What Can Glow In The Dark Pigment Powder Be Used For?

This is a question we hear pretty often and the answer is almost anything. Since all of our powders are coated (which makes them waterproof), you can mix them with almost any transparent medium. Some of the most commonly used mediums are acrylic, solvent, and oil based paints, resins and epoxies, rubber, glass (our neutral powders are unharmed by the extreme heat of molten glass), clay, ceramic glaze, nail polish, candle wax/gel, and more!

Our powders are strontium aluminate based which is the latest technology and offers the longest and brightest glow available. Colors like Aqua, Blue, and Green are naturally occurring in the rare earth aluminate glow crystals which is why they are the brightest and most commonly used colors.

In addition to these colors, there are also some specialty colors that require additional processes and even more pure/rare elements to produce. We are one of the few glow in the dark suppliers to offer colors like white, neutral red, and neutral orange. Colors like fluorescent orange and red exist and can work great in the right circumstance (a reasonably thick resin casting for example) but they do not work all that well for paints. The reason is that they are using the bright green glow crystal as the base color and then tinting that color with an additional fluorescent pigment.

Given enough thickness (resin, plastic, rubber, etc.) this works pretty well and is a cheaper alternative to the specialty colors. When it comes to paints or thin layers of resin for example, there isn’t enough colored pigment on top of the green glow crystal and so a lot of these fluorescent colors will glow green once they are applied to the surface. True red and true orange in contrast actually produce the desired color directly from the crystal, negating the need for any kind of additional pigment. These colors really look amazing and we are proud to offer some of the best and brightest on the market both in powder and paint form.

“So now I know what mediums I can use your powder in, how about some project and application ideas?”

This is the fun part as there are really limitless possibilities and there will be far more than we can list here. That said, here are some of our (and our customers) favorite uses for our products:

  • Glow In The Dark Canvas Paintings – You may have seen the artist Crisco on social media who uses glow paints for the background of his paintings and then paints over them with non glow paints to create amazing silhouettes of people and animals once the lights go out. Our paints can be used to create the exact same effect or you can paint with glow paint on top of a normal painting instead. Check out our How To Create A Glow In The Dark Canvas Painting blog post for more info on the second method.
  • Resin and Epoxy Projects – This is another customer favorite as it is super simple to do and provides an extremely bright glow due to the volume of glow powder that is used. Just ad one part glow powder to four parts resin/epoxy by weight or volume and pour it into your favorite mold to create glowing jewelry, paperweights, figurines, and more. Check out How To Make A Glow In The Dark Resin Casting.
  • EDM/Rave/Cosplay Costumes and Props – Anywhere that using fluorescent paint makes sense, it makes even more sense to use phosphorescent (glow) paint instead. Fluorescent paints are a lot of fun but require black lights to give off any light at all. Our glow paints will obtain their maximum charge when exposed to the same black lights but will also keep glowing when the lights go off or when you walk from the dance floor into the dimly lit bar. Quite the conversation starter!

    Want to really impress at your next cosplay costume competition? Try some aqua glow paint to make Tony Stark’s arc reactor or a Tron suit. Use green for the green lantern or a Warcraft weapon. All of the anime and manga with glowing elements on the characters outfits are great candidates for our paints and powders.
  • Shoes, Hats, and other clothing – Mix our glow powder with clear fabric paint (sometimes called clear fabric medium) to create unique glowing images on any clothing item you can think of. In fact our glow paints are acrylic based so simply follow the rules for applying acrylic to cloth, leather, vinyl, metal, etc. and you’ll have a long lasting embellishment that is guaranteed to get peoples attention.
  • Ceiling and Wall Murals – Our products are commonly used to create space and fantasy scenes on ceilings and walls. Most of our paints go on nearly invisible for the first few coats so your apparently normal ceiling can turn into a window into space at night. Stars, galaxies, comets, planets, moons, fireflies, and more can be created with our wide variety of paints and powders.
  • Commercial Uses – Glow powder is often used in exit signs, emergency lighting, clothing, watches, sporting goods, fishing tackle, novelties, luminous textiles, stickers, toys, consumer electronics products and more.
    Our pigment can be mixed with transparent resins & binders such as acrylic, PU, amino, and poly acylamonia resins, glues, silicone, caulking, paraffin, PE, PP, ABS, and PVC plastics, plastic masterbatch pellets, glass, and more.
  • Everything Else! – The sky is the limit so get creative and let us know if you have another application for our products. We also love receiving pictures from our customers and then sharing them on our Instagram and Facebook pages!


Got a question or comment? Leave it below or email us at info@artnglow.com.


2 comments

  • Brent T Martin

    Hi Laura, our glow in the dark powders will last for millions of recharges without losing any of their brilliance. In practice, the glow powder will probably outlast the counter top!

    I am not familiar with the actual process of incorporating the glow powder into a counter top but lots of your ideas sound like good ones. You could make resin pieces (I recommend a ratio of 1 part powder to 4 parts epoxy or resin) and then stick them into the wet concrete. You could also put the glow powder into a clear concrete sealant or resin/epoxy based varnish that would be poured on top of the counter. That would give you a white looking counter during the day and then it would glow at night! You could also experiment with leaving impressions in the wet concrete (like with a sea shell that you stamp into the concrete and then remove). Once the concrete is hard, you could fill the impressions with glow resin, sand smooth, and then cover with a clear resin or varnish. That would give you the effect of only the impressions glowing. Lots of possibilities!

  • Laura

    I’m planning on using cement counter tops in my kitchen. I was wondering how long glow pigment powder may last? I don’t mean like 9-12 hours depending on charge. I mean life, it will charge and recharge for how long? Also, can you point me in the direction of anyone who has tried this before? I was thinking of using light plastic, coated and sealed with resin and then pressed into the counter top, or those glass stones, coated and sealed, or perhaps, create some glow in the dark resin castings and press those in the cement. Ideas? Suggestions? Thank you.

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