All Need to Know About Glow-in-the-dark Painting
Three things always put smiles on the faces of children and adults who still have the joy of youth: soap bubbles floating in the breeze, helium-filled balloons, and things that glow in the dark. If you add these magic like stars to your space, it will surely make you enjoy the night even more.
Glow-in-the-dark paints carry inorganic phosphorescent objects that absorb visible and ultraviolet wavelengths of light and then re-emit visible light, or luminous. In this blog, you will explore the secrets of glow-in-the-dark painting.
- Part 1. How glow-in-the-dark paint works?
- Part 2. How to choose your glow-in-the-dark paints?
- Part 3. What can be painted with glow-in-the-dark paints?
- Part 4. Tips on glow-in-the-dark painting
Most glow-in-the-dark paints and materials use phosphors such as zinc sulfide or the newer strontium illuminate, which produce a brighter glow over a longer period of time. The glow in the dark fades with time in dark wall.
Usually, the light released immediately after charging becomes brighter for the first half-hour as the atoms are excited and begin to fade as they calm down. Products using zinc sulfide can glow in the dark for up to half an hour, while those using strontium aluminate can glow for up to 12 hours.
Explore our top picks below:
- Neon paints: These paints are technically not neon, they just glow like neon
- UV-reactive paints: This product only glows when exposed to black-light, it does not glow without black-light, also known as fluorescent paints
- Day-glow paint: This just means that the paint will also glow in daylight
- Glow in the dark paint: This type of paint needs to be charged by exposing it to a conventional light source in order to glow. They have small phosphorescent crystals that can be charged with UV light like a battery, and they emit bright light when charged.
A. Types of glow-in-the-dark paints
1. Water-based glow-in-the-dark paint
Water-based paints, also known as no-toxic fabric paints, are made from natural ingredients. They dry faster, which can be a strength or weakness, it depends on the project.
Water-based paints tend to be cheaper and more readily available. They are more environmentally friendly and emit fewer fumes than chemical paints, so you don't have to worry about them negatively impacting your children or pets. DIY projects using water-based paints are easy to clean up because all you need to do is clean the brush with water. However, water-based paints do not work well when exposed to high humidity, so they are ideal for home decor.
2. Glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
Glow-in-the-dark acrylic paints are chemical-based and consist of colored pigments suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion.
Acrylic paint set produce more fumes than water-based paints and are less environmentally friendly. Acrylic paint set tend to adhere to surfaces better than water-based paints but are more difficult to clean up, as paint thinners are often required to clean brushes, spills or splatters that may occur. They are better suited for outdoor projects because of their ability to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity levels.
Another reason they are better suited for outdoor work is that they are fade-resistant, which means that UV light will not cause them to discolor over time.
B. Recommended brands for glow-in-the-dark paints
1. AURORABright Green for solid surfaces
Aurora Bright Green Glow Dark Paint, manufactured by Space Beams, is one of the best outdoor glow-in-the-dark paint products on the market for use on fabrics and solid surfaces only. It can be applied to many different surfaces such as wood metal, plastic, glass, rock, fabric, etc.
It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use but is not recommended for use on the body or face. It only takes about 10 seconds of powerful charging and it can be charged for 12 hours using a UV flashlight or direct sunlight. With proper care, you can continue to charge it and it will last for many years.
2. MIDNIGHT GLO UV Body paint for face and body
The best glow-in-the-dark paint is Midnight Glo UV Body Paint. it comes in eight bright fluorescent neon colors: yellow, orange, purple, blue, pink, white, red and green. At your party or event, your skin will glow with all these amazing color combinations and designs when the blacklight or UV light is on. Please avoid applying this paint near or around your eyes as it can cause damage.
This product is washable, glow-in-the-dark paint that can be easily removed with a water wash without scrubbing. However, it can withstand your body's sweat.
The paint is easy to apply, dries quickly and leaves your skin looking shiny. The glow-in-the-dark paint is harmless and can be applied to the skin. However, do not let it get on your clothes as it can cause stains.
3. NEON NIGHTS Phosphorescent Glow Pigment
Neon Night Phosphorescent paint is a loose paint powder that is perfect for any large project you are working on. It contains 3.5 ounces of paint powder, which you can mix with any type of adhesive of your choice.
For best results, we recommend that you mix it with a clear binder to give the brightest shine. A good binder can be a clear polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, lacquer or epoxy, which gives it the best glow in the dark spray paint.
When mixing with paint, higher ratios are required, see manufacturer's instructions. So if you want to get your kids interested in arts and canvas painting, or get yourself to enjoy a variety of wall art, then neon glow-in-the-dark paints are just what you need.
First, find the perfect rock for painting. Pick up some of the smoother rocks on your walks or buy very smooth rocks at a landscaping supply store.
Then remove the garden hose or hand wash the rocks in the sink with soap and water. Make sure your rocks are dry before proceeding to paint them. You can paint as many rocks as you like. The easiest option is to use ready-made glow-in-the-dark paint.
You can seal the glowing rocks to ensure that your artwork will not fade over time. Our luminescent artwork can be used outdoors for decades, so sealing your rocks with our coatings is optional. There are many sealers available for added protection.
2. Canvas painting
Glow in the dark painting for wall decor is easy and can be done by almost anyone, and it is perfect for kid room. There are some preparations required before hand-painted.
Firstly, make sure the surface is dust-free and smooth. Try not to paint it on a dark background and give the surface a white or any other light-colored coating.
Also, you need to work under UV light so that the paint can charge and then make it glow later.
In addition, try to keep the number of coats to 2 or at most 3 as the paint will glow and you don't want to waste any paint. This is because the more coats you apply, the harder it is to control the smoothness of the finish.
Wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the glow-in-the-dark paint to dry between coats. It is recommended that you spray the finished surface with an epoxy protector to increase its durability.
- Some types of luminous paints from glowing in the dark can be harmful to your skin. That's why it's important to use the correct formulation of glow-in-the-dark paints on your face and body. Be sure to check the information on glow-in-the-dark paints before you buy.
- Glow-in-the-dark paints are made using luminous phosphorescent particles in the glow-in-the-dark painting. These particles are charged by UV light or sunlight and can then hold a charge and glow for a period of time.
- Some permanently used dark coatings will begin to fade after a period of time, but high-quality types of coatings can last 20 years or more.
- Glow-in-the-dark paints need to be charged before they can glow and must be exposed to some form of light (such as sun or UV) in order to glow. If the glow-in-the-dark paint is used indoors, then ordinary indoor lighting should be sufficient to charge the paint and make it glow.
- Most luminous paints are body and face paints. Glow-in-the-dark paint also clear luminous, but it first needs to be charged, and then it can glow without any light source.