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Old 10-26-2023, 09:27 AM
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Default Are There Any GLOSS Fluorescent Paints ?

QUESTION :

Are there any GLOSS Fluorescent Paints of are they all FLAT ?

This KRYLON spray paint "claims" to have a "Gloss" finish . . .

https://www.grainger.com/product/KR...um-Spray-54TJ73


This Rust-Oleum paint also claims to br "Gloss" . . .

https://www.stanfordhome.com/shop/p...ange?SKU=796217

Does anyone have any first-hand knowledge of either of these paints, or any others ?

No, "water-based Acrylic" paints, please . . . Spray paint is preferred.

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Old 10-26-2023, 05:09 PM
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Tamiya fluorescents are gloss. Fantastic paint! Yes, it’s pricey! Do I care? No!
It is very smooth. Most flat fluorescents are textured. They may be bright, but I hate their texture.


This rocket pictured is Fluorescent Red (TS-36). I have also tried the Orange (TS-96), which is equally bright and glossy. It is so bright my camera struggled to pick up the silver name decal.

Tamiya also makes fluorescents in their PS line — yellow, green, and pink. (PS27,28,29) It is designed for polycarbonate use (RC car bodies). They work fine on “normal” materials. I usually apply any fluorescent colors over white.
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Old 10-26-2023, 06:30 PM
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Tamiya fluorescents are gloss. Fantastic paint! Yes, it’s pricey! Do I care? No!
It is very smooth. Most flat fluorescents are textured. They may be bright, but I hate their texture.


This rocket pictured is Fluorescent Red (TS-36). I have also tried the Orange (TS-96), which is equally bright and glossy. It is so bright my camera struggled to pick up the silver name decal.

Tamiya also makes fluorescents in their PS line — yellow, green, and pink. (PS27,28,29) It is designed for polycarbonate use (RC car bodies). They work fine on “normal” materials. I usually apply any fluorescent colors over white.


Is that a "rattle can" paint, or did you use an airbrush.

The reason I ask is that the rocket I will, eventually, be painting, is rather large ( 6" diameter X approx. 10' tall - It will be a Level III Cert Flight, next year ).

I will be using an AEROTECH M650W "Moonburner" . . .

http://www.nar.org/SandT/pdf/AeroTech/M650W.pdf

Pic below of a similar paint job on the same rocket, a "Competitor 5" by Wildman.

https://wildmanrocketry.com/collect...ts/competitor-5

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Old 10-26-2023, 07:02 PM
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Is that a "rattle can" paint, or did you use an airbrush.

The reason I ask is that the rocket I will, eventually, be painting, is rather large ( 6" diameter X approx. 10' tall - It will be a Level III Cert Flight, next year ).

Pic below of a similar paint job on the same rocket, a "Competitor 5" by Wildman.

https://wildmanrocketry.com/collect...ts/competitor-5

Dave F.


Looks like an upscale LOC Laserloc, which I always liked.

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Old 10-26-2023, 09:18 PM
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Tamiya fluorescents are gloss. Fantastic paint! Yes, it’s pricey! Do I care? No!
It is very smooth. Most flat fluorescents are textured. They may be bright, but I hate their texture.


This rocket pictured is Fluorescent Red (TS-36). I have also tried the Orange (TS-96), which is equally bright and glossy. It is so bright my camera struggled to pick up the silver name decal.

Tamiya also makes fluorescents in their PS line — yellow, green, and pink. (PS27,28,29) It is designed for polycarbonate use (RC car bodies). They work fine on “normal” materials. I usually apply any fluorescent colors over white.


Did you spray a white undercoat first ? Flat or Gloss ?

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Old 10-27-2023, 10:27 AM
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Looks like a great application for some MIL-spec drone orange.
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You can shine up a flat finish with polishing compound. After you polish, additional gloss is obtained with a soft cloth and lots of elbow grease. This is not a full gloss finish, but a decent semi-gloss shine.
Putting a gloss clear coat on a fluorescent finish will diminish some of the "glow". A fluorescent will end up looking closer to a normal orange paint. Still a glowing color, but not as effective.
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You can shine up a flat finish with polishing compound. After you polish, additional gloss is obtained with a soft cloth and lots of elbow grease. This is not a full gloss finish, but a decent semi-gloss shine.
Putting a gloss clear coat on a fluorescent finish will diminish some of the "glow". A fluorescent will end up looking closer to a normal orange paint. Still a glowing color, but not as effective.


THIS is my new go-to for fluorescent and I can seem to find it ONLY at True Value Hardware stores.

The fins of this Nike Smoke are painted with the Hot Red and with the Yellow. It's not quite as glossy as the cap of the rattle can, but after a couple of applications of acrylic floor polish it's far more glossy than any other fluorescent I've used.
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Did you spray a white undercoat first ? Flat or Gloss ?

Dave F.


If I have a can of white primer, I will use that, even if I have used gray primer first. Other wise I use flat white, usually Rustoleum. I think it is easier to see any issues with the finish., versus gloss. Rustoleum also has a semi-gloss. I use this often for white topcoat, gives a more realistic finish for scale builds, IMHO. It is also glossy enough to provide a smooth base for decals.

Also, Tamiya paint is fine over Rustoleum, it is an acrylic lacquer and not as volatile as traditional lacquer paint.
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<snip>Putting a gloss clear coat on a fluorescent finish will diminish some of the "glow". A fluorescent will end up looking closer to a normal orange paint. Still a glowing color, but not as effective.
The reason clear coats can dull fluorescent colors is that they typically block UV. This UV is what causes fluorescent paint to do its magic - the UV light interacts with the paint to emit light in the visible spectrum. Combined with the visible light reflection, it appears extra bright.

I'm going to have to try that True Value stuff, thanks Jeffy. And maybe that Tamiya stuff too, Lee.
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