Best Glow in the Dark Paint for Kids Reviewed in 2018

Are you afraid of the dark?

Well, there’s no need to be. While nighttime can certainly get spooky, it also brings lots of opportunities for fun activities and crafts to the table. Specifically, we’re talking about glow-in-the-dark paint. Spruce up your favorite masterpieces, or make your body a fun temporary canvas with these incredible glow-in-the-dark paint sets.

If you’re looking for inspiration, we suggest a trusted Google search. You’ll find hundreds of cool ideas to kickstart you and your family’s muse. The following paints are all nontoxic and temporary. Read closely if you’re worried about stains on clothes, but they should wash off the body and out of the hair within one or two cycles. Kids will love running around lighting up the night in neon colors. Let everyone paint on each other, or themselves. Use fabric paint to make awesome team t-shirts, or face paint to become your own brightest work of art. Glow paints are wonderful year-round, but especially great at Halloween time. Need a budget-friendly, creative costume? Why not be the majestic alebrijes of the movie Coco, or make your own spooky glowing little monsters? For extra effect, grab a few UV lights, turn off all the lights in the house, and get a good look at yourselves! The following 10 paints are either glow-in-the-dark or UV light-activated. They come highly rated, well-tested, and ready to illuminate your family’s creative spirits.

Last Updated: October 19, 2018
By Amanda Milewski:

There is no need to let the dark of night flip the switch on your creativity...dip into one of our top selections for glow-in-the-dark paint and keep creating! We have recently updated our list to include a number of new safe, nontoxic paints for a wide variety of applications. In addition, we have reviewed all pertinent product information to ensure that it is accurate and up to date.

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Glow-in-the-Dark Paint

Everyone has heard horror stories about glow sticks and children, and at Born Cute we want to make sure that no parent or caretaker should ever fear to give their child a gift, and then spend the duration worrying about how safe it is. Coinciding with that, as long as the product is safe, we want to make sure that it actually works, in addition to how many times it can be used and how many different ways it can be used. Art is versatile, paint should be too! Our three criteria for evaluating these products are simple but thorough: safety, quality of the actual paint and effectiveness, and finally, versatility and usage.

Safety

The term “glow in the dark” immediately warns parents and caretakers alike of the wariness that comes with their child handling any kind of paint that sheds a fluorescent light in a dark room.

All of the paints we’ve listed are, indeed, nontoxic. In fact, most of them are safely used on the face and body! The only paints that should never go near a skin surface are fabric paints–and that applies whether the paint is phosphorescent or not.

Therefore, you can rest assured that your child can safely handle all other paints without having to worry about the potential smear on the face because inevitably, kids will be kids! Please note that any kind of art supply should always be used with adult supervision when dealing with kids 12 and under.

Paint Quality

There’s nothing more disappointing than when you finally get that glow-in-the-dark paint, design a masterpiece, leave it under direct light for a full 24 hours and then when you finally shut the lights off the entire room stays dark.

We know the disappointment that comes with products that simply do not work, and we’re here to spare you that same sinking feeling, especially where kids are concerned! Every paint that made the list is guaranteed to shine in its own light so that you’ll be excited to shut the lights off rather than stalling to keep them on.

Versatility & Usage

Multi-use is our middle name, and these glow-in-the-dark paints have them in spades. Most of the can be used not only on paper, walls, canvases, and windows but can also be used on the face and body.

Turn your face painting up a notch, compromise with your child’s premature tattoo requests with a temporary glowy one, or just simply hand your child a piece of black cardstock and a paintbrush and let their imaginations run wild while they redesign their room.

The only paints that are not included in the body art fun are the fabric and writer paints; fear not because they are plenty versatile as well! You and your family will get miles of fun while painting fun and unique designs on t-shirts, old jeans, even sneakers, and handbags.

There is no end to the fun you can have with glow-in-the-dark paint, you’ll be surprised at how many glow-in-the-dark creations you can come up with when you only have four colors!

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the paint simply glow in the dark, or is a black light necessary?

A: By definition, any paint that is sold as “glow in the dark” means that it will glow in the dark without a black light or UV light source–both may be necessary to activate paint, but not always.

Q: Can this product be used on walls?

A: All paints can be used on walls, depending on the formula and whether you are going for a textured, 3D look or just a smooth look.

Q. Can you use this paint on the bottom of knit socks to make them non-slip?

A: The dimensional fabric paints can be used to paint the bottom of socks to reduce sliding when allowed the proper dry time–at least 24 hours.

Q: Can you explain the “charging” process?

A: To “charge” glow-in-the-dark paints, simply leave them under a light source whether it be a bright artificial light, or even more foolproof, out in bright sunlight for a few hours to activate the glow-in-the-dark properties of the paint.

Q: Do these colors glow their respective colors, or will they all look the same?

A: All colors will glow the color they are, some may be similar but all will be slightly different.

Q: Can I use this paint during the daytime, or will the color not show up unless it’s dark?

A: Unless stated otherwise as an “invisible” paint, colors will show up neon during the day, and glow at night.

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