DHi Photoluminescent Safety Paint Now Approved for New York City Buildings

DHi Photoluminescent Safety Paint Now Approved for New York City Buildings

Arlington, VA (January 9, 2008)—Defense Holdings, Inc. (DHi) announced today that the New York City Department of Buildings has formally granted a Materials and Equipment Acceptance (MEA) number to the company’s

  breakthrough AfterGloTM High Performance Photoluminescent Green safety paint. Now owners of Class E office buildings in New York have an attractive, cost-effective, easy-to-apply alternative to tape-based photoluminescent (PL) safety products currently in use on stairs and stairwell landings. These were initially the only products available to address updated building safety requirements mandated by Local Law 26 in 2006.


DHi’s new paint is the definitive solution in challenging building environments where available adhesive-backed appliqué products have proven unsuitable for wall or stairwell application due to irregular surface conditions or other related issues. A one gallon kit of DHi’s AfterGlo High Performance Photoluminescent Green will cover 400 square feet or a 1 inch stripe, 2,400 feet long. The cost of the paint for a 1 inch stripe? Less than 40 cents per linear foot. This compares favorably to tape, plastic, or aluminum backed PL products selling commercially at $1.50 per foot or more.

DHi’s High Performance Photoluminescent Green paint can be brushed or rolled directly on concrete, wood, metal, or painted surfaces. It can be used on floors as well as vertical surfaces such as door trim. It’s a tough, abrasion-resistant acrylic polymer coating that resists wear and tear. Application is simple. And when the job is done, it’s easy to clean both brushes and accidental spills with soap and water when the paint is still wet. When properly cured, the coating can be washed with standard household and institutional cleaners and a stiff bristle brush.

An added bonus: For building owners concerned with the environment, DHi’s new premium PL paint is the perfect answer. Since it charges with existing ambient light, it requires no additional electricity and doesn’t require electric power to operate. It’s the ideal “green” solution for emergency stairwell safety, fully compliant with Local Law 26.

The New York City Department of Buildings’ MEA division regulates materials and equipment requiring the Department’s acceptance, including manufactured items affecting public safety, health, and welfare that are usually considered a permanent part of a building. The new MEA number for DHi’s AfterGlo High Performance Photoluminescent Green paint is MEA 387-07-M.

DHi is a world-class team of dedicated engineering professionals committed to developing and deploying innovative technologies to advance the national interest and improve the lives of all Americans.