 minutes or so (while surfing the posts on here), then carefully scraped off with a flexible razor. Had some excess, wiped it off with non-acetone nail polish remover and tissue paper.

Nearly 3,000 rounds later and six cleaning sessions (I use ultrasonics), markings are still clear and do not need touchup.

More photos of other methods can be found on this thread here: http://www.glockforum.com/forum/f16/painted-letter-thread-lets-see-them-837/

Cheers!
 

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Can it be removed if I don't care for it?
Yes. Nail polish remover. Use the non-acetone remover with an old plastic toothbrush to scrub it out the engravings (an acetone-based remover will dissolve the toothbrush, and may -I am not sure- affect the polymer frame, so work on the slide with it off the frame).

I do not think you will not like it, once you have done it! I've shown off my '26 to several buddies, and 2 of them want to pay me to do their Glocks and the third wants to do it himself.

If the finish looks less than perfect, give it another coat. The engarving lines are very narrow, so sometimes more than one coat is needed.
 

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To quote Mike P

"Fingernail polish. Pre clean with alcohol, dab on the polish.....before dry wipe excess of with NON acetone polish remover. May need multiple coats. My "G" around my Glock could use a little touch up but it's held up great after thousands of rounds and even one session of a 7 mag dump as fast as I could, needless to say she got a little hot on that one."
I used Testors model car paint. Just dab it on with a very small brush and take a piece of stiff card stock and wipe over the letters, then use a rag dampened with a small amount of Testors thinner. When it is completely dry lightly wipe over the whole thing again.

Works great and comes in a lot of different colors.
 

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Bought the brightest fluorescent orange nail polish from Kmart for $2, and it works like a charm. The best part is if you don't like it, steal some of your wife's nail polish remover and it comes right off without a trace.
 
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