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    Question Question: Do glow sticks stain if cut open?

    I saw this picture the other night and read that they cut open glow sticks and poured the liquid out on their steps. I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the liquid inside glow sticks will stain concrete or clay tiles. I would like to mark my outside porch steps so that people don't trip. This is a much cooler effect than having the steps lit up with a spot light. Also, do you think that it would still glow once dry?


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    Wow, that's a really cool picture. I don't know the answer to your questions. I have had a broken bracelet's liquid get on my hands and it did eventually come off. I'm not sure about the reactive time though. I have made bracelets for the ToTers and had to reshake during the evening to "juice" them up. I know emergency glow sticks for survival kits are marked for how many hours they will glow so I kind of wonder if once the reaction happens that's it. Curious to the answer however. I think most glow sticks will list them as non-toxic but not sure if they all are or not.

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    http://cyalume.eu/faq.html
    In short, yes, they will leave a stain.
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    Yes most of them do. I had a bunch of military chem lights, a fancy name for glow sticks, that we used to take camping. They would glow for 2 nights while camping. Had a few break open. They don't last as long after broken open, and do leave a stain on clothing. Not sure about on tile or other building materials though.

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    Glow-stick liquid will glow outside the tube as long as there is still hydrogen peroxide reacting with cyalume and fluorescent dye. Used glows-sticks will continue to fluoresce under black-light. I've never used the goo outside the tube, but highlighter fluid most definitely stains concrete for months when dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irishguy View Post
    http://cyalume.eu/faq.html
    In short, yes, they will leave a stain.

    Thanks. That was interesting reading.

    So based on the fact that it will stain the concrete or tile, could he instead use G-I-D paint in a squirt bottle and achieve the same thing using a blacklight overhead or does that stuff stain too? I've never worked with G-I-D paint before.

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    Not only do they stain, they take the finish off of paint and wood. I know as my kids have ruined several pieces of furniture!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Spookie View Post
    Thanks. That was interesting reading.

    So based on the fact that it will stain the concrete or tile, could he instead use G-I-D paint in a squirt bottle and achieve the same thing using a blacklight overhead or does that stuff stain too? I've never worked with G-I-D paint before.
    Well, considering that it's paint, you would have to use a solvent to remove it afterwards. That's a heck of a lot more work than the glowsticks. I'm using washable powder to do a glowing summoning circle in my Cthulhu corner this year. We'll see if that works any better. The only other option that I can think of is covering the stairs with a base layer, but then you would have to deal with other safety issues like slipping and falling. Say, maybe try using black plastic or something taped to the vertical portion of each step (not the tread) and confining the glow paint to that? It might work...
    Last edited by Irishguy; 08-13-2012 at 07:55 AM. Reason: typo....
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    I was thinking of a water-based GID paint that could be cleaned up with soap and water and a scrub brush.

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    Like tempra? It might work. I would test it on a misc concrete slab first. The dyes might soak in.
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