Glow pigment can easily be used
to paint a glow in the dark car or
other vehicle that looks
The procedures will vary depending on the experience level of the
Concepts and Ideas
The simplest design is to simply paint the whole vehicle in a heavy
glow color. This makes a serious statement driving down the street.
Glow in the dark pin striping is a great way to get a unique look
without being overly tacky.
"Ghost Flames" are flames made with white paint and a dark contrasting
paint. They are then lightly highlighted with a glow paint,
typically Ultra Blue. This paint scheme requires an expert air
brush artist, but is truly a work of art in both the day and night.
Quick and Easy Vinyl Pin Stripes
The simplest vehicle enhancement is done by purchasing vinyl adhesive
backed pin striping from a local store that carries vehicle enhancement
Measure the panel of the car where you would like to apply
the pin stripe. Add 2" inches and cut a length of pin stripe.
Lay this strip on a large table and paint it with our standard premixed
glow paint in 3 thin layers. In some cases where excess falls off
the sides, you may have to use an Exacto knife to follow the lines.
Paint a sealer layer of Krylon Crystal Clear over the glow paint.
Apply to vehicle following manufacturers instructions.
Glow Paints for Vehicle Air Brushing or Painting
You can use our premixed glow paint in an airbrush or air gun if you add a small
amount of acetone to delay the drying time. For the more experienced
painter, you may wish to custom mix your own glow paint.
Most vehicle clear coat manufacturers will produce a solvent-based
clear coat that does not include ultraviolet filters. Since this is
a specialty item, you may need to contact the technical department of the
manufacturer to get the proper part numbers. Clear coat with UV filters can also be used, but typically increases the charge time to about an hour in the sun as opposed to the 5 minutes. Do sample tests regardless to check for compatibility.
The good news is that glow pigment does work like an ultraviolet filter to protect the underlying paint.
Mix the powder into the clear coat at a ratio of up to 2 lbs per gallon. You
may also need to add a thinner to counteract the thickening properties of
Prepare the car using standard techniques. Then paint one or more
thin layers of glow paint. We suggest the use of a black light to
ease in tracking and catching missed areas. One or more coats of
pure clear coat should be placed over the glow paint as a protective layer
and to increase life.
The final decision is how much powder to add to the paint. This
ratio can vary depending on your intended application. For a bright
glow in a solid matrix, use 2lbs of pigment (powder) per gallon of clear
coat. Use a lower ratio for effects needing a more subtle glow.
You should also read our page on mixing ratios
and medium choices, as well as the page on
Some of our customers have used our solvent-based acrylic glow paints to good success as well. It takes between 1 and 3 gallons to paint a whole car.