Everyone had at least one toy car as a kid that could change colours just by adding water to it. Well, as adults, many of us think of our real cars as toys. So it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to recreate the effect on a much larger scale.
A company out of the United Kingdom, called Auto Kandy, perfected the car paint recipe needed to pull off the effect perfectly. In a video they uploaded to YouTube, a Nissan skyline has hot water applied to it and the auto body paint immediately changes from orange to black, just like our Hot Wheels when we were kids.
In just seven months, the video has gained more than 3.5 million views on YouTube. As it turns out, this was a pretty good indication of the market’s demand. Within a month of the video being online, the shop was already having a difficult time keeping up with orders.
The auto body supplies shop charges around $355.00 a litre for it and can meet any colour combination demand customers want. You can even choose from water- or solvent-borne formulas.
Auto Kandy was able to achieve this amazing effect by making the paint heat sensitive. So the effect happens when warm water is applied. However, this means that continuous sun exposure is able to have a detrimental effect on the paint. The company has reported that it only has a shelf life of around four months before its properties will suffer some from sun exposure.
So if you’re looking for a way to separate your car from the pack, this might just be it. While Rondex carries all kinds of body shop supplies, we don’t currently have that particular type of paint. However, we’d be happy to help you get a hold of some and apply it to your car. Just remember that even though your car looks like a toy, you still need to drive it like a real vehicle.