If you recently heard of a magic-like paint that glows in the dark then you in the awe of its orb-like glow must be willing to know how this thing works.
Now unlike other articles on the internet, I won’t go into technical Jargon and will simplify it as much as I can so everyone can easily understand.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Before we really go in-depth, you must know the components of these glow paints.
These paints are made using acrylic paint and glow pigments. You must be very familiar with acrylic paint, these are just the normal water-type paint you have used as a kid, or maybe are still using.
Acrylic paints are usually a little thick to make it adhere well and easy to use whereas glow pigments are just, well, pigments.
Oh! I forgot to talk about glow pigments.
So, these are pigments or let’s say crystals that have this amazing power of absorbing the light and emit it slowly. All they do is take the light as a charge and then release this charge slowly that produces the glow.
Actually, the light doesn’t charge, but the invisible UV rays inside it do it. And stronger the source, stronger the UV rays.
In simple words, these pigments are nothing but moon that takes the charge from the sun and use it slowly to produce an all-night glow.
Now, there are many glow pigments like Strontium Aluminate, europium-doped aluminate oxide, etc. but since I promised not to be a boring teacher, I won’t go in detail.
All you have to remember is that these pigments have some size. And when you are mixing them with paint, you need to have a balance for it to work well.
If you have little pigments when compared to the paint then it won’t glow, and if you have more then it will be gritty and feel irritating, or may even get messy.
So, these pigments have to be mixed in balance. Some paints like Ultra Green V10 have an excess of these pigments which made it very gritty while others like Aurora have balanced it.
Aurora is a thick paint and has a great number of pigments, but still has no graininess, no chunks, nothing, just smooth paint. So, this thing has to be taken into consideration.
Once both the things i.e. Paint and glow pigments get mixed, they get the qualities of both, i.e. they are easy to apply and glow in the dark.
So, a glow in the dark paint work by taking the light as their charge and then release that charge slowly to produce a glow.
Now, this thing doesn’t end here as there is a much bigger picture to it. Apart from the quality of the pigments, the quality of the charge is very crucial.
Think of it in this way, if the sun wasn’t 400 times bigger than the moon will it charge the moon as effective as its today?
Well, the answer is an absolute NO. Even if it gets less 100 times, and gets like 300 times bigger then also the glow would decrease. Why?
Because the charger isn’t that effective. A bad charger wouldn’t produce a long-lasting glow. Similarly in a glow in the dark paint, if the charger isn’t good, the glow wouldn’t either.
So, what am I referring to when I say charge? Well, sources that give powerful lights. Some of the famous chargers are direct sunlight, lamplights, UV Blacklight, LED light, high wattage bulbs, and the list goes on.
But the best of all is a Blacklight. It’s like the sun of glow paints as it can charge them effectively. While most other sources take minutes and hours, a Blacklight roughly takes seconds and minutes.
A Blacklight can show you the best potential of any glow paint.
In this article, I answered one of the questions asked by many people i.e. how does glow in the dark paint work. I answered it in a rather simple tone and made sure it’s no technical jargon. If you liked my article, do share it with your friends and family, especially to a philomath.