When I was younger, I would lay in bed and imagine I could see the stars through my ceiling. My dream became a reality when I turned 14 years old. Well, almost a reality. While shopping at a local craft store, most likely with my parents, I found a bottle of glow-in-the-dark paint. Being a mischievous child, I immediately painted random dots on my ceiling, thus creating my window to the heavens above.
When my parents eventually sold our house, long after I had moved out, they found that it took three layers of white paint to completely cover the glowing stars I had painted. My first thought was, why cover them? Surely a new buyer would want a room with a view of the night sky. Apparently my parents did not share my view on this topic.
Fast forward a few decades, and I stumbled across a web site called Glow Inc. They happen to sell glow-in-the-dark paint containing strontium aluminate pigment. The claims made on this site indicate this paint is 25 times stronger than the hobby store paint I used as a kid. Cool! A $10 order later, and I had a new project on my hands. Continue Reading