Estimated Cost: $7.00
- Key ($2.50 at Walmart)
- Glow in the dark paint ($2.00 at Michael's or any craft store -- non-toxic)
- Basic small paint brush
- Paper plate (or another surface)
- Paper towel (optional)
- Fan (optional)
Step 1: Prepare Items/Workspace
CAUTION: Since we are working with paint, be careful not to get paint in your eyes and keep the paint away from small children. If paint gets on your skin, promptly rinse it off with soap and water.
Step 2: Paint the Key
Before painting, you should realize that we will only be painting the top half of the key. Any portion of the key that goes into the lock should not be painted.
Now we are ready to paint the key. Normal brush strokes do not work well on the surface of the key. If you try to brush the paint onto the key, the brush will wipe the paint straight off of the key. To avoid this, we will simply place the tip of the brush into the paint and then touch the surface of the key.
After lightly tapping the key with the paint brush, there should be a small dot. Repeat this process until the top half of the key has been covered in paint.
Step 3: Let the Paint Dry
If you have a fan, place the fan near the key and turn it on. Be sure not to use too much power as it may cause the paint to run off of the key.
If you do not have a fan, then be patient as the key dries. This could take around 2-4 hours.
Step 4: Paint the Other Side
Flip the key over and place it back on your painting surface. Remember to only paint the top half of the key. Use the same process used in step 2 to paint this side of the key. After applying the paint, use the same process in step 3 to dry the key.
Step 5: Complete the Project
If the key loses its glow, a quick flash of light from a camera (or something similar) can help restore the strength of the glow.
If there are any spots on the key that could benefit from a second coat, you can repeat these instructions to do so. A key could benefit from a second coat of paint if the paint is thin and the key does not glow well. However, one coat of paint should be sufficient.