Frequently Asked Questions about UVision
Does the paint look like normal flat paint to us?
fluorescent white paint the same thing?
Can't a normal black light be used to test for UV
So conventional snow goose decoys really look
black to geese?
Does the paint on regular decoys just not reflect UV
How would this paint work for silhouettes or windsocks?
Do all waterfowl colors reflect UV?
How much of a difference does
If you were to use stuffers, would you get the same
only work on snow geese?
Do the birds still see colors
like the green on a mallard and the blue on its wings?
We’ve been successfully hunting waterfowl for
many years, why would we need UVision?
Can the paint be applied the
same way as regular paint?
Can I spray the paint?
Can I thin the paint?
Are there any special precautions that need to be taken?
Can I adjust the color by mixing with other paint?
Can I paint over the existing paint on my decoys?
How well does the paint stick to bare plastic?
Can I apply the paint to Tyvek?
Can I apply the paint to foam or cork decoys?
Can I buy Parker Decoy Paint with UVision in stores?
How long will it take to
receive my order?
Does the paint look
like normal flat paint to us?
Decoy Paint with UVision looks and acts like normal
oil based paint. The colors of our
paints will appear normal to human eyes but will possess the UV reflection
appropriate for that feathered area of the bird. Only by using UV imaging equipment
will you be able to see the difference.
fluorescent white paint the same thing?
paint which looks bright under a black light is not the same thing as
UV-reflecting paint. Fluorescent paint
absorbs the UV portion of light and re-emits it at another wavelength – one
that can be seen by humans. This is why
it appears bright to us. Optical
brighteners that are used in fabrics and detergents are based on this same
effect. UV reflective surfaces are
different. They simply reflect the UV wavelengths rather than absorb them. Since the wavelength is not affected by
reflection, we are still unable to see them and the surfaces do not look any
different to us.
Can't a normal black
light be used to test for UV reflection?
normal blacklight does emit UV but our eyes can't see
it. Black lights also emit a small
amount of visible light near the lower end of our wavelength range. This is the
violet light we see when a black light is on.
You’d need UV imaging equipment to see the UV light coming off a black
our T-shirts glow under a black light, we are not seeing UV reflection. Objects that glow under a black light are
fluorescent - they absorb the UV and re-emit it as visible light. That's why a
white t-shirt seems so bright under a black light, it
takes the invisible UV and converts it to visible. Blaze orange and other fluorescent colors do
the same thing, just at different wavelengths.
people mistakenly call fluorescent paint UV paint but it isn't. If an object
glows brightly under a black light, it is absorbing UV.
conventional snow goose decoys really look black to geese?
This is a common conclusion that many people reach after seeing our UV images.
Birds see all the other wavelengths that we see in addition to UV. So the birds don't see "black
decoys" if only the UV is missing. We think it would be closest to someone
describing what red looks like to a color blind person. We are like color blind
geese. We can not see one of the colors that they can see.
humans, if you had a white object and removed the blue component, it would
appear yellow (follow the Exploratorium link to convince yourself). It's
impossible to know right now exactly what a bird sees because color perception
is part eye structure and part brain circuitry. Science knows a little about
the former and even less about the latter. But we know that they see UV and
that many of their feathers reflect UV.
Does the paint on
regular decoys just not reflect UV light?
standard decoy paints don't have UV reflection (other than a small baseline).
These paints absorb UV light for two reasons: 1) because the white pigment that
most strongly reflects the visible wavelengths that humans see also strongly
absorbs UV, and 2) to protect the paint from
yellowing/oxidizing. These are the reasons why virtually every
exterior paint is great at absorbing UV because coatings scientists want
the paint to absorb UV to protect the substrate and the polymer binder of the
paint. Parker Decoy paint with UVision has been
formulated with non-yellowing paint that is opaque so that the underlying decoy
shouldn't be exposed to UV if it is properly and evenly applied. The paint has
been formulated to have the proper amount and type of UV reflectance to match
the feather's reflectance.
How would this paint
work for silhouettes or windsocks?
does reflect UV, but windsock heads, either plastic or coroplast,
do not. Also, the gray paint on your
windsocks should reflect some UV, but typically do not. These two areas must be repainted in order to
match the reflection of waterfowl feathers.
Sillosocks are now made with UV reflecting
Do all waterfowl
colors reflect UV?
not all waterfowl feathers reflect UV.
Generally it is the lighter colors: whites, tans, and grays. Darker
browns and black do not reflect UV, nor do the greens, blues or reds. Based on UV imaging and UV-Vis spectroscopy,
we have reformulated only UV reflective colors.
