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Making UV paint.- How to

Hi, I need some UV paint that is inviable under normal light that turns bright white under blacklights. I will painting it on a giant hanging sign. I need a recipe for some uv paint or a cheap source of it. It looks like it cost around $70 dollars for 1 gallon and I need around 3 gallons of it. I know that you can use tonic water but I don't have experience using it (How bright will it glow). Also you can use laundry detergent but I dont know if it will show in normal. The key is it to not glow the under normal light and for it glow brightly under uv light, and it needs to be cheap. Any one have any experience with uv lights, paints, or other related things. Any comments are welcome. Thanks for your time. Joe R

There are acutally a lot of options available :)

For smaller things I successfully used the coating off a fluoroscent lamp, wshed it out, dried it and mixed the powder into clear paint.

Your biggest problem is not to find things that react to UV light but to creaty a layer of the stuff that is even and thick enough.

On my fishing rods I had to use clear nail polish and glow in the dark powder to create a quite thick layer on the tips as otherwise the after-glow-time was only a few minutes.

For simple, reflective reactions your options are better as you only need a solid white background and a clear coat of reflective coating.

There are quite a few shops selling UV active powders to make your own paint in all sorts of colors.

The amount of pigment you need depends on the paint and how strong the effect needs to be, so a bit of experimenting would be required on your end for such a big project.

JM19992 years ago

Wow, you are educating me on this one, I have never heard of uv paint before, I must check it out!

JM19992 years ago

Wow, you are educating me on this one, I have never heard of uv paint before, I must check it out!

NtlautoN2 years ago

good