Electrically charged paint keeps motorcycles aglow

Publish Date: 
Oct 3, 2012

MEDINA, Ohio – Attention, custom motorcycle builders. If you think your projects aren’t turning enough heads already, startup company Darkside Scientific wants to sell you a whole new level of cool.

The company has filed for a patent on its Lumilor light-up paint, which glows when electric current passes through it. Andy Zsinko, Darkside founder and self-described lab rat, recently told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he is in talks with paint companies and several industrial manufacturers about the product.

A skateboard-size swath of light-up paint could cost as much as $400, Zsinko said. One of the phosphorous compounds he uses costs $300 for an 8-ounce jar.

Lumilor is applied in several layers. Lower layers create the electrical field under phosphorous-based materials that glow, then it gets a clear coat. Zsinko said he has to add electrodes to activate the electrical field.

Cleveland CycleWerks, a Cleveland-based parts and production motorcycle manufacturer, is reportedly working with Darkside to make a few bikes with light-up fenders and tanks. Each of the companies will keep one for display, then Darkside will commission five more to sell at $15,000 each ($2,500 of which will get donated to the Wounded Warrior Project), reportedly  to raise money to take the company to the next level.

Posted by Holly Wagner