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  Product:     Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint  
  Price:     $22.95 (CAN) / $18 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Compuvision
  Author:     Shennon
  Date:     December 4th, 2003
  Rating:    star star star star star star star star 

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ralph from Compuvision for providing the Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint for review.

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Introduction:

Ultra-violet lighting has been quite popular in the case modding community as an alternative method of illuminating a case interior. There are a wide range of manufacturers who have been marketing products ranging from UV LEDs, cables, fans, case badges, cathodes and multi-purpose UV based dyes used in water cooling applications. While there is only a small percentage of products that are UV based, PC Toys has introduced a new solution to provide consumers the ability to make all their components UV reactant. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint, a product which allows components to glow under Black Neon Light.

Specifications:

Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint provides a nice glowing effect when used with a Black (U/V) Cold Cathode or Neon Light. The product is available in four different colours which include Blue, Red, Green and Purple. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Compuvision website:

Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint - Key Specifications:
Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint: Distributed by Compuvision
One 16oz. Aerosol Can of Neon Maxx
Sprays on clear and glows under black lighting
Invisible in normal light
Dries in approximately 5 minutes
Cleans off with Windex

Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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The Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint comes in a 16 oz. can, which should be enough for most applications. The can features a yellow and white label, with the PC Toys logo, colour of the contents, in this case blue, as well as usage and cautionary information on the back. In order to test how well the Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint worked on various colours and surfaces, I applied the paint in accordance to the instructions in a well ventilated environment. Simply hold the can 6 to 12 inches away from the piece in question and spray in continuous and even strokes.

Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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I sprayed a stack of different coloured Lego blocks, a black 120mm fan intake speaker duct, a purple fan bracket, a metallic green metal lunch box, a silver textured bay cover as well as the white latex painted wall. After the first coat dried, I could not tell if the paint was applied properly since it goes on transparent. In order to see the effect that the spray can produce after one coat I used my black light generator on the parts. I was quite pleased with the results on the plastic Lego blocks as well as the wall. The black fan duct didnít turn out as bright due to the black colour, and the lunch box, fan bracket and bay cover were mediocre at best.

Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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Blue Neon Maxx Black Light Accent Paint
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A second coat was applied after about a half hour to allow the paint to dry thoroughly, although the can states that the paint dries after 5 minutes. After a second coat, the wall looked the best out of the bunch, followed by the Lego blocks. I also noted an improvement in the fan bracket, drive plate and lunchbox, but little improvement on the black fan duct. The can states that the paint will wash off using soap and water, and the Compuvision website states that Windex will works well as a cleaning solution. Using both methods, I proceeded to clean half of each part, including the wall. The smooth surfaces, such as the fan ducts, Lego blocks, and lunch box cleaned up without much trouble, however, the wall and drive bay plate both did not clean very well, and I believe this is due to the rough texture on each surface.

Conclusion:

Unfortunately the pictures included in this review do not do the Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint justice, but I found that it did the job quite well, depending on the itemís colour and surface. Cleaning the product off was surprisingly easy as well, as long as the surface was flat and smooth. For the most part, most items found in a computer are smooth so the initial application to parts should be relatively easy. As the instructions state, this product should be applied in a well ventilated area and allowed enough time to dry. As for the areas such as my wall which did not clean easily, I will either have to resort to scrubbing down the wall with bleach or just re-painting with latex to remove the UV paint. The price tag on a can is $22.95 CDN, which some may find expensive, but depending on your intended use especially with a computer case this product should provide great extended use. Overall, I enjoyed using the Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint and rate this product an 8 out of 10. I would recommend the Blue Neon Maxx Light Accent Paint to those individuals who want to accent their environment (computer or otherwise) with transparent UV reactant paint. If you have any questions regarding this review be sure to visit the Compuvision website for more information or discuss them in our forums.

Thumbs Up! Pros:
  • Provides decent UV properties
  • Works well on smooth and flat surfaces
  • Easy to clean on certain surfaces
Thumbs Down! Cons:
  • Hard to clean textured surfaces
  • Black coloured items do not show the UV qualities very well

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