High Index Micro-Bead Paint Kit - Makes Paint Retro-Reflective!
Comes with One Pint of Quality Acrylic Paint and One Pound of Bright High Index Reflective Glass Micro-Beads, a small brush and instructions.
Paint Comes in your choice of Acrylic White, Blue or Yellow.
Each Kit covers about 10 Square Feet
Uses include: Art Projects, Craft Projects, Architecture, Reflective Signage as well as traffic marking, airports, fire lanes, loading zones, manufacturing plants and warehouses. Beads are to be applied on top of paint while paint is still wet.
High Index Reflective Glass Beads Features:
-The brightest reflective glass beads!
-High performance retro-reflective glass beads significantly improve visibility of pavement markings.
-Same beads used for signs and for reflective safety tapes.
-Great texture and very high retro-reflective visibility for arts, crafts and artist projects!
High Index Micro beads–Type 3 micro-beads (under 100 microns) are our brightest smallest reflective micro-beads, manufactured using virgin glass. These tiny High Index beads offer superior performance and durability due to their extremely smooth surfaces, greater than > 98 % roundness and less than 1% air inclusions which results in a very high refractive index of > 1.91.
One pint of Acrylic Paint - High quality, Easy to Apply, 100% Acrylic Paint. Formulated to dry quickly and will not bleed on the surface. Dry time at 77ºF (25ºC); 50% relative humidity.15 minutes to touch, 50 minutes for Traffic. Times listed may vary depending on temperature, humidity and air circulation. Choose Acrylic White, Blue or Yellow. Perfect viscosity for applying reflective glass beads. Good Color fastness. Paint is durable and resistant to heavy traffic and weather.
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To apply reflective glass beads just sprinkle the beads on top of paint or the adhesive medium while that medium is still wet or tacky. Be sure not to push the beads down into the medium just sprinkle on top and let dry. If glass beads are pushed down too far into the medium, they will not reflect as well. After the medium dries brush off the beads that did not stick collecting them for later use.
Applying to a vertical surface is tricky. The glamourous way is to use a gravity feed air gun or sandblaster. Most people do not have sandblasters or air guns laying around. Therefore, here is the easiest way we have found. Toss the reflective glass beads onto the wet medium (paint.) Be sure to collect beads using plastic sheeting.
Yes, however reflective glass beads and Lightning Brand Paint are retro-reflective and will reflect back the color of the light source directly back to the source. When there is color underneath the color will show through however, usually lighter than original color depending on the light source.
No, beads need light in order to reflect back that light. It is important to note that even applying a clear coat over the reflective glass beads will greatly reduce or negate reflectivity. Mixing reflective glass beads into paint will only give you a nice texture but no retro-reflection.
The Department of Transportation recommends 5-6 pounds of reflective glass beads for every gallon of paint used. So 2 pounds of glass beads for every quart, 1 pound of beads for every pint. Do not mix beads into paint they will not reflect because glass beads need light in order to reflect light back to the source. A gallon of thick latex/acrylic paint will cover about 80-100 square feet
Reflective glass beads are typically applied to make an object or surface more visible and safe. Over the years we have had many clients use these glass beads in wonderfully creative and unusual ways. For instance, we have had Disney, Hollywood studios and Film companies use the beads for chromatography as well as special effects. Clients have used beads to mark weather balloons, sea buoys, hunting trails, trucks and more. One creative customer used our High Index Glass Beads to enhance the rims of a vintage Ford Model A. Artists use our glass beads in sculptures, paintings, prism light boxes, canoes, fashion, jewelry, signs, urban murals, screen printing and more. What creative idea will you have?
Retro-Reflection happens when light enters the bead finds the edge and is returned directly back to the source of that light only. Retro-reflection is directional. You only see the reflective glass beads reflect when your eyes are at the same level or in between the light source and the beads. Factors that affect the brightness (refractive index) are clarity, roundness and inclusions/air bubbles. The size of the reflective glass bead affects the angles that the bead can reflect.
No, glass beads will not reflect properly because light cannot find the edge of the glass beads in order reflect.