Wheather its your school project, party, or festival, a Glow in the Dark Paint can make it magically beautiful. It makes the dark even more beautiful.
You can paint your toys, walls, keys, or other things to make them glow in the dark. Do your kids think their room is boring? Well, draw some stars on their ceiling, and see the magic happen.
Glow in the dark paint has been there for around a century now, but its only been around 40 years since they are widely used.
Today, they are used for a variety of things like school projects, personal crafts, festivals(like Halloween), photoshoots, parties, outings, etc.
Also, you can become a little creative. Like, people paint their watch face or compasses to easily read them in the night.
Today, most of these paints dry clear or semi-translucent in the day while glows brightly in the dark. Also, we can choose a different type of paint for different needs.
Now, the main question arises – Which is the best Glow in the Dark Paint?
Well, my answer would be, it depends. It totally depends on your needs. I may recommend a different paint for ceil paint, and different for parties or clubs.
But with literally hundreds of paints in the market proclaiming to be the best, its practically very hard to find the right one.
That’s why I created this list of top 13 glow in the dark paint that will help you find the best one for your needs. I have written it in a descending manner, so its from 13 to 1.
Warning: Below is a very long article as I did my complete honest review. If you don’t have time to read all these, then below are my top 3 recommendations.
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Looking for a glow in the dark paint that seems clear in the day while glowing at night? Well, this one is for you.
What makes it great is that it’s for anything you can think of, Cosmic Star Ceilings, Nail Art, Table Tops, Bikes, Board, Toys, you name it, it will do the magic. But apart from its multi-use, there is one thing that sets it apart from the crowd.
And that is its Dark crystals that use the UV light to trigger and charge themselves like tiny batteries. They absorb the light and emit it slowly.
These crystals use the Strontium Aluminate based minerals that make it odorless, unlike other dark paints that have a strong sulfur smell.
Technically, if charged good, it can last for 10-24 hours depending on light source and darkness. I would personally suggest either direct sunlight or Blacklight for getting it supercharged.
Personally, I have to charge it for long to light up once dark, but when charged, it can last for several hours. At any rate, the glow is less than extreme, much like a highlight, so don’t expect it to get all the attention.
Still, if you want it to glow bright then put it thick, I recommend two coats for a better, less translucent effect. Remember, the thicker the blob, the longer it lasts.
Because you apply it thickly, it drys very crustily, but don’t worry, its easy to clean. Also, its non-toxic, so it won’t have any bad effect.
Currently, its available in 6 colors and 4 size options, so you have plenty of options to choose from.
- Little to no smell
- Durable and glow for several hours
- Non-toxic and can be used for almost everything
- Strontium Aluminate based minerals make it odorless
- Takes a while to charge
- Not extremely bright, have to put it thick
12. DecoArt DS50 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint
The DecoArt Glow is a great option if you want to add a luminescent effect on fabric, wood, plastic, paper, styrofoam, candles, etc.
Like other glow in dark paints, its non-noticeable on most surfaces once dry, so while it looks neutral during the day, it glows in the dark.
It isn’t really bright as other paints but is still good. If you want it to glow brighter, then you can use multiple layers, but remember, with too much coating it doesn’t dry clear.
This paint can be applied easily, charged quickly, and wash off easily with the water. Also, its non-toxic, so it doesn’t harm you or your material.
Even with a dense coat, it charges quickly, but unfortunately, it doesn’t glow for long. I think it glows for less than an hour. A friend of mine complained that it only lasts a few minutes even with a full day charge, so think before getting.
If you are a parent wanting to craft stars in your kid’s room, then its a great option, but I wouldn’t recommend it for paper and fabric because it can ruin them.
Users really love that it charges quickly and can be mixed with acrylic paints to have different colors, but hates that it discharge quickly
- Adds luminous effect on various materials
- Non-noticeable after dry
- Applied and washed off quickly
- Great for crafts and can be mixed with acrylic paints
- Not good for paper and fabric
- Doesn’t glow until you have multiple layers
- Doesn’t last longer than an hour
11. Neon Glow Blacklight Body Paint
For those going for a night party, you need to get colorful, and this pack of 6 backlight body paints will make you the star of the show. Now, understand why I said “backlight body paint.”
