How To: Make Your Night Bike Glow in the Dark with Phosphorescent Paint

Make Your Night Bike Glow in the Dark with Phosphorescent Paint

With gas prices constantly digging into your wallet, biking will always be a cheap and easy alternative for getting around—and it's a perfect way to get in a little exercise. But with the fall season about a week away, it is going to start getting dark a lot earlier and that ride home might be a little more dangerous. So to save yourself an unexpected trip to the ER, take a little time to make your bicycle impossible to overlook.

We've already shown you how to light up your spokes and handlebars with LED lights, but if you have a little more time on your hands, you can do what Instructables user Adobi did and make your bike really stand out with some glow-in-the-dark paint.

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Basically, you just take the bike apart and make sure you keep track of ALL the pieces. Putting a bike back together is very similar to an IKEA experience—terrible.

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Once ready, prime the frame with some spray paint primer, let dry, then paint with white spray paint. The bike has to be really white, so you'll have to do it a few times if necessary. When you're satisfied with the whiteness, brush on a thin coat of phosphorescent paint. It dries clear, so that's why you needed white paint. Let dry, then all that's left to do is spray on a clear protective coat.

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Then just put it all back together and admire the finished product.

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Now you can cruise the streets at night without any fear of going unnoticed. Check out the complete instructions for a list of materials and more details on the process.

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What's it look like in the morning ?

That is a time-lapse. It's impossible for it to glow like that. I wish people would not post misleading things on the internet. Can't I see what it would ACTUALLY look like?

What IS making it glow? I want ideas that work that do not involve wiring or a huge expense.


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