Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Albedo is a measure of reflective ability. 1.00 albedo means that all of the light is reflected from the surface and 0.00 means that no light is reflected. The whiter the surface, the higher is the albedo value. A black object reflects no light which means that its albedo is 0.00. Snow, however, can have an albedo of 0.9 = 90% reflection.
LifePaint reflects the light in the same direction as the light that hits the object. So when you are hit by light from a car the passengers and driver in the car that will see the reflection. People standing at the ‘wrong’ angle will not see the reflection. Our recommendation is to spray on low areas, since headlights using half-beam tend to be directed towards the ground. The legs are a good place to spray: the combination of being closer to the ground and moving, increases visibility.
When you spray, you use approximately 1 ml/sec. Therefore, a 100 ml can will last for approximately 50 sprays.
LifePaint consists of transparent glue, reflective microspheres and propellant gas (butane/propan gas-mixture). In order to optimize adhesion to different surfaces the formula differs between the sprays.
The spray has direct reflection which means that it reflects light in the same direction as the light source. Standing beside the light source you will not see the reflection.

The retroreflection of the particles in the products is based on an index of reflection which makes the light reflect in the same direction as the light source e.g. a cars headlights. This trait is called retroreflection. The particles we use have a dispersion angle of approximately 0-4°. This means that if the distance between the cars headlights and the driver’s eyes is 1 meter, the reflection is visible from a distance of 15-20 m. The greater distance the greater the advantage. We have confirmed reflection from a distance of 100 m. This means the driver sees the object from a distance and has time to react. The further the distance (up to 100 m) between the object and the light source, the greater the difference in height can be between the lamp and eyes.

Unfortunately we only distribute the UK. We do not distribute outside of the UK.
The limit is 10 cans of LifePaint per customer as the product is not available for re-sale. This is so we can protect availability and ensure as many customers can buy LifePaint.

Health & Safety Questions

LifePaint is safe, but as with all sprays it should be used as intended and children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Only spray in well-ventilated areas, preferably outside. Do not spray close to the eyes, mouth or nose, and do not inhale the spray.
LifePaint is made of components that do not irritate the skin. e.g. a glue is used, which is similar to that on most adhesive plasters. But if you are sensitive, you should take care, and avoid direct contact with the skin.
The aerosol propellent (Butane/propangas) is the reason for this. The text occurs on most aerosol sprays, including hairspray (which also contains Butane/propangas). As with all sprays you should always spray in well ventilated areas.
The product contains Butane/propangas which is the same gases that are used in e.g. hairspray. The gas propels the particles out of the can but does not stick to the object/textile you are spraying on.

Environmental Questions

It is the solvent in the can that is the reason for this text. However the solvent is volatile (dries before it reaches the surface you are spraying on) and does not get close to water.
The solvent which is used in order for the particles to become sprayable is of a ‘fatty’ kind that dries quickly. If the spray for some reason was to be poured directly from the can in to water it could effect the ability for fish and other aquatic organisms to absorb oxygen. Substances that are insoluble in water can stick to the gills, in the same way as for example milk would.
The volatility of the solvent means that it dries before it reaches the object you are spraying on, and does not reach the sprayed surface. This means there is no solvent on your clothes when you wash them.

Product Specific Questions

If you follow the instructions you will get a surface of spray which is invisible in daylight, but light-reflective. So you shouldn’t be able to see the spray unless you shine a light on it. However, do not spray on wet surfaces. Only spray on dry surfaces, otherwise much of the reflective effect will disappear. This applies particularly to fur.
If you don’t see a reflective effect it usually depends on how you test the result. The best way to test the result is to: hold a flashlight at eye-level and shine on the sprayed area; take a photo using a flash, and look at the picture; sit in a car, turn on the headlights, and view the sprayed object from a distance.
We generally advise against using a lacquer as this can reduce LifePaint’s reflective capabilities significantly.
LifePaint sticks to dry textiles and is most effective on fibrous materials such as jeans, fleece, linen and certain nylons. The effect may be limited and easily removed on shiny synthetic materials where adhesion is not as good. Note: LifePaint is only available for soft goods. Hard goods in the film (such as bicycle frames) were sprayed with a separate reflective spray. If you apply LifePaint to metals and hard plastics it will easily wipe off.
You can spray most types of clothing made of natural materials, except leather and mocca. LifePaint does not effect the surface of the textile concerning structure, colour or feel.
The function of detergents is not only to clean the clothes of dirt, but also to bind the dirt/capsule it and take it out to the drain without making the other clothes in the machine dirty. The reflective particles are dispersed in the same way, and therefore reaches the drain together with the dirt, without attaching to the other clothes.
LifePaint disappears when washed. If it does not disappear completely you have probably sprayed too much, and too close to the surface. However, the spray will disappear eventually. Soak the object in water and soap/detergent and carefully rub the surface by hand.
How long LifePaint sticks on clothes depends on several factors. Foremost it depends on if the surface is subject to mechanical wear, what materials you spray on and how much spray you apply (the more spray the longer it sticks).
With normal wear on e.g. a pair of jeans, LifePaint may stick up to a week. If you spray on an object such as your jogging shoes or backpack which is not subject to wear in the same degree as a pair of trousers, the spray sticks longer.
Since the spray wears away and the effect gradually decreases it is good to regularly check how long LifePaint sticks to your clothes. If you notice that the reflective effect lessens you should add more spray. When you wash your clothes LifePaint disappears which means you need to apply again.
To be removed, LifePaint will need both water and a rubbing mechanism to scrub off. Therefore, the product will continue to stick in the rain except for areas where rubbing occurs (inside of arm is an example). But remember that LifePaint sticks best to surfaces that are dry when you apply the spray. Also, the more porous / soft material is the better it will resist being removed.
You can spray different text and symbols. Your imagination is the only limit. For best result use a stencil!
You should not use LifePaint on animals.