Have a lot of things to glow in the dark, but don’t have too much time? Then a glow in the dark spray paint is what you need.
Unlike glow in the dark paints, these are fairly easy and quick to apply. Even applying multiple coats isn’t a headache, just press the nozzle and its 1,2,3.
Single spray paint if used properly can cover many sq. ft. which is impossible with glow paint at a similar price. Spray paints are amazing, but they aren’t good for everything.
Like, I wouldn’t recommend it for details, like in a painting or on canvas, or maybe gun sights. Also, spray paints usually take 24 hours to fully dry which is more than double the time taken by glow paints.
The glow time of spray paints is 1-3 hours on average, but there are some exceptions. By using a good glow spray paint like Rust-Oleum Max, you can get a glow time of 4-8 hours depending on the charge and application.
Now, the question arises – Which glow spray paint is the Best?
And I would say, it depends on your needs. The spray that’s good for one surface may not work well on other surfaces. For example, a spray that works well on Metal or plastic may not work on the ground, so it depends.
But don’t worry, I got you. After testing a lot of glow in the dark spray paints, I have selected the top 3 that will be good for most of your needs.
I recommend you to read my review on each spray to understand how and where to use them. Below is a quick-view of all three.
3. Rust-Oleum Specialty Reflective Spray
This reflective paint from Rust-Oleum is the best option if you want a surface that illuminates and reflects light. But if you want a spray that “glows” in the dark, then it’s not for you.
It basically makes the surface reflective which makes it ideal for driveway markers, mailboxes, light posts, fences, camping gear, helmets, etc.
You can use it indoors or outdoors on almost any surface you want to make reflective, there is no limit. However, make sure to clean the surface beforehand.
Use a detergent to clean the surface, rinse with fresh water, and allow it to dry completely. Patience is the key when using this spray.
Once the surface dries, you can use the spray, but in a proper manner. Remember, One spray paint can cover up to 15 sq. ft. If used efficiently. So, using it properly is crucial.
Hold the can upright 10-16” from the surface and spray it well to have multiple coats, but don’t apply heavy coats that look wet.
Doing so will take forever to dry. Also, shake the can for 4 seconds after every 15 seconds of use. If applied properly, it dries to touch in around 20 minutes and takes like 24 hours to completely dry.
Now, before applying this paint, make sure the temperature is around 50-90°F and humidity is below 85%, otherwise, your paint will become sticky and will take forever to dry.
If the humidity is high or the temperature is off-range, then using the spray will make it a mess, so avoid using until the above conditions are met.
Now, as I said earlier, it doesn’t “glow,” but only reflects, so don’t mistake it with a “glow in the dark” spray paint.
However, if you want a reflective glow paint then its perfect. Just make sure you follow the instructions stated on the seller’s page, otherwise, you will have a hard time making it reflective.
- Reflects very well
- Can be used on many surfaces
- If used properly, it covers up to 15 sq. ft.
- Only reflects, no glow
- Can’t use in unfavorable weather condition
- Ideal for interior/exterior use on metal, wood, plastic, concrete and masonry materials
- Formulated to create a surface to illuminate and reflect light
- Dries to the touch in 20 min and covers up to 15 sq. ft. for quick project completion
2. Rust-Oleum Professional Inverted Marking Spray Paint
As the name suggests, this glow in the dark spray works best for marking purposes. It’s best for highlighting underground utilities, construction sites, road surfaces, athletic fields, etc.
I would only recommend it if you are marking the ground for landscaping or digging, otherwise, it may not work that well.
Now, if you want a spray paint for surfaces like metal, plastic, etc. then it won’t be that effective. Believe me, even if it adheres well, it may not glow that well.
This bottle is uniquely designed to only spray when it’s fully faced down. If it’s not fully down, it won’t come out, and that has its own pros and cons.
The pro is of course that it makes application and control much much easier, and con is that it’s hard to use it on other surfaces.
Even though it’s said to be only good for marking, you can use it on other surfaces as well, like wood. But you have to use a Blacklight to see it glow well.
Now, I really love that the paint sprayed is very visible. Like, you won’t have difficultly noticing which area is covered.
The best part is that you can apply it directly to the soil and it works like a charm. Sometimes, it can have a powdery residue, but that’s not a big problem.
Once applied you will get long-lasting marks that even water can’t remove. Personally, my paint was perfectly visible even after it rained heavily, so I can say its amazing.
It glows very well, but that depends on the charge. If you let it charge using sunlight, then it does work well, but on a cloudy day, you can use artificial light.
Some artificial light includes LED light, Lamplight, Blacklight, High wattage Bulbs, etc. Now, the best of all if Blacklight, period.
It charges the paint quickly and let it glow to its full potential. For this paint, I would recommend this Blacklight Bar as it can cover a big area and make it glow.
This spray is available in 10 colors, so you have plenty of options to choose from. You can choose the spray that suits the best.
