You may remember hypercolor shirts or freaky freezies gloves. Well technology has come a long way since the eighties. We now have heat sensitive paint for in-shop applications. This isn’t for any project and you have to pay top dollar for the materials, but the results are amazing.
The vehicle in the video below is a Nissan Skyline R33. This souped up street car was coated over with a heat-sensitive coating that changes color. It was developed by Auto Kandy, a body shop in the UK.
On this car, the paint changes from orange to black when hot water is poured on it. This effect can take place with any color combination.
The video below has been such a hit that the company says it’s having difficulty keeping up with orders coming in from all over the world.
The reactive paint is sold for $319.44 USD per liter, with colors other than black subject to a five-liter minimum order. The coating is available in solvent- or water-borne formulas but only has a shelf life of four months and will eventually lose some of its color-changing properties from sun exposure.
For the Nissan Skyline, Auto Kandy used between six and 7.5 liters of the paint, applying it in "many light coats."
Love it or hate it, there are definitely worse custom car paint jobs out there.
By Dave Scaturro, Sales Director for Alpine Painting.
Credit to: "Color-Changing Car Paint is Hot." Paint Square. 11 October 2013: http://www.paintsquare.com/news/?fuseaction=view&id=10357&nl_versionid=3478