Glow in the dark paints absorb the light and then releases it, that’s how they work. It creates the effect of glow in the dark this way while others use the self-emitting light technology. This paint type can be used on different surfaces so the surface will glow when the light is turned off. This type of paint is sure to be available in stores for party supplies. This paint is used to illuminate the surface on parties and they can be in hobby stores or department stores from your area. Sure you can also get them from an online store as well as on offline stores.
Glow in the dark can be found most often used on model rockets. The rockets use this paint for night launches so they could find them easily. Parents can make stars using glow in the dark to create galaxies for their kids. These paints can also be used on t-shirts, RC airplanes, Silhouette Walls, vehicle paint, fishing lures, glow cars, police flashlight, dot rooms, candles and many others.
The Glow in the dark paints have different compositions but most often it is made from a zinc sulfide phosphorescent pigment based in acrylic as the medium, rare alkaline earth metals silicate with aluminate oxide europium and strontium powder as well as other formulations. They can make different combinations in color that ranges from red to green to blue and also yellow green.
The paints that are water-based are also similar to ordinary paints in terms of odor and they are non-toxic, save and odorless. But the solvent based paint is not good for children rooms as they produce harmful odor. To prepare the paint, the mix process is made in which the crystals are to be dispersed evenly within the thick and clear paint medium. This ensures that the glow time as well as clarity is at its highest.
The UV Paint for Signs
This type of paint is usually used as safety paint where it helps in warning people of dangers in dark areas. At night, when we travel, we get to observe several board signs that glows in the dark to warn us of upcoming turns, elevation changes or speed limit. These signs are mostly made from glow in the dark paints and not the radium paint. One best example of its use is with the pedestrian crossing sign. As the headlight of a car comes in contact with the sign, it glows for some time then fades away.
UV Paint for Walls and Ceiling
The most popular among the many uses of this type of paint is with the kid’s bedroom walls and ceilings. Making comets, stars and galaxies on the ceiling of kids’ bedrooms give the feeling that your children sleeps just under the sky. Though it is usually colored blue or green, you can mix it to make the desired effect you want. However though, by adding other pigments to the colors would lessen the glow’s intensity and should be avoided as possible.
UV Paint for Cars
Car enthusiasts also favor the glow in the dark paint as they want their cars to stand out among other cars on the road. It’s possible that you paint your entire car with this type of paint but this will only make the car glow entirely but then it won’t add any creativity. On one hand, you can use this paint as spray paint and make different designs or different wordings to be more creative and this will surely be praised by other people.
UV Paint for Homes
It may seem sophisticated but actually, making your own glow in the dark paint is not hard to do. All you need is just some acrylic gel medium and pure phosphorescent powder. You’ll need 3 parts of the medium and 1 part of the phosphorescent, mix and paint. Make sure you use this paint the same day you make it otherwise you won’t get the best result. You can also use this paint to temporarily make glowing tattoos. Radio-luminescent paint was popular before in specialized applications but recently it has been found that it has harmful effects which is why over the last several years, the glow in the dark paint became an excellent alternative.
Are UV Paints Good For The Environment ?
Over a year of research & development by scientists that specializes in the technology for glow paint resulted in the environmentally friendly paint called Superstarz. Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s became a worldwide concern as a content of paint; scientists addressed this concern and made the first glow in the dark paint with no VOC content.
VOC emissions from paint during the application and on the first 5 years after the application posts as a major contributor to global warming, low level pollution and health problems that are both short term and long term. The Superstarz paint have been under rigorous testing for all its range of products at a UK accredited laboratory for testing and they confirm that it is compliant with the EU Toy Safety Regulations of EN71-3 and it had been certified for being VOC free.
This means that it is safe for children and also for adults to use. They are also beneficial for people suffering from allergies and asthma. This new paint is suited for use on commercial and domestic applications. After 9/11, glow paints had been used largely on many high rise buildings to mark the stairwells and corridors in events where total lighting loss happens. These hi-tech glow in the dark paint meet the brightness & afterglow requirement but now, because it’s VOC free, it’s another advantage to its use. During daytime, the paint is invisible and they come in 4 different colors- violet, blue, green and aqua. This is indeed a big step forward to the technology of glow paint.