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BrotherMysterio
10-16-2012, 09:36 PM
I'm doing a room with white geometric shapes, in essence, and want a white that will really pop under UV lights (that is, glowing that electric blue we all know and love). How do I create that effect? I mean, I want really bright UV blue from the white (and the same effect other respective UV colors as well), but how I do it quickly and cost effectively? This has to be done on the cheap. I can't afford to buy any gallons of specialty paint for a pretty penny here, and wouldn't have time to if I could.

C.

Allen H
10-16-2012, 11:28 PM
mix woolite and white latex paint for white. for the rest, sell something and buy day-glo paint. Nothing else will get you close for the money.
Allen H

Greg Chrise
10-17-2012, 12:15 AM
After wandering through the warehouse, with a black light and the electric cord ending up wrapping around my legs, it seems white cloth or things washed in modern detergent are the things to have. Lots of paper labels and for some reason Sherwin Williams Masking tape glows.

An article I found shows many detergents, not just woolite will work. http://www.atsko.com/articles/clothing-care/washing-acu-army.html

White cob webs, painters cloths and rags, reems of white material from a fabric store? Maybe just glued over things?

I'm wondering if a solution of clear or white school glue mixed with water and woolite could become a paint. Since it is only going to be used for a short time. White paint with woolite might lessen the effect some as titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate fillers are UV blockers.

Things that do not work are white paint, chaulk or even titanium dioxide tint, I actually have all this stuff and all kinds of white powders and all of them are for construction, not medical purposes. It has to have the phosporus in it. Everything esle is a wild neon florescent color at the art store, chaulk for kids and air brush paints.

Allen H
10-17-2012, 12:37 AM
Killz paint mixed with woolite works wonders, a detergent that says bright whites has the UV reacting agents in it.

sean
10-17-2012, 06:33 AM
Not White, but killer price and worked real well in an area of our place this year under black light
http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=3686&keyword=flourescent&scategoryid=0&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price=

zombietoxin
10-17-2012, 08:51 AM
Not White, but killer price and worked real well in an area of our place this year under black light
http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=3686&keyword=flourescent&scategoryid=0&CategorySearch=&Brand=&Price=

hmm.. have you ever compared this to the more expensive paints- intensity wise?

sean
10-18-2012, 08:39 AM
We bought the stupidly expensive stuff for our vortex tunnel that we built. The room we use the cheaper stuff in is constantly lit by blacklight. I don't notice a really big difference, not worth several hundred dollars anyway.

BrotherMysterio
10-18-2012, 06:24 PM
Excellent info, so far!

Speaking of Woolite, what if I wanted to make a liquid glow under blacklights?

C.

Greg Chrise
10-18-2012, 07:38 PM
Quinine aka Tonic Water. Woolite is a liquid apparently. I see where they are taking highlighter pens and soaking them in water for the glow or glow sticks being mixed into water. No black light needed if you get into glow in the dark stuff. All kinds of kids stuff at stores like Hobby Lobby and even the small craft section of Walmart.

jaybo
10-24-2012, 03:25 PM
I'm doing a room with white geometric shapes, in essence, and want a white that will really pop under UV lights (that is, glowing that electric blue we all know and love). How do I create that effect? I mean, I want really bright UV blue from the white (and the same effect other respective UV colors as well), but how I do it quickly and cost effectively? This has to be done on the cheap. I can't afford to buy any gallons of specialty paint for a pretty penny here, and wouldn't have time to if I could.

C.

You can mix RIT whitener with liquid starch to make a temporary paint that glows bright white. If you want a more permanent paint, then mix in some Elmer's Glue-All. I use this to soak my cheesecloth ghosts.

Dark Tiki Studios
02-21-2013, 12:01 PM
Killz paint mixed with woolite works wonders, a detergent that says bright whites has the UV reacting agents in it.

At what ratio of Woolite to paint?? Thanks!