What you need to know about UV Reactive Paint:
We make our own UV reactive paint based on pigments that are made in the USA. The paint base is made from a very high quality 100% acrylic rated for outdoor use. The best method of application is spray, so our paint is made ready to spray. Coverage is about 200 square feet per gallon. UV pigments will fade when exposed to sunlight, so outdoor use is limited, often to about three or four months.
There are many different pigments used to make UV paint, or paint that looks florescent. This is the big point of confusion for people looking to complete a project. Below is a little guide to help you choose the right paint for your job.
UV reactive, professional grade, American made pigments- These are the kinds of pigments we use in our paint. These pigments glow under UV radiation. They are excellent for commercial indoor applications such as clubs, bowling alleys, museums and haunted houses.
UV reactive, Chinese made pigments- If you buy a paint that has a suspiciously low price, it was probably made in China. These paints are fine for consumer level projects such as science fairs, home haunts, parties and garage projects.
Glow in the dark pigments- These are often confused with UV reactive paints because they fluoresce under black light. These pigments will glow for a minute or two in total darkness. The most common color is sort of a pale yellowish green. The same pigments are used in many household glow in the dark gimmicks.
Fluorescent Pigments- These are very bright in white light but do not glow under black light. If you come across a great deal on "black light" posters or paints, make sure they will actually glow under black light; Most will not. Craft-store paint usually has this type of pigment and will not glow under black light.
Kiddie Paints- These UV reactive pigments are not for children. They must be handled under laboratory conditions. There are, however, a line of very weak pigments that have been approved for use around kids. Please watch for the ASTM label.
UV Reactive Fish- It must be said that genetically modified fish can be purchased at good pet stores. They look happy to me, but they probably don't know that they are different. Please don't bully black light fish. Also, note that these fish have not been airbrushed in any way.