Unlike Body paints, you need to have a blacklight or a UV light to see it glow. It doesn’t store or emit light like body paints, and that’s why its called “backlight body paint.”
The thing I loved the most is that all the colors are really bright, and you can tell the difference between them, unlike previous paints that just don’t glow much.
And you have six vivid colors to choose from, so there are plenty of combinations you can try.
Its ASTMD-4236 certified, which simply means its safe and non-toxic. So, even kids can use it without any worry about long-term health issues.
All the bottles have 2 oz. (approx 60 ml) of paint, which is enough for days of use, so you have already stocked up for a couple of next parties. It’s very easy to apply, dries quickly, is safe, and quickly wash off with water, so no worry.
Also, unlike the previous paints, it works great on fabric and doesn’t leave any stains behind, so you can show the Picasso inside you without hesitation. And if things go wrong, wash it.
Remember, not to use it around the eyes as it can be a little irritating.
Now, only if it doesn’t smell like a fish bait and works great in the pool, I could have ranked it among the tops.
Just in case you are wondering; initially, the paint works fine in the pool, and light seems to reflect, but then it begins to peel off and eventually wash-off.
Anyways, I like the product, and you can choose it to give it a try. Also, there is a 90-days-hassle-free money-back guarantee, so anything goes wrong, you get your money back.
- Six paints means more color
- Really vivid colors
- Safe and non-toxic
- Plenty of paint for use
- 90-day money-back guarantee
- Need a Blacklight or UV light to shine
- Smells like fish-baits
- Doesn’t work great in a pool
10. Astro Glow Non-Toxic Glow in the Dark Paint
Astro Glow is a great option if you want to paint a couple of things and make them visible in the dark.
Its bottle is about the size of a nail polish bottle, which means the quantity of paint is quite low, so you can paint a handful of things.
The paint is quite thin so you wouldn’t see it shine bright in a single coat, you need to have around 4-5 coats for it to glow brightly. Now, painting multiple coats is a bit hard here.
You have to apply the first coat, wait a bit for it to dry and then apply the second coat, and so on. So, you can’t simply put a blob of paint and expect it to glow all night.
Since the quantity is already less and you need to have multiple coats, it may finish off quickly. So, it’s not the best option if you want to do a lot of painting and stuff.
Unlike other paints, it doesn’t dry clear; you can actually see a greenish hue which has its own pros and cons. It’s good since it helps you remember to charge the paint, and bad as the surface is not clear.
Now, charging the paint is easy, you have to expose it to bright light, not particularly sunlight or blacklight, but any bright light will do the work.
The length of glow solely depends on the brightness and source of the light you have used and the number of coats(thickness.)
So, for instance, 15 minutes in a blacklight is enough for it to glow 8 hours wherein the first 15 minutes is the brightest, and then the glow begins fading.
This paint adheres well to plastic, wood, metal, fabric, fishing lures and more, but isn’t good for the skin. If applied on the skin, you may have a hard time removing it, particularly days of washing.
To fasten the process, you can use soap and water.
And Yes! It works well in the water, unlike some previous paints that simply wash off. If you are using it in the water, then I would suggest adding a clear top coat over the paint to make it last longer.
Best Part? It’s non-toxic, so even if you apply it on your skin(by mistake), it won’t cause any health issues.
Users really love that it glows with a small charge even in the water, but hates that the quantity is quite less. Anyways, if you don’t like the paint, then you can claim the 100% money-back guarantee.
- Glows well, but need several coats
- Works well in the water
- Can be used on various things
- Non-toxic so doesn’t have bad effects
- A small charge can glow it for several hours
- Quantity is less
- Doesn’t dry clear, it has a greenish hue
- Isn’t great for the skin and can take a while to clean
9. Neon Fluorescent Glow Blacklight Face & Body Paint
From all the paints I have reviewed so far, this one from ETEREAUTY is the best value for money. Not only will you get 8 paints but also 6 paint brushes(of various sizes) and a palette.
All the bottles have 1 fl oz paint, unlike the standard 0.75 oz, which includes all the rainbow colors i.e., Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Pink, and White.
