I am the owner of a custom painting shop. We custom-paint racing and motorcycle helmets and motorcycles. I recently had a customer ask if I could paint an entire motorcycle with thermochromic paint. I know very little about this type of paint so I don't know if this is possible.
- Is it possible to do this?
- What kind of cost am I looking at?
- What kind of spray equipment is used?
- Is this a durable product?
- Can it be clearcoated with a urethane-based clear or doesn't it need to be?
Where can I purchase this paint? Any information you can share with me would be great! Thanks. N.S.
Will wonders never cease? Next, they will want to paint automobiles colors other than black. I will try to answer your questions by the numbers.
- Thermochromic paint can certainly be used to paint an entire motorcycle.
- I usually don't quote prices. (The paint suppliers don't tell me how to answer my questions, and I don't tell them how to price their paints.) These materials are specialty coatings and will be priced accordingly (that means higher priced than regular paints).
- These paints can be applied using conventional equipment. They are made using standard resins. It is the pigmentation that makes them thermochromic.
- They are durable products for the reasons given in answer No. 3.
- They can be clearcoated for the reasons given in answer No. 3.
- It is my practice not to provide supplier information in Painting Clinic. I suggest that you go to the Suppliers page at www.pfonline.com under the various coatings categories for a list of contact suppliers or look in the 2001 Products Finishing Directory and Technology Guide.