Glow Paint the Basics

Glow in the Dark paint is made by mixing Glow in the Dark Powder with clear (transparent) water or oil based mediums. Glow Powder only works when mixed with clear mediums. Reason is because it works by absorbing and giving out light. This is only possible with transparent mediums.

 

Waterbased Glow Paint

We often get asked as to whether water can be used since it is very transparent. The answer is NO! because water is not a medium as it evoporates. You need to use clear Oil or Water Based mediums like acrylic or epoxy.

Also take note that not all glow powders can be mixed with water based mediums. Only SLG-2W and SLB-2W are water soluble pigments. The rest will oxidise when mixed with water based mediums.

Can we paint Glow Paint over an object to make it glow?

Glow Paint is semi transparent. The moment it is painted over an object, it covers the colour and charateristics of the object to a certain extent. True effect of the transparency comes after the paint has dried.

What this means is that immediately after painting, Glow Paint looks more opaque than it really is. It gets more transparent as it dries, slowly revealing the surface beneath.

How Many Coats Of Glow in the Dark Paint?

 

The image below shows how a surface would look like after varying number of coats. Actual results may vary depending on the painting method. For example, brush painting produces a thicker coat when compared with roller painting. 

Glow Paint after 1 coat

First Coat

How the painted surface looks once dried with only one coat of Glow Paint.

Glow Brightness 25%

Glow Time 1.5 ~ 2.5 hours

Glow Paint after 2 coats

Second Coat

How the painted surface looks once dried with Two coats of Glow Paint.

Glow Brightness 50%

Glow Time 3.5 ~ 5 hours

Glow Paint after 3 coats

Third Coat

How the painted surface looks once dried Three coats of Glow Paint.

Glow Brightness 70%

Glow Time 5.5 ~ 6..5 hours

Glow Paint after 4 coats

Fourth Coat

How the painted surface looks once dried with only one coat of Glow Paint.

Glow Brightness 95%

Glow Time 7 ~ 10 hours

Conclusion

As can be seen from the shots above, you would need to apply at least 3 to 4 layers of paint for a smooth and even surface, with a bright glow.

The image on the right shows 1coat of glow paint over an existing image.

After the paint has dried, it becomes clear. Only the glow powder particles are opaque. But because it is only the first coat, the glow powder only forms a thin layer over the existing bacgrounfd image.

 There are some guidelines that should be followed in order to get the best from your glow paint. You can read more in Glow Painting Instructions.

1 coat with background painting