These paints shine really bright in the UV Blacklight, so it fits best for parties, clubs, festivals, photoshoots, or anywhere with a UV blacklight.
Thanks to palette and paintbrushes, you can get a lot of color combinations(by mixing) and have detail-crafts that sets you apart from the crowd.
Once applied, it dries off pretty quickly and shines for a couple of hours. Since its a water-based paint, there isn’t any unpleasant odor like other paints.
Even though its water-based, it stays on well with sweat, so you don’t have to worry about them getting off with sweat.
They dry quickly, will last all night, and then wash off easily with soap and water. And since they are non-toxic, you can apply them without any problem.
For your knowledge, these colors comply with the European Union Cosmetics Directive, so its are safe. It may sting a little if you have super sensitive skin, but it won’t cause any health issue.
You can use it on your hairs, but if you have porous hair, either from coloring or using heated tools, just don’t.
To have the maximum glow, I would recommend having at least 2 coats. So, put your first coat, let it dry and then put another, and its ready for use.
- Glows great in UV Blacklight
- Extra paint, paintbrushes and a palette
- Dries quickly and doesn’t smell
- Non-toxic and safe
- Not anything special
8. Ultra Green V10 Glow In The Dark Paint
From the picture itself, you must have noticed the amount of glow it produces. Its very durable and once applied, can glow for months. With this glow in the dark paint, you can expect some great results.
Its very thick paint, more like a toothpaste, which helps it glow bright even in the water. Even though it’s thick, it paints smoothly.
If you find it too thick to paint, then use an acrylic thinner or some water to dilute it. Like other paints, you need to have multiple coats to make it glow brightest.
Glow recommends that you have at least 1/16’ thick layer to get a proper and smooth appearance. Personally, I think 3-4 coats are enough to get a great luminous effect.
Just apply it using a brush and wait for the magic to happen. Wait, that’s not how it works.
To make it glow bright, you have to charge it using powerful lights like Direct Sunlight, high wattage bulbs, or black light. These sources are needed to obtain maximum glow, so let your paint charge before use.
One charge can let it glow for upto 12 hours. These numbers can vary depending on the coats and thickness of the paint.
Due to its durability, you can use it on various surfaces like wood, metal, star ceilings, starscapes, and other space murals. But it’s not recommended for skin and hairs, so avoid applying it there.
Once dry, it looks semi-translucent white in the light while glows neon in the dark.
Its thickness helps it sustain water, so you can use it for fishing lures and other water stuff. For better weatherproofing, you can use an Acrylic Spray Paint that also gives a natural and glossy look.
Personally, I have painted the gun sights and Jacuzzi steps, and still, after 3 months, they are glowing as bright as ever. The Jacuzzi steps have survived various rainstorms, hail, etc., but is still glowing brightly.
If you personally want to remove the paint, then try using soap and water.
Its made from Highest Grade Strontium Aluminate Pigments that helps it shine bright while also making it tackle extreme weather.
Now, let me be very clear, the paint is thick, and its powder grain size is rather large, so its not great for great details. Like if you want to paint your hand watch face, then it might not be the best option.
- Durable and glows brightly
- Can be charged with any strong light
- Works well in the water
- Have some natural weatherproofing
- Made from highest grade strontium Aluminate Pigments
- Not great for detail work
- Is thick, but you can dilute it
7. Aurora Bright Green Glow in the Dark Paint
If you want a paint that “really” glows brightly with a small charge, then Aurora Glow is one of the best option.
Personally, I charged it for around 10 seconds, and it glowed for the whole night, so I can strongly recommend this one. It’s recommended that you charge it for around 2 hours in direct sunlight to get a bright glow for hours.
With 2 hours of charge, it glows real bright for around 6 hours, after which the glow begins fading. The glow also depends on the thickness of the paint. The thicker the coat, the brighter it glows.
So, with 2-4mm thick paint, it glows bright upto 24 hours which, if you think is a long time, unlike the previous paints that only works well for an hour or so.
The secret to its prolonged glow is its solution. It uses a top-grade europium-doped aluminate oxide pigments in durable & ultra-adhesive acrylic solution that makes it durable.
