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Mooncruiser

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DIY "tritium" paint?
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:13:14 PM »
Okay, I'm pretty sure I can't get tritium without a help-along by the DOE, but has anyone had success with a luminescent paint for night sights? I use a white enamel paint pen, and it's okay but I'm thinking glow in the dark here..

coelacanth

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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 11:57:54 PM »
Haven't tried it myself but,  www.siteglo.com   or similarly,  www.glow-on.com
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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 07:28:22 AM »
I tried these http://www.nitesiters.com/Nitesiters_Handgun_Night_Sights.html a few years back.  They didn't hold their luminescence worth a darn.  Half an hour and they were dark.  I ended up giving most of them away to a guy who wanted to try them.  I imagine paint would be the same.

What you can do, though, is buy small vials full of tritium and perhaps drill a hole to insert them in?

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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 10:37:45 AM »
Just sent an order to Siteglo. I don't believe you can get tritium on the open market, but I could be wrong. Tritium us used as a trigger/boost component in nuclear weapons.. :ohmy

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Flash

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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 06:15:01 AM »
There you go.  I knew I'd seen guys selling it.

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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 02:43:39 PM »
I stand corrected, sirs.
I wonder if there's a hazmat shipping restriction?

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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 02:53:16 PM »
From reading the comments associated with that listing, I don't think so.  The guy is apparently based in the UK someplace, but nobody in the US seems to have any issues getting them.


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Re: DIY "tritium" paint?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2012, 01:53:20 PM »
Hhhhhmmmmmm U.K. ......Tritium.......

Let us know if this works, I'd be willing to give it a try
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