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    Hey everyone, I apologize if this has been asked before. Does anyone know how I can permanently remove the factory luminescent HK paint from my rear sight? Thanks ahead of time.

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    Try rubbing alcohol or paint thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfghanVet View Post
    Try rubbing alcohol or paint thinner.
    cover it up with a sharpie?

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    ^^This would be the easiest way.

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    I'm not sure what the rest of the factory sights are finished in, but looking at my P30, it looks like a kind of paint.
    The stuff is good and durable, but there might be a chance you'll strip the whole sight if you try to get the dots off with harsh solvents.

    I'd try some kind of black 3M vinyl tape across the back, trimmed to the sight profile.
    I remember using that stuff to line caution areas on the concrete floor of a factory I used to work in, and it was incredibly durable. We tested it by doing burnouts across it with a forklift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palmettostate View Post
    Tape on your sights?? Sharpie??? Really?? Acetone or brake cleaner removes most paint.
    Right, so see my point about the rest of the sight possibly being painted, too. Do you want to strip the entire sight down to metal just to get rid of the dots?

    Like you said, it removes most paint. If you had a dot of paint on the hood of your car, would you use paint stripper to remove it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmettostate View Post
    Tape on your sights?? Sharpie??? Really?? Acetone or brake cleaner removes most paint.
    Yes, really. Let me add that I've used the acetone and brake cleaner. It doesn't come off. Sharpie and magic marker rub off. I wouldn't have asked if I didn't try the others first.
    Quote Originally Posted by ta8218 View Post
    I'm not sure what the rest of the factory sights are finished in, but looking at my P30, it looks like a kind of paint.
    The stuff is good and durable, but there might be a chance you'll strip the whole sight if you try to get the dots off with harsh solvents.

    I'd try some kind of black 3M vinyl tape across the back, trimmed to the sight profile.
    I remember using that stuff to line caution areas on the concrete floor of a factory I used to work in, and it was incredibly durable. We tested it by doing burnouts across it with a forklift.
    Thanks for the solid advice. I'll try the 3M tape to see if it works for me.

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    It is luminous paint, the same thing used on watches. There will likely be depressions under the dots as luminous "paint" is thick so it probably was not printed on a flat surface. Although I have not removed any so don't know this for certain.

    The binder used in luminous paint is hard, so you might have to dig it out with something sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stunod_niknud View Post
    It is luminous paint, the same thing used on watches. There will likely be depressions under the dots as luminous "paint" is thick so it probably was not printed on a flat surface. Although I have not removed any so don't know this for certain.

    The binder used in luminous paint is hard, so you might have to dig it out with something sharp.
    I figured it was something like that. It is a lot more durable than just paint. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmettostate View Post
    Tape on your sights...........you put out he money for an HK then want to put tape on your sites. You come on here asking how to remove paint of all things, don't like the answer you get and you choose tape.

    I refinish firearms on the side and I have used acetone and or brake cleaner to prep and remove many different types of paint people apply on their own.
    The issue is that those dots are probably more solvent-resistant than the finish on the rest of the sight. They seem like some kind of hard resin.
    This isn't some idiot that painted their WASR with krylon, it's HK, and they didn't want those dots coming off.

    Just because you charge people to duracoat their guns in your spare time doesn't mean your advice carries any weight on this matter. How many HK dots have you removed from factory sights without stripping the rest of the sight?

    If he doesn't like tape, he can take it off. If he takes your advice, he'll probably be buying new sights.

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