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How to Make Pants Glow in the Dark

Updated April 17, 2017

Glow in the dark materials are a lively addition to a wardrobe. From holidays to birthdays, many occasions are illuminated by this scientific wonder. The science lies behind a compound called phosphor. When exposed to light, phosphor's electrons excite and jump to a higher state of energy. When the light source is turned off, the extra energy maintains and randomly radiates light, gradually dimming after a couple hours. Apply this glow in the dark technology to clothing and brighten up your trousers for a special event.

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Make sure the trousers are clean and dry to start. Apply a thin layer of acrylic gloss clothing paint with a paintbrush around the entire surface of the trousers. This will seal the clothing's porous texture and create a smooth foundation for the glow paint. Allow this coating to dry completely.

Use a glow-in-the-dark paint that is a solvent-based acrylic (this can be bought online from Glow-Inc) to insure adhesion and flexibility. Regular paint will not flex with the garment and should not be used. Apply the solvent-based acrylic to the trousers with a paintbrush. Allow the trousers to dry completely.

Spray the garment with an airbrush paint sealer. Typically, glow paint will only withstand a few wash cycles. This extra step will add a protective coating over the paint and increase wear-life.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic gloss clothing paint
  • Airbrush paint sealer
  • Glow in the dark paint (solvent-based acrylic)

About the Author

Samantha Cowley is currently editor-in-chief of "UDress Magazine." Cowley began writing professionally for "Traveler-Watchman Newspaper" in 2003, where she created a monthly teen column. Other experience includes internships with "Ports 1961," "Seventeen Magazine" and "Time Out New York." Cowley is studying for her Bachelor of Arts in fashion merchandising at the University of Delaware.

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