Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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. Snow, however, can have an albedo of 0.9 = 90% reflection.
Albedo100 Reflective Spray reflects the light in the same direction as the light that hits the object. 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 the ‘wrong’ angle 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.
When you spray, you use approximately 1 ml/sec. Therefore, a 200 ml can will last for approximately 100 sprays.
Albedo100 Reflective Spray consists of transparent glue, reflective microspheres and propellant gas (butane/propan gas-mixture). In order to optimize adhesion to different surfaces the formula differs between the sprays.
The spray has direct reflection which means that it reflects light in the same direction as the light source. Standing beside the light source you will not see the reflection.

The retroreflection of the particles in the products is based on an index of reflection which makes the light reflect in the same direction as the light source e.g. a 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 driver’s 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.

Health Questions

Albedo100 Reflective Spray is safe, but as with all sprays it should be used as intended and children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Only spray in well-ventilated areas, preferably outside. Do not spray close to the eyes, mouth or nose, and do not inhale the spray.
Albedo100 Reflective Spray is made of components that do not irritate the skin. e.g. a glue is used, which is similar to that on most adhesive plasters. But if you are sensitive, you should take care, and avoid direct contact with the skin.
The aerosol propellent (Butane/propangas) is the reason for this. The text occurs on most aerosol sprays, including hairspray (which also contains Butane/propangas). As with all sprays you should always spray in well ventilated areas.
The product contains Butane/propangas which is the same gases that are used in e.g. hairspray. The gas propels the particles out of the can but does not stick to the object/textile you are spraying on.

Environmental Questions

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 particles 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.

Product Specific Questions

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 test the result. The best way to test 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.

Invisible Bright sticks to dry textiles and is most effective on fibrous materials such as jeans, fleece, linen and certain nylons. The effect may be limited on shiny synthetic materials where adhesion is not as good.

You can spray most types of clothing made of natural materials, except leather and mocca. Invisible Bright does not effect the surface of the textile concerning structure, colour or feel.

Permanent Metallic can be compared to a lacquer, but with a reflective effect, and is intended for permanent use. Permanent Metallic 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 Permanent Metallic.

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.
Albedo100 Invisible Bright and Horse and Pets 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 Permanent Metallic is permanent and intended for permanent use, and is therefore not removable.
How long Invisible Bright 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 Invisible Bright 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 pants, the spray sticks longer.

Since the spray wears away and the effect gradually decreases it is good to regularly control how long Invisible Bright stick to your clothes. If you notice that the reflective effect lessens you should add more spray. When you wash your clothes Invisible Bright disappears which means you need to apply again.

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.
Yes! In this case you should use Albedo100 Permanent Metallic. It is a permanent spray that doesn’t disappear when washed. Spray on babystrollers, bicycles, gates, letter boxes, kayaks, wheelie bin, tools, metal, painted surfaces, pavements, fences, nylon textiles, bicycle helmets etc.
You can spray different text and symbols. Your imagination is the only limit. For best result use a stencil!
For animals you should use Albedo100 Horse & Pets. It has been developed to give optimum visibility as well as being gentle on fur. You should not use Albedo100 Horse and Pets on animals that you know are sensitive to shampoo and similar products. You should obviously not spray on wounds or cuts, or in the face. You should apply Albedo100 Horse and Pets outside and make sure your pet doesn’t´t breathe the spray. If you follow these guidelines the product is safe to use and increases the visibility and safety of your pet.
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.