This information page does not replace the Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). It is intended to provide guidance and tips for making your own Glow in the Dark Paint.
Techno Glow primarily utilizes acrylic latex paint medium for our glow in the dark paint. The following instructions focus around acrylic latex paint medium unless otherwise indicated.
- Choose the color and granularity of the glow in the dark powder appropriate to your project. Larger particle sizes generally glow longer, but the resulting paint will not have as smooth a finish as finer particles or smaller micron sizes. Protect the powder from moisture by storing in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Clumping or yellowing can be indicators of the pigment powder being exposed to moisture. Continue to avoid exposure to moisture until the powder is mixed with the paint medium.
- Obtain the needed primer, clear medium, and possibly a clear top coat. Feel free to have your local hardware store contact us with any technical questions they might have. We also carry a wide variety of paint and other mediums that works very well with our products.
- Primer – Choose the primer made for the substrate you will be painting. A white primer will facilitate the highest glow, while a dark primer will reduce or absorb the luminosity.
- Paint Medium – Paint should be clear so that color pigment particles don’t interfere with the glow. Clear acrylic latex paints, polyurethane, solvents and resins are some of the best mediums, though other paint mediums may be used with success. Remember that more viscous mediums do a better job of holding the pigment in suspension without need for an anti-settling agent.
- Top Coat – The purpose is to seal and protect the luminous paint layer, although not necessary most of the times. Top coats can be most anything clear (polyurethane or acrylic) to protect the finish without interfering with the glow. Avoid paint with high UV filters in order for light to penetrate through to charge and discharge the powder. A lot of paint mediums that do include UV filters works just fine.
We recommend mix ratios between 15% to 33% powder to paint. In general, ratios with more than 33% powder to the mix don’t gain enough brighter glow to justify the cost of more glow powder. Examples:
20% = 1:5 = 1 oz. Powder to 5 oz. Medium
25% = 1:4 = 1 oz. Powder to 4 oz. Medium
33% = 1:3 = 1 oz. Powder to 3 oz. Medium
33% = 1:3 = 42 oz. Powder to 1 gallon (128 fl. oz.) Medium
Generally, the higher the ratio of glow in the dark powder to medium, the brighter the glow and potentially a longer glow. Testing different ratio's are recommended for commercial and manufacturing purposes. Multiple layers always enhance the glow. If possible, we suggest using plastic, ceramic, or glass mixing containers and utensils.
For resin and epoxy the 20% ratio works well. Pigment will settle to the bottom leaving you with a nice clear top that can be sanded and buffed to your liking.
If you have further questions you can contact us for assistance.