Give it a glow with luminous paint!
Glow in the dark paint helps you create spectacular effects on almost any surface. Make your home decoration glow, or let light emitting stones lead the way through your garden; the sky’s the limit when it comes to creative uses of glow in the dark paint! To make sure your project will be a success, we gathered all the need-to-know information and some product suggestions for different glow projects.
Glow in the dark paint – charge it up and let it glow
The secret of glow luminescent paint is in the glow in the dark powder which usually contains phosphors such as silver activated zinc and strontium aluminate. The powder reacts on light by absorbing energy from it. It again releases the energy by emitting light in the dark. Most glow in the dark paints charge up from both natural and artificial light.
The duration of the glow is dependent on factors such as:
- Type of luminous paint; phosphorescent or fluorescent
- Duration of exposure to light; longer exposure usually means longer glow
- Age of the painted surface; the glow fades and duration decreases as the surface gets older.
Many glow in the dark paint manufacturers however, guarantee glow at least for 10 years.
Glow in the dark paint UK availability
|Brand||Product Description||Price (RRP)|
|Rust-Oleum||Child safe glow in the dark wall and ceiling paint in green glow||£64 per litre|
|Rust-Oleum||Glow in the dark spray paint aerosol in aqua blue||£38 per litre|
|Paint Factory||Low glow luminous spray paint aerosol in green||£15 per litre|
|Glowtec; Starglow||Glow in the dark paint outdoor in aqua blue||£99 per litre|
|Glow Rebel UK||Luminous paint for fabrics available in green and blue colours||£89 per litre|
|The Glow Company||Glow in the dark body paint available in 7 colours||£29 per 100 ml|
Phosphorescent glow in the dark paints
Originally, glow in the dark paint is phosphorescent, meaning that the glow comes from phosphor powder. It is applicable as decoration and special effect coating but it can also have an important function for example in illuminating exit routes and signs. Some of these coatings can also be used as glow in the dark body paint. The effect certainly makes you stand out!
In daylight the coating appears semi transparent dark white but lights up in the dark. Phosphorescent paint is the longest glowing luminescent coating; it can glow even 12 hours after the exposure has ended. However, the downside is that it is available in a limited range of colours: often only pale green and aqua blue glows are available. Fluorescent glow paints are available in a wider range of glow colours. You can also get them in colours showing in daylight and strengthening in the dark due to the glow.
Here, you can take a closer look at the fluorescent paint solutions.
Make your walls glow in the dark
Turn off the lights, and the ordinary walls turn into spectacular works of art!
Glow effect on walls is also possible with glow in the dark paints. The two types suitable for such applications are phosphorescent and fluorescent products. There are special wall paints and more general multi-use glow in the dark coatings which are also suitable for walls and ceilings. The glow in the dark wall paint is widely available online.