Today I happened to see on the internet a patriotic looking Lamborghini with a hidden Captain American coating image. A popular German graffiti artist, Rene Turrek, once again turned his “graffiti” into a painted work of art. It began as a black Lamborghini Gallardo and Turrek, using a temperature-sensitive paint, created quite a stir. Once hot water is splashed on the car, the black fades into the familiar red, white and blue stripes on the back and Captain America’s face appears on the front. Prior to this endeavor, Turrek had used a heat sensitive paint on a BMW which, when exposed to hot water, became a Hulk-mobile. Check it out on google.
It’s not new technology - these temperature sensitive paints have been around for a while and can also bear the smart coatings label. It’s not much different than when HOT WHEELS® had cars for kids years ago that changed color when put in warm water. Today they offer their COLOR SHIFTERS COLOR SPLASH SCIENCE LAB PLAY SET. I think it’s a great way to get kids interested in science and color.
The Lamborghini should not be confused with the supposedly paramagnetic paint cars that were popular viewing on YouTube over a year ago. Those cars and the paramagnetic paint claim generated lots of interest but was a hoax and made to look very real with available software.
Another interesting aspect of color/pigment and paint technology is paramagnetic or electroluminescent paint. At litcoat.com you can see some interesting examples and video of electroluminescent paint. It consists of LitCoat pigment dissolved in a carrier, sandwiched and electro-powered between two electrodes. Without current it looks like normal paint on an object. When energized, the electroluminescence is activated. The potential is there for painting all sorts of objects both from a safety perspective and just for fun.
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