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Posted by GStacy, on 2004-03-15 04:49:10

Conductive paint

Hello. I was wondering if anybody can tell me more about conductive paint. Apparently it's used in electronics somehow, and it can be used to create glowing miniature "lights" without the need for wiring. Does anybody know more about what's involved and what sort of results are possible?

Posted by goriddle, on 2004-03-22 19:07:04

I dunno about paint, but you can do your own copper stamping like you see on a circuit board.If you wanted to wire LEDs or something that way it should work fine. what did you have in mind?

Posted by GStacy, on 2004-03-23 18:47:55

I'm completely hopeless where anything electronic is concerned and I'm hoping I won't have to wire anything. My understanding is that conductive paint can be used somehow to make things light up... that it's like "glow in the dark" paint except it doesn't have to be dark to make things glow. If this is true, my hope is that I can use it to make mini lamps and things like that glow, and I won't need to wire them up.

Posted by Nick H, on 2004-03-23 22:25:04

If it's "conductive", I would expect that means it will conduct electicity, just like copper wires. It wouldn't necessarily glow. If it glows, maybe like a lamp filament or a heating element, I would think you still have to provide electicity to it. (I think that an element, to glow, must be partly conductive, but also have some resistance, but I'm not sure of that.) If it just glows, with no connections, it might be emitting light that it absorbed earlier, like some flouro toys. But I wouldn't expect it to emit a strong enough light from a small area to photograph as a lamp, and it would probably fade over time, which would show in stop motion. Or maybe it reflects UV light or something? But I'm just speculating, I've never heard of it before.

Posted by goriddle, on 2004-03-26 11:09:31

Did you read this in a magazine? I have an issue of starlog with a monster that was painted with 'reflective' chrome paint. They just shined colored lights from all angles and it looked like it was glowing blue. It was actually a cool effect.

Posted by GStacy, on 2004-03-29 04:30:07

I read it in a book I saw at a model train store but didn't buy. It was one brief paragraph in a book that I didn't have any use for otherwise. I like the chrome paint idea, actually. I'll have to look into that!

Posted by goriddle, on 2004-04-01 14:05:38

I will look for that magazine for more info. The movie was by charles band. I can't remember the title though.