Conductive Paint Reveals the Faults in Our Concrete Structures

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, but in this case it's more like tons and tons of the latter. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a sort of "sensing skin" that can make it easier to detect faults and damage in concrete structures before they fail and need serious… » 7/09/14 10:20am 7/09/14 10:20am

This Gold Nanoparticle Paint Changes Color Based on Touch

A team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside, recently had a happy accident. While experimenting with stringing gold nanoparticles together, they noticed that the gold kept changing colors from a bright blue to purple to red. Indeed, the more they touched it, the more the color changed. » 5/02/14 2:40pm 5/02/14 2:40pm

I want to dip everything in this magic hydrocoating water paint

Everything I own, everything I will buy, every fiber of my body, everything in this world should be dipped into water paint. The hydrocoating process is popular in weapons and helmets but really deserves to be shmeared all over the world. We might have to come up with better designs but I never want to use a paint… » 12/03/13 10:44pm 12/03/13 10:44pm

3M's Paint Defender Spray Film Lets You Peel the Dirt Off Your Car

A dirty car not only looks bad, it can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency if it affects your car's aerodynamics. But who wants to spend every weekend washing their vehicle, or ponying up for car washes? No one, especially when 3M has created the perfect alternative: a spray-on invisible film that can be easily… » 10/17/13 10:31am 10/17/13 10:31am

Watch Music Make Paint Dance Like You've Never Seen Before

Music is an experience, they say. A great song can serve as a time machine to send you to a particular moment, a specific feeling, a certain memory. You might hear music but you can also see it, feel it and touch it. Touch it? Well, yeah, if you're filling a speaker with paint to make music dance in breathtaking slow… » 10/10/13 1:00am 10/10/13 1:00am

Crazy Brits Made a Real Car Change Color Like Hot Wheels

As a kid, my favorite Hot Wheels toy cars were the ones that changed color in cold or hot water. Tons of fun in the bathtub! But eventually, we all grow up and accept the fact that real cars don't change colors (or jump through waterfalls). Or, you could hang on to those childhood dreams and paint your real car in… » 10/09/13 6:40pm 10/09/13 6:40pm

This Artist Paints With Pigments Made From Toxic Sludge

Nature in all its unspoiled glory has played muse to many artists through the years, but the ever-increasing ways we’ve sullied the earth have, themselves, offered new inspiration for eco-conscious creative types. John Sabraw, an artist and professor at Ohio University, was checking out some abandoned coal mines in… » 8/23/13 12:00pm 8/23/13 12:00pm

I Want To Cover Every Single Wall In This Electroluminescent Paint…

Taking those electroluminescent wires to a whole new level, a company called Darkside Scientific has created a sprayable paint called LumiLor that casts a uniform fluorescent glow whenever a current is applied. So it can be used to cover irregularly shaped objects with ease, and as Boing Boing points out, it has the… » 3/21/13 4:30pm 3/21/13 4:30pm

Future Asteroids Could Be Deflected With Nothing But Space-Graffiti

Our planet's recent close call with one asteroid, and direct visit from another has definitely made it seem important to consider how to avoid the pesky things in the future. One solution is to direct the Sun's power into pulverizing lasers, but another option just involves covering incoming rocks with spray paint.… » 2/23/13 4:00pm 2/23/13 4:00pm

Slow Motion and Explosives Make Painting a Blast

If you want a colorful explosion, you can get your hands on some fancy, professional fireworks, sure. Or, you can take the easy way out and blow up a couple of buckets of paint. You'll be like a Jackson Pollock with a case of M-80s. The Slow Mo Guys went with that second option, and the results are modern art you… » 1/14/13 10:20am 1/14/13 10:20am