This paint can give any room a unique personality. Glow-in-the-dark color is excellent for creating a unique space that’s fun for kids or adding mystery to your living area.
What is Glow in Dark Paint?
Glow-in-the-dark paint is just what it sounds like: ordinary paint that glows under the dark. It is similar to blacklight color except that the effect fades over time.
You can use this type of paint on any surface in your house, but it is most common to see them on toys and bedrooms for children. Glow-in-the-dark paint effects are available for many toys and other items to create an exciting environment.
This paint can also be used on bedroom walls and other areas in your home that need a little mystery. The color will appear to move at night and entertain children (and adults!).
Different types of Glow in the dark paint
Three types of glow-in-the-dark paints are available: phosphorescent, photoluminescent, and dual-action formulas. This type of paint can be applied in various ways: spray, brush-on, etching pen, or markers for finer writing and designs.
A mixture of two types, the top and base layers of paint, is called phosphates-cent paint. The top layer lights up when the base layer reacts with sunlight. If you want your top layer to last longer, it must be charged.
Photoluminescent pigments are non-toxic and behave differently from phosphorescent. It absorbs UV light and emits visible rays. This pigment can paint white objects that glow green under standard room lighting.
The dual-action formula can only work when directly exposed to UV rays and black light. It can last from 12 hours up to several days depending on the amount of exposure.
While brush-on paint is the most straightforward form of glow-in-the-dark paint, it’s also the most ineffective. This paint is only effective if it is exposed to ultraviolet rays or blacklight at least 10 minutes prior to application. Otherwise, the phosphorescent effect will not last very long.
This type of paint works best when it is early in the morning and the sun is still out.
Spray paints can be used outdoors, and require no special preparation. Spray paints are much more efficient than brush-on paints. They can be applied immediately to your walls and will glow as soon as they dry.
Markers and etching pens
The same pigments that are used in photoluminescent pigments can also be used as etching pens and markers. However, they come in a formula that can be applied with a pen or marker.
These paints are best used on non-porous, hard surfaces such as glass, metal, and painted walls. However, you can also apply them to fabric such as t-shirts (although it may take longer).
What does Glow in the Dark work?
Phosphorescence is a process that releases energy as visible light and heat after the paint has been absorbed. This creates Glow in the dark paint. This means that if you expose your paint to UV light or blacklight for 10 minutes, it “charges” it and makes it glow when the lights go out.
This compound contains particles that absorb sunlight and UV rays. Then, they release that energy back into the surrounding environment as visible light.
All types of luminous paint share the same chemical formula so they can be used interchangeably. There are still some important differences, namely the light sources used to charge your paint cores.
Charging with Natural Sunlight
You can charge glow-in-the-dark paint or other types that adhere to phosphorescence by exposing it directly to sunlight before you apply it to a surface such as your ceiling or bedroom wall. The process takes approximately 10 minutes, depending on how strong and angle the sun’s rays are. Make sure that your wall is exposed until it dries completely!
Blacklight can also be used to activate luminous paint. The paint absorbs the ultraviolet light from most blacklights at a wavelength that is close to natural sunlight.
These lights are often used to hide security devices (such as cameras) in adult-themed stores like Spencer’s.
Blacklight is available at hardware and party stores as well as in some department stores. It’s an excellent alternative for those who don’t have windows or live in areas where the sun doesn’t shine all year.
Charge with UV Flashlight
Many glow-in-the-dark paints are available today, and some even mention that they can be charged with a UV flashlight. These luminous paints are made with the same formula as the paint that has been charged with natural sunlight or black light. However, the difference lies in how they are made.
Some luminous paints can be applied with a stencil to create text and shapes. Others are imprinted using silk screening (UV Ink is what makes up the image).
This is a great opportunity for consumers to purchase ready-to-use glow-in-the-dark paint pens or markers. These products can be “flashed” with a UV flashlight once they have been applied to the desired surface. This will activate their glowing properties.
You can work with all kinds of luminous paint, so there is no reason not to incorporate it into your decor.
It can be applied to walls, ceilings, or acrylic sheets.
How long does glow-in-dark paint last?
Glow-in-the-dark paint, as with all things, shines brightest when it is “fresh.” However, as they lose their ability to absorb light, and don’t glow as brightly, you should store them for future use. This is determined primarily by how long the paint has been stored before it’s applied.
Your paint will glow brighter if you activate it as soon as possible. If you buy glow-in-the-dark stars to make a dramatic night sky in your bedroom ceiling, then apply them right away from their packaging.
These types of products don’t require any preparation or drying before being applied to your gown. There’s no risk of them losing their strength.
The environment in which your luminous paints are stored also has an impact on how bright they look after being applied. If a room is darkened or lacks windows, even newly-glowing products will lose some of their effectiveness over time.
These products will last longer if there is more natural light in the space. To “charge” them, hang them near a window or use an outdoor UV flashlight.
You don’t have to be afraid of glow-in-the-dark paint. Its luminescence will fade over time.
These products are great for creating glowing masterpieces on art canvas, accent walls in bedrooms, or simply making your child’s play area more exciting at night.