The paint is slightly textured and has a slight greenish tint to it. It’s thick, so you don’t need 4-5 coats, even 2 works fine, but of course, as I said, thicker the paint better the glow.
If you are using it outdoors, then varnish it to protect from moisture degradation. You can use clear nail polish on dried paint to get a long life.
Even though its thick, it dries off in a few minutes, which is great. You can use it on a wide range of surfaces like paint, wood, glass, metal, etc., but avoid getting it on your skin and hair.
And don’t worry if paints drip on your skin as its non-toxic and non-flammable, so it will not cause any health problems.
Pro Tip – Before applying, make sure the surface is clean and dry, and there isn’t any grease or oil. Doing so will let it dry quickly and cleanly.
Most of the users I have talked to(include me) say they love it. Their general reply is its easy to use, dries quickly, glows all night, and wash off quickly, so they love it.
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- Non-toxic and non-inflammable
- Glows very bright thanks to its solution
- Two sizes and colors
- It’s thick, so fewer coats can give more glow
- Dries quickly and wash-off without any problem
- You get exclusive SpaceBeams VIP Stencils Membership
- Nothing really
6. Tulip’s 6-Pack Glow in the Dark Paint
If you want a glow in the dark paint for high-detail crafts and projects, then this paint from TULIP is a great option. There are six bottles, with each having a unique color.
The colors are White(a.k.a. Natural,) Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, and Yellow. And all of them glow differently, where White, Blue ad Green are the brightest.
The fine-point top of these bottles makes it great for high-detail craft. Unlike the previous paint, you can use it to paint a hand watch face, fabrics, posters, canvases, glass, and anything that requires detail.
Actually, you can use it on anything porous(wood, leather, paper, etc.), and it will work fine. Just ensure that the surface is clean and dry prior usage. Otherwise, it may not look clean.
Its easy to use as all the paints are ready-to-use out of the box. Once applied, they take around 4 hours to dry.
It dries a bit gummy and remains puffy for a couple of days, so it can be picked off easily. So, if you made any mistake, you can easily remove them without any problem.
All the colors dry the same color as they are in the bottles, expect White(Natural), that dries clear without more layer. If used thick, the White may become semi-translucent.
Here too, the rule of thumb applies i.e., thicker the coat, better the glow, so you can choose to apply multiple coats for better illumination.
The glow also depends on how you recharge it. Direct sunlight and Blacklight are among the best chargers.
Personally, I charged it for around 10 minutes, and they remain glowing for around an hour. So, yeah, they don’t glow for 12-24 hours like the other paints, but sure they glow well if you do multiple coats, and charge more.
These paints are non-toxic, which makes them kid-friendly, but make sure you aren’t giving these to anyone under 3 years old as they might try to swallow it.
Remember, If you don’t use it all in one go, the paint is liable to go lumpy in the bottle/tube or set hard if let for a couple of months.
Pro tip – Don’t wash off the fabric in a washing machine without removing the paint as the fabric may stick altogether.
- More bottles mean more color
- Great for high-detail craft
- Can be used on anything porous
- Dries slow and glow less
- Can go lumpy or hard if not used in one go
5. Midnight Glo UV Body and Face Paint
Midnight Glo is a great option if you are looking for a body paint that glows well in the UV Blacklight.
I said UV Blacklight because it doesn’t charge and glow itself in the dark. It needs a light source like Blacklight to show its effects.
That’s why its best suitable for Birthdays, Festivals, Clubbing, Concerts, Raves, Parties, And anywhere with UV Lighting.
When in UV lights, it glows bright and set you apart from the crowd. All the colors, 7 of them will brilliantly fluoresce and keep the fun going for long.
Personally, I felt that purple color glows less when compared to other paints, so having multiple coats is a great option. At least have two coats to see it fluoresce.
Its really easy to use, dries in a few minutes, shines really bright, and wash-off easily without scrubbing.
The paints are pretty thick, just like the children’s tempera paint, so they are smooth to apply. Each bottle has around 0.75 fl oz of paint, which is good enough, considering we have seven bottles.
Even though they can be easily washed with water, they tend to withstand any sweating you may have while enjoying the night. So, you don’t have to worry about removing them mistakenly.
