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So 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!

life paint can with split background view, dark and reflective over white and normal

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 very often (unless in a dire emergency- like I’m going to throttle everyone otherwise). I am a firm believer in the be safe, be seen campaign and with small children 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 when my husband came home with this Volvo Life Paint free sample and I thought he was going to spray me with silver car paint as a joke!
me standing in front of the door showing the back of my legs and socks covered in reflective life paintI’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 and the Life Paint allows you to use it in various larger areas to be extra safe! Plus, it is a cheaper alternative to buying several outfits of reflective clothing!
You can literally spray it on and go and 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 just in case)
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!me covered in speckled life paint from the front, it looks like snow on my jacket.
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
  • Bikes/Helmets
  • Pushchairs
  • 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!

lower cropped shot of me holding a can of volvo life paint , knees in view showing off my sprayed, reflective socks

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*This is not a paid for review, this stuff is awesome and I wanted to share with you guys. I genuinely think it could save lives!*
*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*
Volvo life paint review, what does it actually do and how it can help runners, dog walkers and kids be more reflective. #runchat #runners #run #running #fitfam #VolvoLifePaint

9 comments on “Volvo Life Paint Review – Runner Style!”

  1. This looks magical! I’m always impressed by the things you can get in this day and age, how useful is this going to be?! It would be great for cyclists, like you say, or just anything at all. I reckon is might be handy for schoolbags too for when the nights draw in!

    Thank you for joining #RVHT 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!!

    • 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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