Lumilor: What is Electroluminescent Paint?

The lighter side of paint

Lumilor is crazy, that’s what it is. Unlike glow-in-the-dark paint, this elecroluminescent paint is actually lit by electricity, just like the mouthful of a name implies.

It was the brainchild of the late Andy Zsinko, an aftermarket painter with over 25 years of experience. Like most brilliant notions, he came up with the concept while sharing a beer or two with friends. He’d just finished a glow-in-the-dark paint job for a buddy but was frustrated by the glow’s short life and the inability to control it.
A year of putting his mind to it later, he had a prototype formula for what would become Lumilor and using a 1976 Kawasaki cop bike as a guinea pig, laid the electrolumiscent paint down. His friends were astounded by the results! Thus, Darkside Scientific, the company behind Lumilor came to be. Here’s the basic explanation of how Lumilor works:

Soon after, he set to work creating a rough version of what would eventually become LumiLor. By June 2010 Andy had a prototype formula which he used on a 1976 Kawasaki Police 1000, painting the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on the rear box of the motorcycle. And that’s basically how Lumilor’s manufacturing company, Darkside Scientific, came to be.
Since then, the company has been busy getting the word out. Painters have created a variety of Lumilor projects, from custom cars and helmets to motorcycle bodywork like the bagger above and this dragon chopper tank:

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