Spring has sprung! Birds are making their return north, lakes and ponds are beginning to thaw, and most importantly the rain is beginning to lay the essential foundation for the beautiful vegetation and flowers that are soon to bloom. What better way to accent this lovely foliage than with glow in the dark flower pots and planters.
We took to the backyard and began our glow in the dark flower pot journey with different sized pots including an outdoor water bowl. First we sanded and washed off the pots creating a clean abrasive surface for our paint to adhere to. If you are using old pots you will want to sand and clean your surface before you start, but if you have new pots sanding is optional.
Next we applied a white base coat or primer. This is also an optional step if you have a new or old pot, but having a white base coat or primer will ultimately give you a brighter glow and can help ensure an overall more uniform appearance. Other color primers or base coats may be used, but the closer to a pure white you use, the brighter the glow will appear. A white background will reflect light a lot more than darker colors. If you plan on applying multiple coats of glow paint (recommended 3-5 layers) the background becomes somewhat obsolete and priming is not a concern.
Techno Glow paint colors green, aqua, and blue are recommended for outdoor projects which rely solely on natural UV light. This is because they can glow brighter and longer than any other colors we carry. Initially you may have decent results with other colors, but check on them well after the sun is down and you will notice the glow just can't last into the night the way it would with green, aqua, or blue.
Apply the paint with a brush or roller in smooth, uniform strokes. An acrylic or latex paint extender may be used to improve flow and thin the paint. Keep in mind the thinner you take the paint the more likely it will require multiple layers to achieve the desired glow effect so you don't want to add too much.
If you'd like to prolong the life of your glow in the dark pot you may use a clear top coat or sealer over it. In some marine or auto sealers UV inhibitors may be present to prevent fading and general sun damage. We've found a majority of these do not affect the capabilities of the glow pigment, but there are still some that may dim it. Keep this in mind when choosing a sealer and maybe test a small area on your pot or planter before entirely coating the whole thing.
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