Glow-in-the-dark paint is fascinating, leaving a great deal of room for imagination in its use. Let’s consider in this article the principle of action of such paint, its characteristics and give advice on the choice. Let’s test the technology to make the paint for the house bright.
Luminescence is the ability of materials to glow after dark or when an artificial light source is turned off. This effect can be given to any object by treating it with a special luminous paint, also called phosphorescent, fluorescent, fluorescent, or self-luminous paint.
The paint glows due to the presence of a special component – luminophore (luminescent pigment). Luminous powder is well adapted to the environment, frost and heat resistant, has stable chemical and physical properties and a long service life – more than 30 years. It is used for both exterior and interior work.
Phosphorus is combined with a transparent carrier, usually acrylic, alkyd or polyurethane varnish. The standard ratio of components is 1: 3. The type of varnish does not affect the glossiness of the gloss, but this criterion largely determines the amount of paint and the durability of the coating.
You can prepare the coloring mixture glow-in-the-dark paint yourself. You will need the following components and tools:
- varnish suitable for the type of coating;
- Paint thinner;
- glass or ceramic containers.
The sequence of preparation of the luminous paint:
- Pour the lacquer into the prepared container.
- Add fluorescent pigment. The amount of phosphor will determine the brightness of the paint and the saturation of luminescence, the index ranges from 15-50%. Optimal proportion of pigment – 30%.
- In order to better distribute the phosphor, it is necessary to add a little solvent. The quantity of solvent should not exceed 1% of the total mass.
- Stir the paint until a homogeneous consistency.
Glow-in-the-dark paint is easy!