I think I've gone crazy... MPi night sight repaint
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    Default I think I've gone crazy... MPi night sight repaint

    I was digging around in my spares box and found a set of East German night sights for MPi series Kalashnikov rifles. The tritium paint on these probably died a long time ago as they no longer glow unless I hold a flashlight to them for about a minute, even then they die out. I'm interested in repainting the reticles (not sure of proper term). However, I know not where to find sight paint or what colour is correct for these sights. If I mess them up I can purchase a new set as they are mere pocket change compared to other AK parts. I intend to make this a learning experience for I have never painted sights before nor really felt compelled to.

    Here's my plan of action:
    1. Either remove old paint or leave it
    2. Take a toothpick and GitD paint and fill reticles with a conservative amount but an even amount as well
    3. Install on rifle
    4. Have fun

    However, I am new to this and as I said I know not where to find paint, let alone the right colour for these. I've never worked with it either so that's another thing all together. Can anyone offer input?

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    The original glow in the dark element was not tritium. I remember seeing what you are looking for some time back. I'd do a google search for the company that sells it.
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    I have been informed that the paint is either radium or phosphorescent.

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    Many of us would appreciate knowing where to get them repainted... safely.
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    There is a lot of non radiant/tritium type glowing paint for sights.

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    Neither the French or the East Germans used tritium - ( a radioactive gas that needs to be encapsulated in glass to "glow" ). What they used was luminescent paint. There are different grades of efficacy available - that will retain varying amounts of light. You can probably buy some at a craft store like Hobby lobby or Michaels. Just paint over the existing, dulled areas.

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    Well now i have a plan of action. I'll post pictures when I obtain paint and redo the reticles. Thanks guys! Although, would regular GitD green or white be more correct for MPi?

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    White

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