- Glows very well especially under Blacklight
- Durable and can withstand water
- Very visible once applied
- Can be applied directly on soil
- Available in 10 colors
- Mostly good for marking, not all surfaces
- Ideal for marking underground utilities, construction and excavation sites or traffic safety in parking lots, athletic fields and more
- Designed to spray upside-down for easy application and control; for best results apply with Rust-Oleum Professional Wand
- Dries quickly with great adhesion and can be recoated anytime
1. Rust-Oleum Max Glow in The Dark Spray
Want a glow in the dark spray paint that glows brightly on most surfaces? Then this special spray from Rust-Oleum is all you need.
This spray paint is specially designed to glow twice as strong as other sprays. Its uses an oil-based paint which helps it glow much better in the dark
When applied, it usually dries clear, especially for the first few layers, but with multiple coats, it can turn a bit off-white. And that’s not something to care about.
But what you need to care about is that this paint can take up to 24 hours to fully dry, so once sprayed leave for a day before charging it.
Make sure to shake the bottle really well, before and during use. Doing so mix the glow pigments with the paint inside, and yield a much better glow.
Remember, this paint works extremely well on a white surface. As long as you are painting it over white, it works as expected. If not, then you won’t see a noticeable glow.
So, when painting on a dark surface, spray a layer of white primer before using this spray. Once the primer dries, use this spray over it, and believe me, it will fluoresce for hours.
You can use this spray indoors or outdoors on almost all surfaces, and it works great as long as you have a white surface and a good charge.
The best part is, you don’t need multiple coats to see the glow, even a single thick coat is good. However, more coats give a better glow.
When the paint dries, you need to charge it. Now, if you have it outdoors, it can use the direct sunlight to charge itself.
In the sunlight, it may take around 4-6 hours to a full charge itself. Once charged, it can glow up to 8 hours under optimal conditions.
Personally, I think it glows an average of like 5-6 hours, but I will mention it again that you need a white surface.
Now, for people like me who don’t like to wait for hours to get it charged, there is something you can do. If you use a good artificial light, you can cut the hours by a big percentage.
Especially, if you are using the spray indoors, sunlight won’t be an option, so you have to rely on artificial light.
There are a couple of them like Lamplight, LED light, Bulbs, etc., but the best of all is a Blacklight. A blacklight is extremely powerful and can charge it in minutes.
Now, another problem arose that you have to charge it daily. Well, my answer is No if you are smart. I personally use this Blacklight bar and it does all the work for me.
- Glows brightly for hours
- Glow is twice as strong as others
- Can be applied on most surfaces
- Even glow well with a single thick coat
- Only glows well on white surface
- Brilliant spray paint that creates a glowing effect on ceramic, wood, metal, drywall, plastic and more in the dark when charged by light
- Oil-based paint provides superior glow power for visibility in the dark
- Fully dry in 24 hours, creates a glow can last 4 to 8 hours under optimal conditions
Tips For Glow In The Dark Spray Paint
- Glow Spray paint must be applied in favorable weather conditions.
- Before spraying, clean the surface properly, if possible, with detergent and rinse with clean water.
- Let the spray dry itself for around 24 hours before you really use it.
- Glow Sprays work similar to glow paints, the better you charge them, the more the glow.
- If using outside, make sure they get direct sunlight of the last 4-5 hours prior dusk, and for indoors a Blacklight works the best.
- A Blacklight can charge it in minutes whereas other sources take hours, so you can get one to save your time.
- Don’t spray it too thick that it looks wet. Most of the glow sprays look clear in the day, so don’t over it.
- Follow the instructions specified by sellers/manufacturers for the best effect.
- Don’t listen to people reviews that seriously as most of them don’t follow the instruction well.
How long does glow in the dark spray paint last?
Usually, glow in the dark spray paints last for years without any problem. However, the “glow” of the spray paints only last for around 1-3 hours(average) depending on the quality and charge.
Some glow sprays like Rust-Oleum Max offers 4-8 hours of glow, so it all depends on the paint you choose. Better paint equals long-life and a better glow.
What is the best glow in the dark spray paint?
Nobody can answer this question as it solely depends on your needs. Like, I would recommend a different glow spray paint for ground than I would recommend for metal or plastic.
So, the best glow spray paint can differ from person to person according to their need. But don’t worry, here I have listed the top 3 paints that will help you choose the best one. Just give them a look.
How well does glow in the dark spray paint work?
Glow in the dark spray paint works absolutely well if applied properly. To make sure it works, you have to spray it little thickly and charge it using a strong light.
Once applied, wait for 24 hours to let it dry before using it.
What color is glow in the dark spray paint?
Most of the glow spray paints use Neon green color. Neon Green by nature is highly visible, so having it in a glow spray paint makes it glow brighter.
Some glow spray paints do offer multiple variants of neon, like Neon orange, Neon yellow, etc., but most of them don’t.
Hey painters, its the end of the article. In this article, I talked about the best glow in the dark spray paints that you can get. Most of the people were confused as to which spray is the best that’s why I took a step forward and created this article. Now, it wasn’t easy anyway as I have to buy and review it, so I would really appreciate it if you share it with your friends and family.