Just How Reflective Is A Bottle Of Liquid Mirror Paint?

Just How Reflective Is A Bottle Of Liquid Mirror Paint?
Testing mirror paint [Source: SolidSmack]

We all know about naturally reflective surfaces, but who knew you could apply the same effect with a bottle of paint?

Dan Rodo of TheDanocracy recently tested out a bottle of Culture Hustle’s MIRROR, a solvent-based paint that turns any surface into an insanely chrome-like and reflective surface. For £29.99 (a little more than 40 USD), you get a teeny tiny 15 ml bottle of this magic liquid which covers a whopping 8 ft. square area on all sides.

But does it live up to Dan’s expectations?

To properly test the MIRROR paint, Dan applies it to three very different objects: a 3D printed prop gun, a life-size Oscar Award 3D print replica, and half of a round resin sphere. He applies a different number of coats to see if it would affect the overall reflectiveness of the paint, and what he found may astonish you.

Chroming Up The Prop Gun

Testing mirror paint [Source: SolidSmack]

First up: the 3D prop gun.

While the chrome paint doesn’t make this gun look any more real than its original green color, painting this first object gives Dan a good idea of the MIRROR paint’s capabilities.

Minus the absolutely toxic smell, this bad boy works like a charm. While the initial small volume threw him off, the coverage of the paint blew his mind. With a single dip, Dan was able to paint nearly one half of a single side of the prop gun.

Testing mirror paint [Source: SolidSmack]

A single coat of paint doesn’t quite make the gun as reflective as you would expect it to be, so Dan adds a second layer and immediately gets results. It turns out the layers of paint you apply do matter, as the surface of the gun becomes more reflective as he keeps on adding the second layer.

A Chrome Oscar? No Way

Testing mirror paint [Source: SolidSmack]

Oscar Awards are supposed to look gold in nature, but Dan throws authenticity out the window by adding the MIRROR paint to the mix.

Once again, he is impressed by the sheer coverage the paint has. A single drip of paint allows him to cover nearly the whole body of the Oscar and make the entire thing look shiny and reflective. Of course, he paints the rest of the 3D replica for uniformity’s sake before testing his multiple coat theory even further.

Read the rest at SolidSmack

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