The fluorescent paint can serve to decorate all kinds of crafts, walls or to make original drawings that glow in the dark, so we will explain below simple guide steps, how to make homemade fluorescent paint.
What is fluorescent paint
There is the talk of fluorescent paint (also called photoluminescent) when the paint contains phosphorescent pigment able to charge during exposure to light and then emits when it is incomplete darkness with total autonomy, for some time more or less long.
The glowing effect is possible thanks to the charge of the photoluminescent pigmented micro granules contained in the paint, so if you want to do this painting natively, as we now explain, you will have to take this into account.
Steps to make homemade fluorescent paint
Making homemade fluorescent paint is something simple as long as we have the necessary materials, as we now detail.
- Phosphorescent pigments
- Before starting, it is necessary to decide what type of paint we want to obtain. Para based paint water, we will have to use a phosphorescent pigment FUNDEA not to contact with water. If we wish to paint based on oil or solvent (the most common), we must use non-impermeable pigments.
- Once the type of paint has been decided, we need to acquire the specific phosphorescent pigments available in paint factories or paint shops. The pigments differ by seven degrees according to the brightness released, and the particle size of the powder (the zero degrees is the “highest,” while the seventh is the “smallest”). The pigments with higher granulometry release more luminescence but run the risk of making the paint too granular.
- The base paint to which the phosphorescent pigments will be added, must not contain the UV filters, so as not to affect the quality of the luminescence. Then it is advisable to choose a transparent and dense dye. In the market, there are also paintings explicitly produced to mix with pigments. The real creation of luminous paint is obtained by combining these two components.
- For the doses, it is good to adhere to these percentages: 1000 grams of paint to which add 200 grams of pigment. The only problem that could be had is that the conservation times of the luminous mixture can be very variable (in general, they vary between thirty minutes and a few hours). It is advisable to prepare only the necessary amount, and it is essential to mix it with great care until the pigments have been completely “absorbed” by the paint.
- Like all toxic paints, especially those based on oil and solvent, they are not suitable for children unless there is careful supervision of an adult. If it is inhaled or swallowed, they are toxic and can create even severe problems. Once applied, this painting can last from five to ten years. Its uses are many: from advertising signs to walls, furniture, or cars. Finally, remember that the duration of the luminescence depends very much on the type of pigment if you want to obtain a longer life, use the green pigment which is the “standard” color of the luminous pigments.