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What color is best to catch the eye in day and night time hours? I already have paint.

Some have darkened their rear sight with black sharpie.
 

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I asked the same question some time ago, and the answers I got were...White, being very visible in most light conditions, but my favorite is bright fluorescent Green.
 

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I use bright yellow finger nail polish or hobby model paint like the one for model cars. The model paint works best. If you can find it, fluorescent orange or yellow. I used to find it in fishing stores for painting lures but can't find it any more. There is also the glow in the dark paint usually comes in green but can't find it either.
Or change your sights to the XRAY3 Day/Night sights made by Sig Sauer.
They glow constantly and they appear to be battery operated but it is just the type of material is make of.
https://www.sigsauer.com/products/electro-optics/pistol-sights/x-ray3/
 

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I used the green glo paint and it is really good in low light but outside in bright light it isn't so good.
I use a pink fluorescent paint that comes in small bottle at WalMart fabric dept. Actually it stays on the sight better than the glolight stuff did. It also is fairly cheap price at WM. The pink color shows up good in daylight also.
 
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If you're going to paint your sights make sure to clean them good first with alcohol and let dry, remove any fuzzies, then apply a coat of pure white paint first and allow it to dry properly. Then apply the color of your choice over the white. The pure white underneath the color will brighten the color coat in the same way that a light primer applied under a candy color paint will cause the paint to really pop, moreso than if a dark primer were used.

I've seen many AR lowers that have had their "FIRE" markings painted with just red, and the color ends up looking dark and dull. Using white underneath the red will add only a small amount of time to the job but the end result will be a much brighter red.

Green is reported to be the easiest color for the human eye to see, but that doesn't necessarily mean that orange wouldn't be better for a front sight. The only way to find out which color is best for you is to take the time to do some experimentation.

Have fun, Dr. :)
 

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Well, the human eye can see green better than red....the reason behind all the green lasers now, versus the red ones.
Absolutely correct, concerning laser beams. And, rather than just going by what someone wrote, I've actually tested both the red and green laser beams, and green, especially outdoors, shows up much better.
 

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I used the green glo paint and it is really good in low light but outside in bright light it isn't so good.
I use a pink fluorescent paint that comes in small bottle at WalMart fabric dept. Actually it stays on the sight better than the glolight stuff did. It also is fairly cheap price at WM. The pink color shows up good in daylight also.
That's one thing that concerns many folks about using some sort of paint on the front sight. Besides wearing off quickly, the flat surface does more to reflect "glare" from the sun or indoor lighting. The same situation existed when Smith & Wesson installed inserts in their revolvers front sight blade. The top of the "RED" insert they used is flat, and in bright light, it glared rather than made for easy acquisition. S&W never used "glow orange inserts" as some mistakenly claimed in another thread.
In my testing back then, I found that serrating the flat surface, glare was broken up so the front sight became much more pronounced.
Therein lies the trouble with inter-web poor advice, sometimes. Newbies will come on and recommend stuff that they only "READ" about, but never really tested to actually offer any real accurate advice, and only "parrot" what others have claimed.
 

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Front sight blade inserts, when done properly, will outlast paint, or fingernail polish 100:1:



And, as shown here, they glow very well without a whole lot of light.
 

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Green is best for Day & Night many times in day light you cant see the red white and orange but during Day & Night Green stands out the best this is true with Paint , Glow Paint , laser sights !
 
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