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I know rit can make cheesecloth glow (the things I have learned here...) but anyone have any idea how I can make a store bought polyester-blend costume get that very nice blue glow?

Any ideas welcome. Thanks!
 

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Phantasmechanics suggests using powdered laundry detergent for an FCG, maybe that would work? What color is the costume, white hopefully?
 

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Good question, Budman. The costume I have is a light gray, so I assume what will work for white will work for that, if I can find something that is safe for cheap polyester blends.

I am also looking at a very interesting civil war dress (reproduction) on auction at e-bay that is mostly dark blue. It has a wonderfully old appearance, but I am not optimistic I can make that glow enough to make it worth my while. I am going for the glowing ghost in the window concept here, and a ghost that cannot be seen sort of defeats the purpose. Anyone with any ideas on how to make dark blue glow?
 

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Anyone with any ideas on how to make dark blue glow?
here's an idea, but it would take some experimenting to see if it would work....Why not soak the dress in watered down neon blue acrylic craft paint? The apple barrel neon blue is a very dark color out of black light and when painted over black is very hard to see, but under a blacklight glows very well. It seems possible that a watered down paint wouldn't change the appearance of a dark blue fabric in normal light all that much, but would still retain enough uv reactivity to glow......untried idea, but worth exploring...
 

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Thanks Dave/SI. I'll give it a try. If it doesn't work, all I'm out is $49 for the dress and the cost of the paint.

By the way, if my wife reads that first line, I, um, meant $4.99, not $49 for the dress. . .
 

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Maybe you're looking for something like this:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=117&products_id=20667

I used Clear Neon paints a few years ago (the old formula) and they looked pretty good in the dark under blacklight and were invisible in the light...unless you sprayed too heavily, then it looked a little milky.

A light coat on fabric should work okay. If I recall correctly, It washed off with detergent & water, and dulled a little when left out in the rain. I never used their new formula, but I'd guess that it must be improved.
 

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Ok after reading this i'm guessing this is to be used for blacklight? Is this for a prop or will you be wearing it?
have you thought about glow in the dark fabric paint. .. or just reg glow in the dark paint.I think that reacts to blacklight, not sure i will check tonite .
I have a shirt with that on and it glows so bright it like having a small light on.
Now I didnt put it on so I'm not sure what they used for it.
But maybe dunking the dress in that or painting it on will work too.
will post results of my blacklight on shirt tonight or tomorrow morning.
 

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well a pic would not work for just the reg glow in the dark. just a black pic but it really does glow well.
here is one with the blacklight on it..
the shirt does not say what they used for GID .
It looks way better in person.

So I guess a fabric GID paint may work..now which kind is best ??
 
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