Post by terribletabo1 on Dec 9, 2009 21:55:40 GMT -5
I was wondering if there is such a thing as [glow=red,2,300]GLOW-IN-THE-DARK [/glow]white paint or some type of white paint that looks normal in day but highly reflective at night? <----I wanted something that could be painted on to look like a white military star in the day time but be highly visible at night because I don't want to use the typical reflectors on my project. Thanks in advance for any advice!
Post by tomterrific on Dec 10, 2009 12:28:44 GMT -5
I have only owned white helmets since I started riding in 1967. I ordered a new white helmet a few years back but they sent me black. Boy was it purty! I hated to send it back knowing that a can of worms could be crawling around the deal so I kept the black helmet and went looking for refective 'stuff'. I ended up a a home center store looking at reflective house / mail box numerals. It turns out they sold a space that was plain reflective. I bought a bunch of these and cut them up to make a reflective white checker board stripe over the helmet. Now I have other ideas that would be a cool reflective helmet graphic using the same stuff. The size is not large enough to make your star with one piece so you will need to cut the necessary pieces and assemble them. I think the size is 2.5" x 4"
I am not sure about the paint but I suspect you could get something through an automotive paint supplier. The easier alternative might be retroreflective tape or vinyl. I've seen it advertised on the Internet and I know that the sign stores in most locations carry it and or can get it.
Up here we have police cars that are set up as "ghost cars" plain Jane but signed with retro reflective vinyl badging. One is black ( with black tape) and one is white. You have to be right on top of them in daylight to see it but under lights it shines at you.
I am thinking of doing something similar with my 82 Katana project bike this winter. I am planning on painting it white like my XS but in a pearlecent finish and I was thinking of doing the "Suzuki" tank badge in retroreflective.
The tape route might be less expensive I'm thinking.
Good luck with it and show us when you get it sorted.
Any sign shop sells reflective material in just about any color. I used black for my checkers and numbers. If headlights or camara flash hits them they " pop ". Very effective. If you don't have a compound curved surface the material lays down well. Mike, MN
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Post by terribletabo1 on Dec 10, 2009 23:38:51 GMT -5
Thanks. I found this: www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=126 [glow=red,2,300]Rust-Oleum Specialty Glow In The Dark glows for up to 2 hours. Apply to wood, metal, plaster, masonry or unglazed ceramic. Washes with soap and water. PRODUCT FEATURES: Fast-drying Indoor use only Great for kids rooms, school projects and holiday decor Apply over a white or light covered surface. [/glow]
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