As the name says, its a Face and Bodypaint, so don’t use it on clothes, paper, wood, or other surfaces as it may cause stains.
Personally, I would recommend you not using them around the eyes as it can irritate and ruin the fun.
I completely love the paint expect its weird fishy odor that can be a problem for some.
Users really love that it shines bright, withstand sweating yet wash off easily, but wish the bottles were a little bigger than the current size.
These paints are available in various sizes and packs, so you can choose 0.75 FL oz or 2 FL oz with a pack of 6,7 or 8.
- Glows really bright and wash-off easily
- Dries quickly within minutes
- Withstands sweat and doesn’t smudge
- Plenty of sizes to choose from
- Smells like a fish
4. Black Light Paints by Neon Nights
If you want a glow in dark paint for a party, then this Blacklight paint from Neon Nights is something you will love. As the name suggests, this paint glows well in a blacklight or UV tube.
Its glow depends on the thickness and source of light. So, if you are using a blacklight or UV tube, then all the colors shine bright, but with a UV LED, its not that vivid.
Unlike other paints, its so bright that you can even see a subtle neon glow in daylight, so think of how well it will work in the dark.
To make it really bright, you must have multiple coats. With a single coat, you may not get the expected result, so its recommended to have at least 2 coats for the best effect.
Out of the box, you get 8 beautiful, radiant neon colors that actually are all the rainbow colors. This includes red, blue, green, yellow, pink, white, orange, and purple. So, you have plenty of colors to apply.
Each bottle contains 0.7 fl oz(20 ml) of paint, which is enough for a couple of next parties, so you don’t have to stock a new one every time, one purchase will work fine for the next few events.
Handcrafted in Germany, these premium paints are thoroughly tested to ensure the best quality and standards. They are easy to use, dries quickly, and shines bright.
Even though they are great for crafts and other surfaces like metal, wood, etc., they should be avoided on the body, hair, or fabric. It’s a little hard to wash them off there, so better avoid them.
Users really love that its easy to use and shines bright, but hate that the amount of paint is less. Most people expect it to be a little bigger than the current size.
- Glows really bright in blacklight or UV tube
- Great for parties
- All the rainbow colors
- Premium Handcrafted paints
- Doesn’t glow in UV LED or normal light
3. UV Glow Blacklight Face & Body Paint
Finally, a paint that’s not in medicine-like boxes. Yeah!
This Body & Face paint from UV Glow is another paint that glows brightly in UV Blacklight. So, these are ideal for clubbing, festivals, and everywhere with UV lights.
Due to its tube-like design its very easy to apply and store. Within the set, you get 6 vivid colors that include Pink, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Green, and Red.
Not every color glows the same; personally, I feel Yellow glows the best while blue is a little less vivid. All the bottles have 0.34 fl oz paint, which I think is quite less.
I was initially shocked to see how small these tubes were, but even with small tubes, paints go a long way. I had a lot left even after my friends used some, so I can say it goes a long way.
Now, I have seen people complaining that it doesn’t work, yada, yada. Well, it does work, but you have to apply it properly.
People think its like sunscreen, just rub it, apply it once, and then complain not getting the desired results. Well, that’s not how it works.
You need to have at least 2-3 layers to get a good glow; otherwise, you don’t see its real potential.
The thing I love is that they dry quickly and are easy to wash even from the floor. Mere water can do the trick.
Now, since its body paint, I wouldn’t recommend it for fabrics as they don’t wash easily. Also, I wouldn’t recommend it if you have super sensitive skin.
Users really love that its easy to apply, dries quickly and cleans way better, but wish the tubes were little big.
- Easy to use and wash
- Glow brightly in UV blacklight
- Dries quickly
- 6 vivid colors out of the box
- Tube are tiny
- Only glows in UV Blacklight
Most of the paints I have reviewed here are mainly of two types. One that glows only in UV light or blacklight, and the other that needs to charge before glowing.
But this Phosphorescent paint from neon nights is something that glows everywhere. It charges in UV light and glows in the dark, and also it glows in UV blacklight.
So, it doesn’t matter party or ceiling stars, it does the magic. Now, before you think its the holy grail, let me stop you right there.
