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‘Glow Paint’ Meets IBC/IFC Standards

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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AfterGlow LLC has rolled out a new AfterGlo brand of photoluminescent green safety paint (glow paint) for a wide variety of high-performance industrial, commercial and residential applications.

“Our paint products work extremely well for any application where a paint is used, where there is need for additional visibility in darkened scenarios,” including construction sites, offshore oil platforms, parks and recreation areas and water tanks, said company president and CEO Rich Martin.

 AfterGlo has a variety of marine applications

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AfterGlo photoluminescent safety paint has a variety of marine applications. The AfterGlow brand is approved by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command for shipboard use.

AfterGlo is suitable for masonry, concrete, steel, wood and other substrates and can be applied by brush, roller or spray, the company says.

IBC/IFC Standard

AfterGlo (part number HPPBP01-IBCK-P) complies with UL 1994, which applies to photoluminescent materials used for floor-level markings and other egress path marking systems. Such systems are also used to identify doors, hardware and frames; stairs, landings and banisters; obstacles; egress symbols; information placards, and other features of an egress path.

The paint has been tested by an independent certified testing laboratory and meets the 2009 IBC/IFC requirements for safety paint used in Luminous Egress Path Marking Systems—”the first and only photoluminescent paint” to do so, according to AfterGlow.

Many states, cities and other jurisdictions have recently adopted, or are adopting, the 2009 IBC/IFC standards for floor-level markings and other egress path marking and lighting systems, the manufacturer says.

Safety Code Compliance

AfterGlow’s photoluminescent paint systems are intended for installation and use as required by building and fire safety codes such as the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101; the Building Construction and Safety Code, NFPA 5000, and the International Building Code sponsored by the International Code Council.

“When used with the white base coat and clear top coat provided in our kit, [AfterGlo] forms a tough and damage-resistant, water-based photoluminescent coating system that is UL 1994 compliant as required by IBC 2009 and IFC 2009,” said Martin.

 AfterGlo photoluminescent paint system

AfterGlo complies with UL 1994, which applies to photoluminescent materials used for egress path marking systems.


“… The paint is specifically designed for pedestrian traffic and is durable for both interior and exterior applications; however it is also used on many other surfaces, including the walls and handrails in stairwells. Given the recent East Coast earthquake, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, and now the Southwest Power Outage, we expect even more interest.”

AfterGlow LLC, founded this year in Trenton, NC, provides a variety of customized photoluminescent products, including signs, tapes, cast and molded polymers, metal and polymer extrusions, and NYC MEA and UL 1994 compliant photoluminescent glow paints.

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