2014-08-22 (F) Electroluminescent Paint

Not to long ago I finished with the Conductive Paint Experiment and it was a lot of fun. People liked the project and I learned a lot from it. Lots of people had questions on Instructables.com and pretty long thread developed in the comment section. Another paint experiment I had been itching to try out was electroluminescent (EL) paint.

I have had experience with EL wire and I still have some equipment left over, like different size inverters. Inverters convert DC power into AC power. In this case the inverters convert regular batteries into 120VAC but a higher frequency than what comes from the wall.

From a video I saw one person claims to have seen light from glow-in-the-dark spray-paint, conductors, and a battery.

Enough background.

Acrylic glow-in-the-dark paint was purchased from a hobby supply store. It was mixed with graphite powder at a ratio of approximately
     1 part graphite powder
     2 parts glow-in-the-dark paint
by volume. A test swatch was made by using the side of the toothpick used for mixing. More paint was added to the mixture to change the ratio to
     2 parts graphite powder
     5 parts glow-in-the-dark paint
Another swatch was painted. More paint was added to the mixture for a new ratio of
     1 parts graphite powder
     3 parts glow-in-the-dark paint
All three swatches will be dried for 12 hours then tested for conductivity and luminescence.

 Materials: Graphite powder, glow-in-the-dark paint, container, and a toothpick

Amount of glue for first sample

Amount of graphite for first sample 

First graphite sample settled

First sample mixed and a swatch painted

Glue added for second sample

Color and swatch of second sample

Glue added for third sample

Mixing of third sample

Third sample mixed and a swatch painted

To do:
  • Dry for 12 hours
  • Test for conductivity
  • Test for luminescence

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