View Full Version : Lacquer-Stiks

September 28, 2006, 03:42 PM
Does anyone know anything about how good the Lacquer-Stiks from Brownells work? What they are for is to highlight engraving or stamped numbers and names on firearms. It says they are permanent, but would they come off during cleaning or oiling of your gun?


George R
September 28, 2006, 05:04 PM
I use them a lot. I keep them in a ziplok bag as the end will dry out. They seem to be impervious to cleaning liquids. I found that I get best results by really leaning on the sticks to rub the lacquer into the gun, then wipe off the excess with mineral spirits. I use red, black and gold.

September 28, 2006, 09:32 PM
I, and most all other gunsmiths and military armorers have used them for many years.

It's actually a paint in a stick form.
You scrape the end to expose fresh material and rub it in the markings until they're full.
Remove the excess with mineral oil or a dab of lacquer thinner on a paper towel.

Let dry for 30 minutes and apply lube to prevent the metal from rusting.
It lasts just about forever, but can be easily removed with lacquer thinner and a toothbrush.

As long as you don't scrub around the filled letters with a brush, rub with a rag, or spill a solvent OTHER THAN bore solvent, it's stays put.
Bore solvents don't seem to attack it that fast.

Southern Cross
October 3, 2006, 02:46 PM
I'm ready to smash my Lacquer-Stiks to pieces! I hate thesde things. I bought them to fill in the trades on my newly acquired SR-25 that camewith subdued trademarks/markings. They filled in the markings fine but left white behind all around them. The to get all of the "ghosting" removed I had to remove the white from the fills. Even after I cleaned it all out I'vebeen scrubbing it forever and the "ghosting" is still there. Is there something I'm missing here. I'd hate to think I just trashed my new rifle's trades. I've been using mineral oil as instructed, thinner, glun cleaner...no luck. Any ideas?

October 3, 2006, 03:25 PM
Southern cross

Sounds like irregular places near what you used the lacquer on. try something more aggressive, maybe on a a Q-tip to keep the liquid out of where you want the lacquer to be..

On a side note to this I have used plain ole crayons to fill in letters and so forth on guns. I have some on Ruger pistols that was done in the 70's and it;s still fine. Just use spray carb cleaner first to make sure no oil or anything is where you want to fill in. Like above a Q-tip will work. Rub to fill then put a piece of t-shirt on a smooth piece of wooden dowel and rub to over the letters or numbers that I have filled, removing any excess.

Southern Cross
October 4, 2006, 10:40 AM
Continued scrubbing has made things a little better...I'm just really disappointed with these things. I'm assuming that they arenot really made for larger areas like I am doing with the Knights etchings...but for much smaller jobs. I am very disappointed with how the end result looks...they fill great but the excees ghosting residue all around the etchings makes me wish I hadn't tried to use the lacquer stiks. My dealer told me it would wear with time and darken back to normal...so I guess I can deal with it for awhile. I've decided to buy a black lacquer stik and see if that helps! I'm going to test it on a small portion first and see if I can get things back to normal...I'll let you know how it goes. Next time though...I'm sticking with crayons...and keep those lacquer stiks away from your mil-black finishes!