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Old 10-10-15, 08:55 AM
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Color changing paint

I wasn't sure whether to put this here, General, or Framebuilder sections. Shopping with SWMBO, followed her into a Del Sol store. They have a color change technology that is pale indoors and becomes colorful in sunlight. They sell nail polish and t-shirts. It really does change color, it's not an optical effect or fluorescence in UV. I was hoping to find a similar product in automotive paint but all in finding is paint that looks different from different angles. Del Sol has a trade name of "Spectrachrome" for their tech but that's no help, as there is a chrome paint product with that name and that's all that comes up when googling. Anyone know of anything?
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Custom Car painters are the places for all that , If you dont find what you want , Ask (online/phone)

the companies that actually make the paints they Buy.

LA is the place for that , Up Here you leave the pickup truck the color it was painted in the Factory.
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PPG and Dupont carry a line of "chroma" changing paints they also carry a chrome tinted paint .....its your bike/car paint it the color you want no matter where you live....tomorrow is only a promise. chromillusion spectra chrome
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Old 10-12-15, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1 View Post
PPG and Dupont carry a line of "chroma" changing paints they also carry a chrome tinted paint .....its your bike/car paint it the color you want no matter where you live....tomorrow is only a promise. chromillusion spectra chrome
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Thanks... but I'm not finding anything other than ChromaFlair type stuff, which looks different depending on light reflection, nothing that actually changes color.

It reminded me of Generra Hypercolor shirts from the early 90's
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What about Thermochromic paint?

I'm not seeing it among the regular auto paint sources and the pigments need to be mixed into a clear base rather than the usual white bases.
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bikes use automotive paint, and I can't imagine a market for something that changes from indoor to outdoor in the automotive market. The stuff that changes color at different angles is pretty cool, but you better like purple and green from the examples I have seen
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The Chroma paint is rediculously expensive. Even in a rattle can it is about $30.00 per can. I was thinking about doing this to my single speed frame at an auto shop and just the paint, primer, and clearcoat was $1200.00
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$1200 for something that changes color every time you drag your bike in or out of the basement? It's a bargain! Just goes to show that more rocket science goes into women's nail decorations than anything else.
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Bikes use auto paint (or powder coating) for durability.

Auto paint is not thermocrhomic or photochromic because that stuff isn't durable, and usually loses effectiveness over time.

You're free to paint your bike with any cool non-auto paint you find, like color changing or reflective coatings.

But, no manufacturer wants to deal with the warranty costs on their bikes so you have to DIY.
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