Step Three: Clean The Area
After numerous experiments we have found that
a surface that is totally devoid of any grease or oil of any kind
makes for better results. To this end the firearm is thoroughly
cleaned and then the area around the writing to be highlighted
is completely degreased.
We have used rubbing alcohol with very good
results. SO FAR there have been no bad reactions between it and
the parkerizing or bluing on any of our weapons HOWEVER it is
imperative that we always check on an inconspicuous place whether
or not this remains true. Testing of the area should be done for
at least 4 times as long as it is expected that the alcohol will
be used on the exposed surfaces
When the test has been completed we use a
paper towel and thoroughly wet it with 99 percent isopropyl alcohol.
The reason we use such a high concentration is because it seems
more effective than the 70 percent and also because there is less
water in it. Obviously water and firearms don't mix well.
It is important to scrub the lettering very
very well in both circular and side to side motions. A toothbrush
may also be used especially if the lettering is deeper. This step
is very important. All traces of oil and grease or other impurities
should be removed from the lettering and the area around it.
We are careful not to touch this area subsequent
to the cleaning. The oil in the skin, while not terribly significant
can still affect the process slightly.
on to Step Four
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