Since its a Phosphorescent paint its pretty hard to charge it. Normal sunlight or lamp ain’t gonna do anything, you need a UV light(big or small) to get it charge.
Now, let me tell you the reason.
Phosphorous is a UV reflective paint, so it coats and reflects the UV light away from the phosphate crystals that need the light for charging.
Since most of the UV rays are reflected, its fairly difficult to get it to charge under direct sunlight or blacklight. That’s why I recommended a small UV light.
If charged properly, it can glow for hours. I recommend charging it for a couple of hours(using UV light) prior use.
Its a set of 8 vivid glow in dark colors. These are actually rainbow colors as they include red, blue, green, yellow, pink, white, orange, and purple.
All the eight paints are handcrafted in Germany and are prior tested for quality and standards, so you can expect some great quality.
All colors emit differently, with Yellow being the lowest glowing and white being the most. So while some colors take a couple of hours to charge, others can charge in half the time.
Each bottle has around 0.7 fl oz(20 ml) of paint that works perfectly on various surfaces and materials. Since its not a body paint, avoid using it on your skin or fabric.
Remember, the more porous the surface, the harder it is to remove it, so avoid applying it on there.
Even if you mistakenly put it on the skin, don’t panic as its a non-toxic paint, so it won’t harm you but can be hard to wash off.
- Can glow bright with or without charge
- Plenty of colors to choose from
- Good for party of other projects
- Handcrafted paints with good standard and quality
- Only charges with UV light
- Takes some time to charge
1. Neon Nights 8X UV Body paint
Going to a party, festival, photoshoot, etc. soon? This body paint from Neon nights is what you need to stand out from the crowd.
Handcrafted in Germany, these paints are made using premium materials to give you the best quality. They are easy to apply, dry quickly, glow infinitely, and wash-off without any problem.
Out of the box, you get all the rainbow colors i.e., Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Pink, and White. So, you have a lot of colors and combinations to choose from.
All the bottles have 0.7 fl oz (20 ml) paint, which is enough to face paint 2-4 people or body paint 1-2 people. Remember, the more the coat, the better it glows.
You can apply them using fingers, brush, sponge, or anything else you can think of. Easy as that. There is no limit as to who can use it. Its good for adults, teenagers, and kids.
Now, be clear of the fact that it’s a backlight glow in the dark body paint. It needs a light source to glow, unlike glow in dark paints that need to be charged with light.
It’s recommended to have it under “true” blacklight to see the best effect, and don’t worry, these parties or festivals will have the lights and all, your work is to apply the paints.
If you want to paint, let’s say your keys to easily find them in dark, then these are not for you as they don’t emit light. These work best in a party, festivals, photoshoots, or night-out.
Party Over? Now, what about the paint? Don’t worry, it easily washes-off from fabric, body, walls, etc. without any problem. Simply use soap and water and its done.
Users really love that its easy to apply, glow bright, and washes-off quickly, but hates that its pretty watery and dry slowly.
So, use it a couple of hours prior to attending the party/festival; otherwise, it may wash it off by mistake.
- Shines real bright
- All the rainbow colors included
- Good for anyone and can be applied any way
- Easy to apply and wash
- Little watery so dry slowly
How Does Glow in the Dark Paint works?
The Glow in the dark paints have tiny phosphors crystals, or you can say pigments that get excited and charged in the UV light.
These crystals, when exposed to light, act like tiny batteries and charge themselves. Once charged, these crystals fluoresce that when combined seems like a bright glow.
Some paints like Aurora glow for atleast 3-4 times more than they take for the charge. It means that these crystals tend to lose their charge slowly, thus giving a prolonged effect.
How to choose the right Glow in the Dark Paint?
Now, choosing the right glow in the dark paint is easy when you have the right knowledge. With plenty of these paints flooding the market, how will you choose the correct one?
And that’s why we have to look at certain factors to get the right one. Now, there are a lot of factors to look by, but most of them sum up under 4-5 categories.
Below I have explained all of them.
The size of the bottle is the foremost thing to observe. Depending on your needs, you can choose a different bottle size.
