Black & Blue

This Fun Stuff is more educational than usual so science and color nerds…get the party started. We are going from black to blue. In fact, these are darkest blacks ever developed. The first video is a nano coating and gets its dark qualities from a dense nanotube structure, which minimizes light reflectance.

The second clip is not nano based and is so dark the human eye mostly sees three dimensional objects as flat or two dimensional. Reportedly, this material has the lowest light reflectance of any coating made to date.

The third video is fast and fun. Everyone will recognize the product, but may not know that a generic form of this polyurea was developed by then Bayer Material Science (same company that makes aspirin) and now spun-off into a new company called Covestro. The polyurea was used to bullet proof and as ballistic protection for vehicles in the Iraq War especially since city locations had many narrow roads and random small arms fire was more frequent. Vehicles were sprayed and lives and injuries were saved, which makes this coating amazing. The US military could not keep up with the armor plating demand so it was a real innovation and 100s of times faster to use spray protection.

Even if you are not a nerd, the fourth mini-film fun will not be plane to watch, but fun to see. This is PPT’s way of transitioning from black to blue, although the video has nothing to do with either color. We just think it is cool. Watch an eleven day project shot in time lapse and then sped super fast…imagine if we could produce work that quick?

Although not about paint, the fifth video shows us that colors all came from minerals or originated from organic sources well into the 1800s. Also, the source of some colors has been by pure science discovery and sometimes as an accident. Think about ancient times, vivid cave painting and the brilliance of the Renaissance era and someone was likely hand grinding pigments that were dug up or chipped off.

Number six, we covered as a video News item last year, but the discovery is interesting enough to check out again. This is a different, longer clip and is from an actual nerd show, which bungles it a little bit. The main point is that a new pigment was discovered (not a new color) and it has some very interesting properties.

The final one shares some worthwhile stuff (total nerd), but only the brave will last seven minutes, Try it and see how long you can take it…Have fun!

1.The World’s Blackest Material – Vantablack

“It is often described as the closest thing to a black hole humans will ever see.”

A nano coating, but not paint…

(3.45 minutes…interesting for nerds)

2. New Super-Black coating (not nano)

Please note that this is a development product and not yet released. It is not Vantablack or Vantablack S-VIS (as the mask was previously coated with), but a new non-nanotube coating in development. Its total hemispherical reflectance is c.0.3% at 600nm wavelength. In other words, the developers say this material demonstrates darker capacity than Vantablack.

(2 minutes…a cutting edge material)

3. Indestructible Spray

There are a lot of ways to break an egg, but if you want to keep it from breaking, might we suggest Line-X? The company created a spray coating that adheres to nearly anything and is very durable. The spray is mostly designed for use on truck and car parts, but is also used on the walls of The Pentagon in the event of a bombing.

(1.26 minutes…although it plays like a commercial, still good watching; from 25 to 30 seconds shows brief ballistic demo, which is a bomb exploded behind a block wall).

4.Plane Spotting

Virgin Australia recently changed their look, and all of their iconic red planes had to be repainted white. Each plane took 11 days and 68 gallons of paint to complete.

(1.30 minutes cool to watch)

5. The Medieval Alchemy of Color in Manuscripts

Some of the most vivid pigments in medieval manuscripts were manufactured through alchemy, an experimental practice that predates modern chemistry. Today, chemistry deepens our knowledge about paint colors, their identification, and potential continued transformations.

Getty Museum

(3.45 minutes…worth watching start to finish)

6. Scientist Accidentally Creates a New Super Pigment


YInMn Blue was made by accident in a chemistry lab…and it’s a blue different from all others (even though it doesn’t look it!). What would you do with this new blue?

About 5 minutes

7. A story of blue

(7 minutes …bit of a snoozer, but good information if you can stand the music and the narration)

Blue has long proved a problem for artists. There are few blue materials in nature that can serve as pigment for painters. During the Renaissance period artists used a pigment called natural ultramarine, lauded for its rich and striking appearance. In this Nature Video, we visit London’s National Gallery to hear the story of natural ultramarine; where it came from, how famous painters used it, and how advances in chemistry during the 19th century enabled the production of a synthetic version which revolutionized painters’ palettes.