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Old 11-09-2019, 09:23 PM
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Seeking advice on a painted 22A front sight



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I picked up a S&W 22-A from a local pawnshop for a song yesterday. I wasnít looking for one, but it was too good to pass up. Anyway, previous owner attempted to pain front sight white (and made a real mess of it). Appears to have a painted on type of finish which is why Iím askingÖ If I use acetone or something like that, will it take off all of the finish, or just the white? Ideas. Thanks!
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Old 11-10-2019, 11:34 PM
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I would be a little hesitant to try to remove the paint. I might try covering it up instead using a bluing pen. Uncle Larry sells one for a decent price.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1006361137?pid=178848

It might be a something to try before risking permanently damaging the blueing on your 22-A.
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Old 11-11-2019, 02:32 AM
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I have cleaned front Sights of paint using acetone on a Q tip. Have did any harm to the blueing.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:52 PM
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Iíve used finger nail polish remover and a tooth brush on my k22ís sights without damaging the finish . A little remover on an old toothbrush, hold gun upside down and lightly brush till paint is gone . Clean up with a little gun oil . Got this from an old gunsmith friend.
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:01 AM
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A lot of answers miss the point here, since the finish of the 22A is not blued. I think that S&W uses a bake on enamel on the upper parts of the 22A pistols. I have used all kind of gun cleaners on my early 22A without ill effect but if I were presented with the problem of paint being sloshed over the front sight, I would first try to scrape it off with a very sharp blade, like an X-acto knife.

If the black finish should get damaged in the process, I would refinish it with a spray on enamel.

https://www.thehighroad.org/index.ph...e-help.368163/

A couple of tips for shooting the S&W22A: keep the screw underneath the barrel tight or the claw at the end of the rib will break. Make sure, that you do not dry fire the gun; my firing pins broke every 20,000 rounds and I think that S&W no longer supports this model.

You can see how the finish has come off on this old gun:


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Old 01-23-2020, 06:04 PM
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I picked up a S&W 22-A from a local pawnshop for a song yesterday. I wasnít looking for one, but it was too good to pass up. Anyway, previous owner attempted to pain front sight white (and made a real mess of it). Appears to have a painted on type of finish which is why Iím askingÖ If I use acetone or something like that, will it take off all of the finish, or just the white? Ideas. Thanks!
I got a 22A-1 used for about $150 around 10 years ago at a gun show. The area above the chamber was peened due to dry firing. Got some recoil buffers from S&W for free. They may still have some, call them.

It's a real good shooter. Put a Bushnell TRS-25 with a quick release on it. I don't like the curve of the trigger, wish it was flatter. It did not come with the S&W box shown.
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:46 PM
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Try using the sharp edge of a credit card as a scraper (ruler of scrapers for stuff like this is always use something softer than the gun finish underneath). It should pop the paint off with NO chance of finish damage. Then use a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol first to polish up and if that doesnt work gently try some fingernail polish remover (rule of solvents is to start with 'gentle' and work your way up to 'more aggressive').
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