Painting with night glowing paint

Tips and ideas

The sky is the limit with glow-in-the-dark paints and powders.  All you will need is to use your imagination!

Resin, glass, wax, rubber, epoxy, and plastic materials can all be transformed with these paint products.

You can also use them to add some spice to fishing lures or safety markings. Here are a few tips and ideas, along with some mistakes you should avoid when using these paints.

So, make sure you check them out before using these glow-in-the-dark paints for your project.

1- Apply on a lighter background

The brighter the background, the more vibrant the glow will appear.

Most of what you see is reflected light, so a lighter background color creates a better effect.  Also, ensure that you work with a smooth surface for the best results.

2- Thickness matters for glowing paints

Be careful not to apply too much paint as it will prevent the glow from shining brightly and end up looking dim.

Avoid diluting the paint with water. Instead, opt for an appropriate medium, such as acrylic gel or glue.

Also, remember never to overload your brush with paint, as it will cause the bristles to rise and create a line that glows brighter than the rest of the stroke. Instead, start small and add more if needed.

3- High-quality glow paints are nearly invisible

When using the glow paints for the first time, remember that the neutral daytime white glow paints may not be visible for the first one to three coats.

The fluorescent colors shouldn't override a colored background with only one or two coats, but they could tint a white/light-colored background.

4- Apply 2-3 coats of paint and allow it to dry in between

Many times you will feel content with a single layer of glow paint, but if you want it to be brighter, feel free to add another coat or two.

However, after the third coat, any additional layers will not produce a significant difference in brightness.

In order to maintain the brilliance of the first coat, wait 10-15 minutes before applying a second coat. 

If you're in a hurry, use a hair dryer on its low setting to dry the paint more quickly. Ensure the paint is completely dry for optimal results before adding additional coats.

5- Use a black light or UV flashlight to check brush strokes

Use a black light or UV flashlight to check the smoothness of your brush strokes while the paint is still wet.

The paint goes on clear, making it impossible to tell if the recently applied layer is consistent and flat or if there are slightly raised edges.

Checking for bumps and irregularities is easy with UV LED flashlights - even in a brightly lit room though you may need to cover part of the image with your hand.

6- Charge and activate glow paint for maximum glow

Just like your parents need to charge their phones every night, materials that glow in the dark must also be charged before they work.

For optimal results, leave the object you want to charge under direct sunlight or artificial light for 2-3 hours.

But keep in mind that leaving an object outside will not provide consistent direct light, so it may not charge well.