Black Light Paints
We offer a variety of creative UV (Black Light or Ultra-Violet) paints. These products are high quality and truly fluorescent. That means much more than simply bright color. It means maximum energy emission under true UV-A energy and emission color that remains balanced - without shift from its visible light value.
Hand Painted Example
UV Fluorescent Paints
Top Row: Red, Orange, Yellow, Golden Yellow, Green.
Bottom Row: Dark Blue, Pink, Sky Blue, Violet.
Bright Fluorescent Colors, More Brilliant with UV, High end, 100% Acrylic Paint
- Premier quality scenic base paint, combined with state-of-the-artpigmentation.
- Super-saturated precision balanced pigment formulas for maximum fluorescent brightness, without white-light-to-black light color shift.
- High density 100% acrylic base assures a tough, durable flat finish.
- Inter-mixable for a rainbow of fluorescent hues.
- Superb coverage and opacity, even thinned with water. Ideal for spray, airbrush or hard-brush application.
- Safe, water base formula, non-toxic.
- Available in 10 colors.
Fluorescent paints are bright-fluorescent colored under white light and become even brighter under UV lighting.
All UV pigments are translucent. They are not designed for coverage, but for brilliance under UV lighting. Large flat areas with even coverage should be sprayed. If the nuance of brush strokes is desired please use a fine natural hair brush. Worst case scenarios are shown below. These tests were done with an inexpensive chip brush. Two sets of examples are shown, the first set on plain wood and the second set with normal white primer.
NOTE: The sensor of a modern digital camera is not designed to record in the UV specturm.
These two photos show the effect of one coating of weak primer. Please look carefully, here you can see print on the wood stick that is not entirely covered by the primer is also not covered by one coating of the UV paint. For best results, please prep your surfaces well.
NOTE: Colors are much more intense than shown.
Black Light Paint
* True white is difficult to achieve with normal UV pigments, this is our best shot without going with the ultraexpensive True Balance white.
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, 160 square feet per gallon if thickly applied. 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.