Usually, when we talk about “glass paint” on this site, we’re talking about Glassprimer™ glass paint. A new kind of “glass paint” is making waves because it’s actually made from glass! This new “glass paint” is actually a high-tech coating, and is intended for metal surfaces to keep them cool in high heat conditions. This coating isn’t made by Glassprimer™; in fact, it’s not in production at all. It was developed at Johns Hopkins University, and was originally presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in late 2015.
Glassprimer™ glass paint has some qualities in common!
One of the biggest problems with metal surfaces is that they heat up in the sun. This causes problems for buildings with metal roofs, ships and “working” metal surfaces like bleachers. If you’ve ever sat on metal bleachers in the sun, you know how uncomfortable they can get! The accumulation of heat on these surfaces makes metal difficult to work with outdoors, prematurely ages them and can require additional energy to cool them off. The newly developed coating from JHU is glass-based. It rejects light and allows the surface temperature of the object to remain at the same temperature as the surrounding air! The coated metal is actually cool enough to touch.
Glassprimer™ glass paint isn’t made from glass; it’s made for glass, and its formulation is designed to make nanoscopic modifications to the surface of the glass that allows the paint to create a permanent bond with glass. Nonetheless, it does have some qualities in common with JHU’s glass coating.
The new coating and Glassprimer™ glass paint are both UV-resistant. Being able to stand up to the intense energy of the sun means that Glassprimer™ glass paint will last for a long time, without fading, peeling or cracking. Ordinary paints break down in sunlight, so Glassprimer™ glass paint is a great choice for projects where sunlight will be a major factor.
Polymer based paints tend to give off a lot of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which make them unpleasant to work with, and can cause health problems in confined spaces. The JHU coating is mostly inorganic, which means few VOCs. Glassprimer™ glass paint is also a low-VOC paint. You can work with it comfortably in enclosed spaces, and it doesn’t emit noxious odors during application or drying.
JHU’s glass-based coating will have some fantastic industrial applications once it hits the market. In the meantime, Glassprimer™ glass paint is already here and offers some outstanding benefits for a wide range of surfaces. If you’d like more information about Glassprimer™ glass paint, please check out the rest of our site. If you’d like to purchase Glassprimer™ glass paint, please visit our online store .
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