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UV Cathode & Clear Neon UV Spraypaint
Page 1 - Clear Neon UV Spraypaint
Author: Philip Lam (Phirewerkz)
Editor: Jessica Holman (Strawberryswirl)
Date: December 14, 2003
Category: Hardware
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UV Cathode & Clear Neon UV Spraypaint

Within the past few years, computer modding has grown at an amazing rate. Soon enough, cold cathodes will be considered a norm for many computer users. The use of lighting in computers can astonish anyone if used properly and appropriately. Cathodes now come in a variety of flavors, including red, blue white, green and multicolor.

However, cold cathodes can only do so much, and cannot be controlled to shine an intensity of color in certain areas, or make certain things stand out. Multi-colored cathodes start to make things a little chaotic with their plethora of spectrums when not used properly. Luckily, there is a solution to this: ultra violet light.

Thanks to Canda Computers I will be reviewing the Clear Neon UV Spraypaint. Here is a quick look at the spraypaint specifications:

Clear Neon UV Spraypaint
Net Weight 10 oz.
Mass 284 grams
Color Blue

Ultra-Violet (UV) Light is a light that is undetected by the human eye. However, certain chemicals during the presence of UV Light absorb that spectrum and re-emit it as visible light. As a result, certain chemicals can emit certain shades of certain colors, and can be controlled by the amount of chemical that is applied. This is almost the same concept used in fluorescent light bulbs, except it emits the whole spectrum of light.

Clear Neon Spray paint
Clear Neon Spray paint

The spray paint is very easy to use; hold the can 3 to 12 inches from the surface and spray in continuous strokes. After about 5 minutes, the paint should be dry and you can see how it looks under the UV light!

I decided to create a stencil and test out how a logo or picture would look when under UV light. I created a stencil using Bristol board and taped the straight edges in order to hide some of the rough cuts that were evident. The outcome was very impressive:

The [XT] Stencil
The [XT] Stencil

The logo is clearly visible under the UV light, and glows a nice blue color. This logo was sprayed on cardboard, which is why paint residue can be seen when the UV light is not on. Overall, logos and pictures should definitely be considered worth trying when you mod a case with this spray paint. The edges look shady in the picture because the stencil was not taped firmly onto the canvas.

One good thing about this UV paint is that if you are not satisfied with the paint job, the paint can be removed with window cleaner or water. However, some porous materials (such as certain plastics, wood and cardboard) are not able to be cleaned. The next mod I tired out is the fan. I decided to only spray the frame of the fan and not the fins to make it look more stylish. I simply folded a piece of paper and curled it around the area exposed to the fans.

The Fan
The Fan
UV Fan
UV Fan

The outcome was pretty remarkable. When equipped with several fans in a case, the UV look will definitely catch a lot of people's attention. However, a word of advice; allow for 10 minutes of drying time when spraying plastics; it seems to take longer to dry. I learned it the hard way.

One of the most evident things about the interior of the case is the wiring job. Split loom is only one of the most popular ways to make the wiring job look professional. So, why not make it glow?

UV Splitloom
UV Splitloom

One disappointing aspect that this spray paint has is that it does not seem to be efficient when applied to shiny and lustrous surfaces. The blue glow after application is barely noticeable, and is immediately covered by the glare due to the reflection of the UV cathode tube. Things such as split loom, and unfortunately chips and buses on motherboards do not glow particularly well. This is a huge setback, because most computer enthusiasts who use Ultraviolet cathodes paint the chips and buses of their motherboards.

Overall, the use of Ultraviolet Spray paint is definitely something to consider if you plan to set your case apart from others. However, readers may want to consider other ultraviolet paints solely because this one does not work well with shiny materials. Since most of the interior of the computer case is shiny, a lot of modding opportunities are unable to be taken advantage of. Special thanks go out to Canda Computers for supplying us with the spray paint as well an Ultra Violet Cathode Tube.

Final Score

3 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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