State-of-the-Art Paint Technology
Whether you're looking for an innovative way to paint your ceiling, one-of-a-kind wall décor, out-of-this-world wall mural ideas, a dazzling party decoration, or a way to make your house number shine brightly all night long, glow-in-the-dark paint is your one-stop solution! Glow-in-the-dark paint does just that - it glows bright when the lights are off and the sun goes down. While glow-in-the-dark technology has been around for decades, the old zinc-based glow products stayed aglow for minutes at best and often managed only weak glow strengths. Modern innovations in glow-in-the-dark technology, however, create objects which emit a powerful glow that can stay lit for up to 16 hours a night.
How Glow-in-the-Dark Paints Work
Glow-in-the-dark paints work by using self-emitting light technology which absorbs and releases light, creating the glow-in-the-dark effect. Using a combination of liquid resin, diluting agents, and suspension agents, today's glow-in-the-dark products feature brightness and lengths of persistence which are ten times greater than their earlier phosphor/zinc sulfide counterparts, allowing them to be recharged indefinitely. You can find glow-in-the-dark paints in hobby huts, craft shops, and party stores, as well online, or you can use glow-in-the-dark powder to make glow paint, glow wall art, glow candles, glow fishing lures, and more.
All glow paints are non-toxic, harmless, and free of radioactive additives. While most of these paints are virtually invisible in daylight hours, you can also find daylight color versions.
Uses of Glow-in-the-Dark Paints
There are thousands of modern-day uses for glow-in-the-dark paint, including:
•- Toy model rockets which can be launched and found at night
•- Glow-in-the-dark stars used to illuminate children's night time ceilings and reveal the wonders of far-away galaxies
•- Glow paint strips to illuminate cars, boats, trailers, and other vehicles
•- Glow candles
•- Glow flashlights (No more floundering aimlessly in the dark searching for your flashlight!)
•- T-shirt painting
•- Glow hair
•- Glow body gel
•- Glow gravel/rocks
•- Glow stickers & pellets
•- Glow-in-the-dark LED nightlights
•- Glow-in-the-dark remote controls
•- Designer glow blinds (the latest in interior decorating innovations!)
•- Glow-in-the-dark house numbers
•- Glow-in-the-dark light-switch surrounds
•- Glow-in-the-dark hand rails
•- Glow-in-the-dark stair treads
•- Glow-in-the-dark murals
•- Glow-in-the-dark jewelry
•- Glow-in-the-dark watches
•- Glow-in-the-dark nails
Glow-in-the-Dark Canned Spray Paint
Easy to apply (just shake the can and spray!) and highly durable, glow-in-the-dark spray paint is waterproof, weatherproof, and quickly becoming a painter's favorite! Available in both daylight invisible and daylight color varieties, you can use glow-in-the-dark spray paint on everything except soft plastic and surfaces sensitive to solvent-based paints.
Eco-Friendly Glow-in-the-Dark Paints
Eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark paints are daytime invisible and represent a major stride into the future for glow paint technology. Developed in response to global concern about volatile organic compound levels (VOC's) - which are said to contribute to global warming, low-level pollution, and long-term health problems - these "green" paints have been certified 100% VOC free and comply with EU Toy Safety Regulations, making them safe for children, adults, and asthma and allergy sufferers.
Modern-day applications of eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark paints are witnessed in both domestic and commercial settings, such as safety markings on high-rise buildings and the illumination of corridors and stairwells during electrical outages (blackouts).
Make Your Own Glow-in-the-Dark Paint
Although the glowing properties will only last a few hours, making your own glow-in-the-dark paint is a project enjoyed by all!
Here's what you'll need:
•- Glow-in-the-dark powder
•- Paint tray
•- Clear paint medium
In a ratio of four parts to one, mix clear paint with glow-in-the-dark powder in the paint tray (using the paint mixture within a few hours for the brightest glow). Paint the desired object and let it dry for 24 hours. Shine a bright light on the dry paint for a few minutes, turn off the lights, and enjoy basking in the glow!