Glow in the Dark Guy Lines (camping)




About: I graduated from Cardonald College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 1999. He has worked as a Tattoo Artist, Community Artist, and Freelance Artist ever since. I like making instructables that ...


In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make your guylines more visible in the dark.

This is a really simple Instructable with the longest part being letting the guylines dry.

Unfortunately, i cant show you them in action because my only camera is my iphone which wont pick up the glowing action :(

Step 1: What You Need

Some glow in the dark paint

Guylines (lighter colours are best)

a container of some sort to hold the paint

optional: rubber gloves

Step 2: Getting It Done

Step 1

Remove the guy lines from your tent and remove the small plastic bits from the guy lines.

Step 2

empty some paint into your container

Step 3

Put your guy lines into the paint. you can do this one at a time or all at once. doing it all at once does run the risk of making the guy lines a bit more difficult to get out as they might tangle slightly. once in give them a mix about to make sure they are entirely covered.

let them soak for a bit.

Step 4

This is the part you might want gloves for but if like me you don't mind getting messy take one end of the guy line and run it through your fore finger and thumb to remove the excess paint.

put them aside and leave them to dry

Step 5

Reattach the plastic bits and reattach them to your tent.


Step 3: Notes

A few things.

The paint in the guy lines will not last all night but will glow brightly when charged by a good blast of sunlight.

The paint Isn't water proof so if you are camping in the rain you may want to top up on the paint again.

When camping at a festival even with brightly colored glowing guy lines a drunk person will still manage to fall over them :\

Enjoy :)



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    3 years ago

    I'm always tripping over guy ropes when I go camping! I'll just have to convince my dad to let me vandalise his tent :p Great idea :)


    3 years ago

    just a thought, perhaps you could use one of those test tube-like water holders for flowesr. the one they use at places like ikea to keep small bamboo shoots alive....use it to hold the paint, cut a small hole in the sealed end, just big enough for the rope, and use the grommet on the other. Fill with paint, and then just pull the string through... Ill try it out and see how it works. Great idea tho. glow in the dark guy lines are pricey, this is way better bang for buck.

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    Barry NeesonSketchBoard

    Reply 3 years ago

    sounds interesting and a lot less wastefull. look forward to hearing how it turns out :)


    3 years ago on Introduction

    You might be able to get a bit of waterproofness using a spray on silicone treatment or NikWax product.

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