Introduction: Glow in the Dark Commode Seat
The purpose of this toilet seat mod was to have all the light necessary to enter the bathroom from the master bedroom and find the target. This keeps me from having to turn on the bathroom light which shines into the master bedroom and wakes up my wife or worse,... Missing the Target!
Inspiration came from a Glow in the dark vessel bowl sink that I molded up some years ago.
Step 1: Materials List
One "WHITE" toilet seat. If you get a new one make sure that you check weather you have a "round" or an "elongated" bowl. White is the preferred back ground color for best performance.
I used "House of Color" Kosmic Long Glow Blue on this project but I suggest trying Risk Reactor as they specialize in photo luminous and UV fluorescing pigments in many different colors at a better price.
Pint of automotive acrylic urethane clear and hardener.
Red Scotch Bright pad or sheet of 400 grit wet or dry sand paper.
Masking tape and paper.
Carbon filter respirator for automotive paints.
Spray Gun and compressor or optionally use "Preval" spray kit.
Step 2: Prep Work
Remove hinges and tape off or remove seat and lid bumpers. Scuff seat with red scotch bright or 400 grit sand paper.
Be careful not to sand through original white finish. If you do sand through use a can of white "Lacquer" as a base coat to repair the solid white finish. Using cheap enamels will result in paint lifting or wrinkling with the clear coat.
I chose to mask off the top of the lid and leave that the original finish.
Step 3: Mix Clear Coat and Glow Powder
Put on your respirator and mix about 4-6 oz of clear per manufacturers instructions. After mixing add about 1 heaping Tablespoon of glow powder. Mix well and spray a tack coat followed by a full wet coat of glow clear. Work in sunshine and watch out for over-spray on your or your neighbors cars. let charge up for 10 minutes and carry wet parts into a darkened garage or shed and check out your results. More powder equals more glow and more coats equals more glow. Try to get a satisfactory result in 3 full coats if possible.
Do not rush and constantly stir or agitate your paint gun cup as the glow powder drops out of suspension fast.
Do as I say not as I do. Use rubber gloves while mixing and spraying.
I chose to spray the underside of the seat first then flipped it over onto bolts and nails I put in the bumper and hinge holes. This allows the seat to be sprayed flat , reducing the chance of runs.
After you have sprayed sufficient Glow Clear, clean your gun and apply a coat of straight clear.
Allow to dry at least 12 hrs. then reassemble seat and install. The Long Glow Blue from House of Color charges up pretty well under incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Risk Reactor has a green that has tremendous storage and intensity.
I really prefer the look of not coating the top of the lid, as after the lid is closed and lights out, as it has a nice glow about the perimeter of the lid.
Remember to make sure you leave the lid up and lights on for half an hour before bed. With my bath lighting mine charges sufficiently that I can find the target 5 hrs after bed time.
A word of advice on purchasing glow powders, The additives described are photolumenous but are not the type that glow under a black light. Risk Reactor sells both types and more. I have done commercial projects with other clear additives that fluoresce under black light illumination, some amazing effects can be achieved with these types as well.
More Instructables to come! Thank You.