Volvo Life Paint – Runner Style!

lifepaint-featured1-1200x800So thanks to my husband being handed this nifty can at a train station in London by way of a freebie – Thanks Volvo – I got to test out this new Volvo Life Paint!
As an avid runner I don’t like to make excuses about the dark but I have to say my budget doesn’t extend to ALL of my running clothes being reflective! So if I don’t have reflective wear I don’t run (unless in dire emergency- like i’m going to throttle everyone otherwise). I am a firm believer in the be safe, be seen campaign and with a small child and hubby at home I refuse to be a statistic.
It is as much my responsibility as a driver to make sure I am safe on the roads at night.
I have to say I was skeptical! I thought it was a practical joke at first and that my husband was going to spray me with silver car paint!
20151109_182312I’m very glad I was wrong. This paint is initially targeted at cyclists but I think it has so much potential for runners too!! It has been proven that multiple points of reflection are the most effective way of being seen in the dark. The Life Paint allows you to use it in various larger areas to be extra safe! and it is a cheaper alternative to buying several outfits of reflective clothing!
You can literally spray it on and go! It works by reacting to the glare lights of headlights (or camera flash in the picture) which makes it “glow” in the dark, so you can be seen.
The water based paint is washable and has yet to stain or discolour anything I have used it on so far! (I pre-tested a few of my favourites )
As you can see I sprayed it on my; shorts, legs and socks (I was wearing a backpack with reflector so didn’t need it anywhere else! ) and it lasted all evening, it is invisible under normal light so when I turned up to netball I didn’t look like I had been attacked by a graffiti gang!20151109_182011
I was stopped on two occasions during my run by passers by other runners asking what it was and where they could get some!
It’s a fabulous and cheaper alternative to reflective clothing that has so many applications, such as;

Kids Clothing/Backpacks for the winter school run

Runners – Including your trainers



Dog leads (not dogs)

All I will say is ; spray it outdoors – it’s an aerosol and goes everywhere

I would definitely recommend to anyone travelling in the dark and wants to be seen! Well Done Volvo!

20151116_183951 (1)*I tested it on a patch of skin and old running gear before spraying it all over myself – so those with sensitive skin may wish to test too*
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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • […] Make yourself seen! – Whether it be torches, reflective gear or headlamps make sure you can be seen, don’t be another statistic, do all you can to make sure you are safe in the dark. For ideas on some of the ways you can be seen check out the Winter Running Kit Essentials  OR take a look at one of my favorites, the Volvo Life Paint […]

  • Random Musings (#)
    December 6th, 2015

    This is a fab idea from a safety point of view and I think it’s something you could have fun with too – some night time spray painting on a canvas for example!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  • Stella Lee (#)
    November 25th, 2015

    This stuff looks like it would be super fun to use for all sorts of things as well as the super sensible safety use. I can imagine it being used by party goers and photographers in all sorts of ways. How cool.

    • Charlotte (#)
      November 25th, 2015

      I hadn’t thought of that! I’m sure it will be a great way to get creative

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton (#)
    November 21st, 2015

    Charlotte, this is the coolest stuff! I love how reflective it is. We live in the suburbs and there are many that walk or ride bike for lack of other transportation, into the city. I cannot tell you how many times I have been startled by a person or bike right next to my car, I did not see them. So thankful that we did not collide, that would be horrible! This would be a perfect gift for someone who is out in the early morning hours and late at night. Not only for them, but for the others on the road!! Thanks for sharing, I hope it catches on!!!

    • Charlotte (#)
      November 21st, 2015

      I know I couldnt believe how little i had heard of it and it’s very inexpensive! thanks for sharing it on facebook too hopefully more can hear about it and will keep them safe too ! x

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