Glow in the dark painting Introduction
Glow Paints are energized by surrounding light (preferably those with UV rays) e.g.
- Sunlight (5 to 10 minutes charge time)
- UV black light (5 to 10 minutes charge time)
- Normal Fluorescent / Tungsten lights (25 to 40 minutes charge time)
Glow time depends on the grade of the product. Glow in the dark paint can be recharged thousands of times and last for many years.
Glow Paints can be applied by brush or spray gun. If spraying, it would be better to select pigments with a lower particle size (10~30) microns. The paint mixture should be thinned down with thinner.
If you would be painting outdoors, we recommend getting the Epoxy Gloss Protector. This product can be applied onto your painted glow surface to give it a gloss look with industrial standard protection. Suitable for outdoor use.
Glow in the Dark painting is the opposite of normal painting. Normal painting is done under light because the effects would be seen under light.Since the effects of Glow in the Dark would be seen in the dark, it only makes sense to paint in the dark.
But we can’t paint in the dark. We need light to see where we paint. We cannot use normal lights for glow painting. We need to use lights strong in UVB rays, in order to bring out the glow effects while painting.
With this said, Glow in the Dark painting is best done in the dark, under a UV light. UV Black Light activates the glowing effect of the paint, thus enabling you to see exactly where you are painting.
We sell mini 6″ battery operated UV light here. If you would be painting large areas, we would recommend getting an Electrical 2″ or 4″ UV Black Florescent Light.
Glow in the Dark Painting Instructions
- Surface to be painted should be clean
- Background color should be light colored or white. If not, apply a white layer prior to painting.
- Glow Painting should be done in the dark, under a UV Black light.
- Apply at least 2 to 3 coats of paint with a drying time of at least 20 minutes per coat.
- After every coat, charge up the painted surface with the UV light and check for uneven areas.
- It is better to apply more layers of thin coats than less layers of thick coats. Controlling the evenness of the glow paint is not easy with thick coats.
- Depending on the glow powder used in the mixture, the finished surface might be rough to the touch. This can be overcome by applying a layer of Gloss Epoxy over it.
- Gloss Epoxy Protector can be applied by brush but results would be better if it was sprayed on.