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There are a wide range of uses for Albedo100 Reflective Spray, both in order to be seen, and for you to see things in the dark. Your imagination is the only limit. You can spray most surfaces utilising the different sprays and can spray custom patterns and designs using stencils.

Albedo100 is easy to apply and effective on a range of different surfaces.

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General

What does Albedo mean?

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. As an example, fresh fallen snow can have an albedo level as high as 0.9 = 90% reflection.

How do the Albedo100 Reflective products work?

Albedo100's products reflect the light back in the same direction as the light that hits the object (different form a mirror). So when you are hit by light from a car it is only the passengers in the car that will see the reflection. People standing at different angles 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.

I still don't understand "Direct Reflection"…

"Okay, take a deep breath… Standing beside the light source you will not see the reflection. This means that to see the reflection you have to be behind the light source. The retroreflection of the particles in the products is based on an index of refraction which makes the light reflect in the same direction as the lightsource- the 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 drivers’ 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. The same condition applies to reflection from a bicycle – light. However bicycle- lamps are seldom so strong, and are in most cases developed for the cyclist to be visible, rather than for the cyclist to see. Outside the above mentioned angle the the light which is reflected, is not visible. This is a property that makes our Textile Spray invisible to the naked eye when applied to the textile. A traditional reflector is visible from all angles and developed for maximum visibility. Our Textile Spray is a product to be used when you want to increase your visibility without disfiguring the textile/outfit. The conditions of direct reflection applies to all Albedo100 products. Of the different products, Industrial Spray has the strongest reflective properties. At tests done by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, in an observation angle of 1,5° Industrial Spray has 100% reflection compared to a traditional reflector, and Textile Spray approximately 75%. According to measurements this gives a reflective effect (of Textile Spray) on a distance of 100 m."

How long does a can of Reflective Spray last?

When you spray you use approximately 1 ml/sec. So a 200 ml can will last for approximately 100 sprays.

What does Albedo100 Reflective Spray contain?

Albedo100 Reflective Spray consists of transparent glue, reflective microspheres and propellant gas (butan/propan gas-mixture). In order to optimize adhesion to different surfaces, the formula differs between the sprays.

Is Albedo100 Reflective Spray dangerous?

Albedo100 Reflective Spray is not dangerous, but as with all sprays it should be used as intended and not by children without supervision. Only spray in well-ventilated areas, preferably outside, Do not spray close to eyes, mouth or nose, and do not inhale the spray.

Can Albedo100 Reflective Spray irritate the skin?

This differs between the Non-Permanent and Permanent sprays. Albedo100 Animal and Textile Reflective Sprays are made of components that do not irritate the skin. E.g a glue is used, which is similar to that used in certain surgical operations and plasters. However, Albedo100 Permanent and Industrial Sprays are made of a stronger adhesive element that should not be in contact with skin. But regardless of which product, if you are sensitive you should take care and avoid direct contact with the skin.

Does Albedo100 Reflective Spray stick to all textiles?

Albedo100 Textile Spray adheres to dry textiles and is best on materials such as jeans, fleece, linen etc. The spray is less adhesive to plastic and nylon.

Is it possible to spray on all types of clothing/textiles? Is there anything that it shouldn´t be sprayed on?

You can spray on all clothing. However it is very difficult to remove from leather. Albedo100 Reflective Spray doesn´t affect the surface, structure, feel or colour of the clothing/textile.

I sprayed Albedo100 Textile Spray on my jeans but can´t see any effect?

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 control the result. The best way to control 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.

For how long does Albedo100 Reflective Spray stay on my clothes?

How long Albedo100 Reflective Spray lasts depends on several factors. The main factors are if the sprayed surface is exposed to mechanical wearing, what material you have sprayed on, and the amount of spray. Under normal conditions and wear, the spray usually sticks to e.g jeans for a few days. Since the effect is gradually worn off we recommend that you control the effect continuously and add more spray if necessary. When you wash your clothes, the spray will disappear completely which means you have to repeat the procedure.

How do I remove Albedo100 Reflective Spray from my clothes?

Albedo100 Textile Spray and Animal Spray 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. Remember that Albedo Industrial Spray and Permanent Spray are indeed permanent and is therefore much harder to remove.

Does Albedo100 Reflective Spray stick even if I go out in the rain?

Yes. But remember that Albedo100 Reflective Spray sticks best to surfaces that are dry when you apply the spray. If you go out in the rain after application, the spray will not disappear. It is not until you wash your clothes that the ingredients in the detergent dissolves the glue, together with the mechanical effect, that it will disappear.

I want to spray my kayak and bike and wonder if there is an Albedo100 product that sticks to metal and plastic, is durable, and resists water and detergent?

