Thermochromic Paint

Question: I am the owner of a custom painting shop.

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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.

  1. Is it possible to do this?
  2. What kind of cost am I looking at?
  3. What kind of spray equipment is used?
  4. Is this a durable product?
  5. Can it be clearcoated with a urethane-based clear or doesn't it need to be?
  6. 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.

  1. Thermochromic paint can certainly be used to paint an entire motorcycle.
  2. 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).
  3. These paints can be applied using conventional equipment. They are made using standard resins. It is the pigmentation that makes them thermochromic.
  4. They are durable products for the reasons given in answer No. 3.
  5. They can be clearcoated for the reasons given in answer No. 3.
  6. It is my practice not to provide supplier information in Painting Clinic. I suggest that you go to the Suppliers page at under the various coatings categories for a list of contact suppliers or look in the 2001 Products Finishing Directory and Technology Guide.


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