How to make a glow in the dark paint?

Dec 07, 2021
Glow paint consists of glow powder mixed with clear organic resin, organic solvents and in some cases other materials. Once mixed, it can absorb light and glow in the dark for hours.

Mixing Instructions for Luminous Paints

1. Choose transparent, neutral or weak acid organic resins like polyurethane resin, acrylic acid resin, epoxy resin, polyester resin, etc..
2. For painting purposes, particle size of pigments can be between 10~15um or 25~50 um is recommended.
3. Mix about 20 to 50% of luminous pigment, measured by weight, to the clear resin. This is just a guideline. You could add more or less according to your requirements
4. Do not grind the luminous pigment.
5. Use containers with ceramic or glass interiors and stir the mixture at high speed.
6. To avoid deposits, you should use high viscosity resins or anti-settling agents. Stir well prior to application, process small batches at a time.
7. Do not use heavy metal components as additives.
8. The more powder or higher the percentage, the brighter and longer the glow will last.
9. Add Medium to powder, not powder to medium. That way you can stop when desired glow effect is reached.
10. Use a white or light color as a background for best results. Any color other than white will diminish glow.
11. If painting a black surface with powders, brilliance will be much less.
12. Use the clearest vehicle possible. Any color in the vehicle will decrease the brightness and length of glow.
13. The thicker (to a point) the layer of Glow Powder will produce longer and brighter luminosity.
14. Try to prevent moisture in the manufacturing process. A yellowing of resin may indicate moisture. Apply a final clear overcoat to protect the material from humidity and to improve gross.
15. Strontium based pigments should only be mixed into oil/solvent bases. If your project requires a water based medium, then you need to purchase one of our pigments that are treated for water protection.

Notice: A glass or Plastic spatula should be used when stirring the powder and paint. A metal implement may react with powder.

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