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What is chameleon paint?
Chameleon paint is the common term that has been used to describe paints that change color as you move by them. They are sometimes referred to as “color changing”, or “flip flop” colors. The technology became popular in the late 1990s as chameleon paints with dramatic color shift burst onto the custom paint scene. Since then many have admired the look and even today you can’t help but follow a vehicle that has been painted with chameleon paint to see what color will come next!
How does it work?
I think it is just human nature for many of us who want to know what makes things tick especially when it comes to cool stuff like chameleon paint. The heart of a true chameleon paint is a special made pigment, or coloring agent, that acts to separate light into different color components as the light passes through in a somewhat similar process to a prism yet on a much smaller scale. This separated light is made possible by nano layering of metal oxides on special pigment bases in a highly controlled (and expensive) manner. When applied properly these tiny pigments work in unison provide a paint finish that can alter light in such a radical way that you and I can be standing side by side and see two completely different colors. Chameleon Pigments tend to be semi transparent in nature and part of the process is having the proper base color beneath the chameleon layer. Dark colors tend to work best as they reflect less light which allows the chameleon pigment to do most of the reflecting which is what we want. Black bases are the most effective and most often used. In some cases conventional automotive grade pearls can be blended to achieve a chameleon like effect but the effect is typically less effective and unpredictable.
How many colors do you see?
The colors you see in a chameleon paint job are dependent on the chameleon pigment used and the color of the base used. There are now dozens of different types of chameleon paints many of which offer unique colors. It is not uncommon for one chameleon finish to display 4 or more discernable color hues as you move around a vehicle. This, again, is determined by the quantity and type of chameleon pigment used in the paint formulation.
How long does the effect last?
A well formulated and properly applied chameleon paint finish can display the chameleon effect for many years. During the formulation of the chameleon paint careful selection of resins and proper ultra violet (U.V.) additive packages help ensure long life. During application following manufacturer’s instructions is critical to ensuring long term success. Basecoat Clearcoat systems based on urethane resin systems tend to be the best performers where ease of application and longevity is concerned.
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