Rain paint is a temporary paint that remains invisible until wet, when the originally painted design re-appears until the concrete dries again. It is a great way to instantly brighten up rainy days, add public art to your neighborhood and bond with your neighbors over a fun, artistic project.
The city of Clearwater will provide all the supplies you need for the project including rain paint, a wire bristle brush, painter's tape, and three pre-made stencils (designs will vary).
Here are the steps to installing rain art in your own neighborhood:
1. Contact Neighborhood Services to request your supplies, including the date you would like to pick up and return the materials to the city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department, located at 100 S. Myrtle Ave. Rain paint may only be checked out by residents and resident groups, not businesses or schools. Pick up and drop off must be on a weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Supplies may be checked out for up to one week. Only one bottle of rain paint may be checked out per group. Groups larger than 5 may inquire about additional availability. Note: If supplies are already reserved during your requested period, the city’s neighborhoods coordinator will work with you to find a different check out period. All participants must fill out waivers prior to checking out supplies.
2. When selecting locations for your rain art, look for concrete (not asphalt) that is clean, without cracks and in an area with good foot traffic. We welcome your rain art on public sidewalks but if you plan to paint any private property, get permission from the owner first. Remember, if a tree or awning is above the sidewalk you’re painting, your artwork may not be visible in the rain. Rain art should not be installed on or near corners or curb ramps as it poses a safety concern.
3. Decide on a few designs for your rain art. You may use the city of Clearwater’s stencils (examples below) or you may make your own. Information on designing your own stencils as well as free, downloadable stencil designs can be found here. Note: Rain paint may not be used to depict pornography, profanity or advertisements. Groups who violate these guidelines will be responsible for the removal of their rain art and will not be permitted to check out materials in the future.
4. Install your art on a sunny day so the paint dries effectively and quickly. It takes 24 hours for rain paint to settle into concrete so be sure to paint at a time when rain is unlikely.
5. The cleaner the surface of the sidewalk, the longer your design will last and the more vivid it will appear. Be sure to use a wire bristle brush or broom on the concrete surface before painting it.
6. Make sure your stencil does not shift while rain paint is being applied by using weights or painter’s tape to hold your stencil in place.
7. Apply a very thin misting of rain paint from six inches above your target area. Wait five minutes and then apply a second, even thinner misting of paint. When too much paint is applied, it pools up and spreads underneath the stencil design, causing your work to look messy or even illegible. Do not wet your rain paint to reveal until 24 hours after the paint has been applied. Please, watch this tutorial to see the process in action!
8. Before lifting up your stencil, take a picture in each location your group paints.
9. Rain paint is temporary, lasting only 2-4 months. However, if your installation needs to be removed before it naturally fades, scrub the area with a wire brush, water, and an eco-friendly cleaning product to remove. For a list of eco-friendly products, visit this website.
10. Return the stencils and remaining paint on your pre-determined date to the city of Clearwater’s Planning and Development Department, located at 100 S. Myrtle Ave between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you've designed your own stencils, please consider donating them back to the program so that other groups can use them.
11. Submit photos of the stencils in each location your group painted to Neighborhood Services.
12. Consider adding your rain art to the global Rainworks map so that other residents can view your art.