How much of a
difference does UVision make?
hunters who have used our products have noticed a difference in the way ducks
and geese respond to decoys with our paint.
In general, our testers have seen the biggest difference on bright sunny
days and with mature birds. Other factors will still matter: good cover, camouflage, decoy type, spread design,
location, weather and luck.
If you were to use
stuffers, would you get the same effect?
paints are formulated to be the same colors (including UV) as the natural birds
and would match that of stuffers as well.
Some fullbodies are identical in form to
stuffers and even have more lifelike motion but we believe that the mature
birds learn to recognize the color difference.
We think that correcting this difference may make fullbodies
as effective as stuffers.
Does UVision only work on snow geese?
snow geese have the most white feathers, it makes sense that non-UV reflective
decoys will be the most noticeable to snow geese. However, other waterfowl have a significant
amount of UV reflection. The cheeks,
rump and breast of a Canada Goose all reflect UV, as
does the back of a mallard drake.
Pintails, canvasbacks, bluebills and many other ducks have large areas
of white which have a bright UV component. Typically, these are the areas of a
bird that stand out when seen from a distance.
Do the birds still see
colors like the green on a mallard and the blue on its wings?
see all of the wavelengths that we see, but those colors look different to
birds because their eye and brain structures are different. This is true for both UV reflective colors
and non UV reflective colors. Bird cones (the color receptors on their retinas)
are not sensitive to the same wavelengths as humans. Bird cones are also more sensitive in blue,
violets, and UV. These facts along with brain structure differences (and some
other cool things) make their vision system so different that they see colors
in a much more sophisticated way than we can imagine because it is not within
the realm of our sensory experience.
We’ve been successfully hunting waterfowl
for many years, why would we need UVision?
know that conventional decoys work. Even
very primitive decoys, like milk jugs, have been used successfully to bring in
birds. However, better realism makes
decoys more effective, especially under tough conditions or with mature
birds. Decoys with more realistic shape,
texture, and motion have been developed over the years, but differences in bird
and human color vision have not been correctly addressed until UVision was developed.
If you believe that you get better results with more realistic decoys,
then you believe that UVision technology can help you
make the most of your hunting.
waterfowl hunting is as much about eliminating threats as it is about realistic
decoys. After experiencing hunting
pressure over time, ducks and geese can learn to avoid potentially threatening
situations. We believe decoys with
incorrect color can be a signal to these birds that hunters are near. Juvenile birds may not know any better, but
having the right colors can be critical when trying to bring in mature birds
who have been shot at a few times.
Can the paint be
applied the same way as regular paint?
Decoy Paint with UVison technology contains
proprietary pigments and a unique formulation, but it is still paint. It
behaves the same way that you would expect any other oil based paint to
behave. There are no special techniques
that need to be used to apply our paint.
Can I spray the paint?
Yes, Parker decoy paint can be sprayed using conventional
Can I thin the paint?
Yes, it can be thinned using normal paint thinners.
Are there any special
precautions that need to be taken?
technology does not pose any special safety or environmental risks. Of course, you should take all of the normal
precautions when dealing with oil based paint, including ensuring adequate
Can I adjust the color
by mixing with other paint?
but you need to be careful. To adjust UV
reflective colors, you can mix them with other UV reflective colors. To lighten the color, simply add white paint.
To darken them, add one of the tan colors.
Can I paint over the
existing paint on my decoys?
of Parker Decoy Paint to existing paint should be excellent. However, you must make sure that the existing
paint is adhered well to the plastic substrate.
If there is any sign of peeling or chipping, it is recommended that you
remove it before repainting.
How well does the
paint stick to bare plastic?
As an oil based paint, Parker Decoy Paint has excellent
adhesion to plastic. The addition of UVision technology to these paints does not in any way diminish
the adhesion or durability that hunters have enjoyed over the years.
Can I apply the paint
paint to a flexible substrate such as Tyvek presents
some challenges for adhesion and durability.
However, we have had many customers who have successfully done
this. Please be aware that Tyvek is naturally UV reflective, so there is no need to
paint it white. Only the gray (UV reflective) or black (non-UV reflective) areas
would ever need to be painted.
Can I apply the paint
to foam or cork decoys?
of our customers have painted foam or cork decoys with great results.
Can I buy UVision in stores?
decoy paint kits are available at numerous retail outlets. However, it will be several months before Parker
kits with UVision begin to replace the inventories in
these stores. Be sure to look for the UVision logo to be assured that you are buying UV
How long will it take
to receive my order?
Most orders are shipped within 48 hours. You will be
notified if there are any delays for your order.