There are a couple of bottle sizes with 0.75(20 ml) being the average. Just so you know, 1 FL ounce is enough to paint 1-2 square feet of the surface.
Even with 0.75 FL oz, you can paint a couple of things. I think its enough for those surfaces, crafts, ceiling stars, but of course, the more, the better.
If you are heading for a party, club, festival, etc. then 0.75 is good enough, but if you have some friends, then getting the 1 or 2 oz is a smart option.
I have said it earlier and will repeat that not every color glows the same. Even though they all have shining pigments, they do fluoresce differently.
That’s because of the nature of the color. Just like red and neon colors glow the brightest, here too, we have some colors that glow well while others may be hardly visible.
Personally, I have noticed neon, orange, and white(or natural, as some say) to be brightest. Even red and yellow seem a great option whereas purple dark blue, etc. may not be as efficient.
Now, it doesn’t mean that you should avoid these dark colors. Applying them gives a great outline and 3D-like effects to your glow, so using them is a good choice.
These glow in the dark paints differ according to materials. So, basically, there are two material types, acrylic-based and water-based.
Both of them are intended for a purpose but can be interchanged for other purposes too.
Acrylic-based is of superior quality. These paints are usually very thick(like a toothpaste) and easily hold on most surfaces, but are very hard to remove once dry.
Whereas water-based are usually thinner that makes them great for most crafts, including projects, parties, etc. They also glow very brightly, but unlike acrylic, they remove easily with water.
Acrylic paints usually have some smell, whereas water-based doesn’t have much odor.
Depending on your projects, you can choose the material. If you want a permanent-type paint, then choose acrylic, but for temporary-type choose water-based.
By charge, I mean how fast they are charged before glowing brightly. Unlike glow in the dark stars, you have to personally charge these paints to see it fluoresce.
A paint with less charge time and more glow time is the best one.
How to Remove a Glow in Dark Paint?
Just like normal wall paint, when a glow in the dark paint loses its shine or is peeled-off, you may want to remove them and apply a new one.
Now, while applying the paint, you either had a mural or painted a complete wall.
If you had a mural, then its easy to remove, but if you have painted the whole wall, then it can be a little difficult to remove.
You can use fine-grit sandpaper to remove as much paint before putting on a new layer.
How to properly charge a Glow in Dark Paint?
The way you charge your paint determines how bright it glows. Charging it the right way can give hours of glow while a wrong one may fade within an hour or a few minutes.
Now, direct sunlight and UV lights(like blacklight) is among the best chargers. They have the purest UV that gets easily absorbed by the pigments.
Remember, the source isn’t a problem; its in the power of the source. If the power is less, then it will take a lot more time to charge.
You must keep your paint in the light and let them charge properly before you use them.
Can I use Glow in the Dark Paint outdoors?
Yes, you can use them outdoors, but it varies from paint to paint. Some paints like Ultra Green V10 and Aurora are good enough to be used outdoors.
Personally, I feel Ultra Green V10 is the best option when it comes to outdoor. You don’t need to apply anything to get it weatherproof.
However, I would recommend using Acrylic Spray Paint for better weatherproofing. But if you are using something for weatherproofing, then use Aurora as its the brightest of all.
Are Fluorescent Paint Different from Glow in Dark Paint?
Yes and No! Fluorescent paints and glow in the dark paint(a.k.a. Phosphorescent paint) have the same motive i.e., to glow in the dark.
But the way they glow are different from each other. Fluorescent paints only glow in UV lights(like Blacklights), so they are the best for parties, festivals, clubs, and everywhere with these lights.
Mostly Fluorescent paints are Face & Body paints, so they can be easily used or removed from the skin.
Whereas, Glow in dark paint are best for surfaces, crafts, projects, etc. They are a big “No” for the skin, as they are very difficult to wash.
Glow in the dark paint charge themselves in the light and later emit them slowly, unlike Fluorescent paint that only glows when in these lights.
So, finally, we are in the end. Just for the recap, in the article, I talked about the best glow in the dark paints that will make the dark even more fun. I have personally tested and reviewed every paint, and that took me a lot of time. So, I would really appreciate it if you take a minute and share it with your friends and family.