We’ve seen what Saleen can do to a Tesla Model S’ powertrain. And now we see a paint job worthy of an all-electric trendsetter sedan. Upping the ante on car customization is a new electro-luminescent paint from Darkside Scientific. If the name doesn’t immediately register, the paint concept will leave a lasting impression.
In order to show off their unique “Lumilor” paint, Darkside Scientific applied the technique to a Tesla Model S. The result is a zebra-like, neon-sign effect which is likely to create many passionate love it or hate it opinions. DarksideScientific says the Lumilor paint is applied via a regular paint gun and the only real change is the application of additional electronics on an alternative current. This allows the driver to animate the vehicle’s exterior at night. During the day, the car looks like any other vehicle on the road.
It just isn’t cars like the Tesla Model S that can have this effect added to them. It also works on plastic, vinyl, glass and other materials.
The downside seems to be the paint’s brightness fades with continued use (and how could you not continue to use it). But nobody is sure how long it will take for that luminescence to fade. As for price, Darkside Scientific says on their website, they will work with you to customize your project and they will send you a price. In other words, it looks like it is fairly pricey – if the Tesla Model S didn’t tell you that already.
Ultimately, this is pretty cool concept or a waste of money depending on your view. Like most customizations, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But in the case of the Tesla Model S, we feel its appropriate.