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Old 01-20-2021, 09:35 AM
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Default VantaBlack anyone?

Anyone anywhere tried some of that badass Vantablack paint on any part of their airplane?

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/ne...tablack-906158
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Old 01-20-2021, 09:48 AM
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I would if they had a darker color.
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:04 AM
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Default White?

Is it available in white? And what about primer???
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:26 AM
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Anyone seen my airplane? I lost it. Wham! Oh, there it is.
If they make clear, you can paint the airplane and be Wonder Woman.
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Honestly, it would be really hard to spray. Black is hard enough to see.
That stuff would be like spraying a hole.
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Old 01-20-2021, 11:51 AM
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Honestly, it would be really hard to spray. Black is hard enough to see.
That stuff would be like spraying a hole.
It's worse than you probably could imagine. It's extremely fragile and it's apparently super toxic since it uses carbon nanotubes that have to be aligned vertically during spraying and drying.

There is an interesting feud going on between artists that lead to Black 3.0 which can actually be fairly easily applied and is non-toxic.
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Old 01-20-2021, 04:53 PM
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Hmm, how about painting the panel? Certainly would reduce glare!
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:05 PM
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Now thats black
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Old 01-20-2021, 10:59 PM
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Flat paint has more aero drag than gloss.

How much draggier than flat paint would your plane be with this paint?
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Old 01-21-2021, 06:48 AM
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Hmm, how about painting the panel? Certainly would reduce glare!

Now that's a pretty neat idea. I wonder how much impact that would make to heating the panel from sunlight though... Super neat to see I imagine, but... hot to the touch??? Heat up the glass electronics? I know the iPad is a super sissy when it comes to heat.
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Old 01-21-2021, 04:01 PM
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They painted a BMW with this back in 2019...

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a2...x6-vantablack/

There are some others out there, as well (Acktar makes various coatings, such as Magic Black, Lambertian Black, etc.).

I have always thought coating an RV with one of these would be absolutely awesome. Probably cost you a mint to do it, though, sadly.
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