Yes! In this case you should use Albedo100 Permanent (if you want it to be less grey) or Industrial Spray (if you don't mind it sapplying grey). It isthese sprays that don't disappear when washed. The effect is astonishing on wheels on babystrollers, bicycles, gates, letter boxes, kayaks, garbage cans, tools, metal, painted surfaces, sidewalks, fences, nylon textiles, bicycle-helmets etc.

How do I spray symbols and texts for best result?

The best result is achieved if you cut out templates/stencils and spray on the template (in order to get even edges). Either lay the fabric flat on the ground or cut the stencil out of a pliable material to get the best effect.

Is Textile Spray invisible?

Textile Spray appears invisible on most textiles, but reflects when light is shone on it. On most textiles Textile Spray is not visible in daylight. But on some textiles that are dark and have a smooth surface, and when over applying, the spray might appear slightly grey. In this case you can rub of some of the spray or wash the garment to wash of the spray completely. It does not effect the quality of the textile.

Animal spray

Is it dangerous to spray Albedo100 Reflective Spray on animals?

For animals you should use Albedo100 Animal Spray. It has been developed to give optimum visibility and to be gentle on fur. You should not use Albedo100 Animal Spray on animals that you know are sensitive to shampoo and similar products. You should not spray on wounds or cuts, or in the face. You should apply Albedo100 Animal Spray outside and make sure you spray it in a well ventilated area so that your pet does not breathe in the spray. If you follow these guidelines the product is safe to use and increases the visibility and safety of your pet.

Does Albedo100 Animal Spray work on wet dogs?

If you spray on wet fur the glue will not stick, which in turn means that the reflective microspheres do not bind, as they do to dry fur. So you will get a considerably lower reflective effect when spraying on wet/damp fur. We recommend that you only spray on dry fur. If the fur gets wet after application, it is no problem, it is only during application and a couple of minutes after, that it has to be dry.

Is it dangerous if the animal licks their fur after applying Albedo100 Animal Spray?

The components that stick to the fur after spraying - glue and microspheres are not dangerous. They are not digested in the intestinal system (not bioavailable). But should your pet consume vast amounts you should contact you veterinarian. Always keep the products out of reach of both children and pets.

Does Albedo100 Animal Spray work on wet horses?

Just like dogs, the same applies for horses. We recommend applying only on dry fur. If you spray your horse before your ride, it is no problem if it rains. However you should avoid spraying on wet/damp horses as it decreases the effect considerably.

Where should I apply Albedo100 Animal Spray for the best result?

Best visiblity is achieved on moving body parts. The legs (on front of the front legs and back of the back legs) and the tail gives optimum visibility. If you spray on the front legs, make sure the spray does not get in contact with the pets face. The best place to apply the spray is outside in the direction of the wind, away from your animals face.

Additional

What materials does the spray stick to?

Textile Spray sticks to dry textiles and are most effective on fibrous materials such as jeans, fleece, linnen and certain nylons. The effect may be limited on shiny synthetic materials where adhesion is not as good. Materials that are impregnated are developed so that substances should not stick. On impregnated surfaces Permanent Transparent may also have limited adhesion. You can spray most types of clothing made of natural materials, except leather and mocca. Permanent Transparent does not effect the surface of the textile concerning structure, colour or feel. Industrial Spray can be compared to a lacquer, but with a reflective effect, and is intended for permanent use. Industrial Spray has a grey colour. It is important that the object is dry, and that dirt, grease and other loose particles are removed before application. The spray attaches to dry surfaces. Some surfaces and certain plastics may need to be treated with a primer before use in order to achieve optimum and durable results over time. Pliable surfaces may stiffen if sprayed with Albedo100 Industrial Spray.

Does Textile Spray stick when it rains?

The surface must be dry when the spray is applied. But if you go out in the rain after application doesn´t matter. It is when you wash the clothes that the tencides in the detergent removes the particles.

How long does 'Textile' stay on the clothes?

How long 'Textile' sticks 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 'Textile' 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 control how long 'Textile' sticks to your clothes. If you notice that the reflective effect lessens (see below how to control) you should add more spray. When you wash your clothes 'Textile' disappears which means you need to apply again.

It says on the can that the spray is harmful to aquatic organisms. What happens if i wash my clothes?

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 particleas 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.

It says that the product is flammable. Does this mean that the object I am spraying on will become flammable?

The product contains Butan/propangas which is the same gases that are used in e.g hairspray. The gas propells the particles out of the can but does not stick to the object/textile you are spraying on.

It says on the product that it may cause dizziness. Why is this?

The aerosol propellent (Butan/propangas) is the reason for this. The text occurs on most aerosol sprays, including hairspray (which also contains Butan/propangas). As with all sprays you should always spray in well ventilated areas.

What happens when I wash my clothes - will the spray stick to the other clothes in the washing machine?

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.