Just like any other things, paints have a lot of stories and fun facts about them. Knowing trivial facts about paints such as its history, chemical composition, origin, inventors and usage will make you knowledgeable and more aware of what is all about that fancy shimmering liquid that can turn any dull looking surface into shiny one. Read on about the fun facts about paints:
Black is always associated with death, darkness and anything about sinister but not for the Native American ethnic groups in the United States that considers black as symbol of life while associating yellow with death.
Paints have been existence since long time ago when people are cave dwellers – around 2000 B.C. Painters used earth, clay, animal fat, charcoal, iron oxide. soil pigments as their paint base. They mixed either or these ingredients to create that binding pigment as their paint. For brushes, they used feather and twigs to produce that paint streak and coat that emerged as animal drawings that we knew today in archeological excavation sites in Altamira, Spain and Lascaux, France.
Titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white powder used as white paint pigment is also used as food additive for donuts, candies and milk because of its white pigmenting capability. Titanium dioxide is also used as white pigment in cosmetics such lotion and cream. In paints, TiO2 helps in making white paint more opaque and white.
Gold paints are made up of gold leaf and metallic shiny base paint. These two are mixed to produce that golden paint. Gold paints are used to add a luxury or shiny effect on plastic and metallic surfaces.
Scientists from the University of California invented a paint that changes color when pressure is applied. They combined gold nano particles with polymer film to produce that pressure sensitive paint. The inventors applied for the paint patent and they expect its applications in baseball grip tracking and color changing T-shirts.