November 29, 2016

During more than 30 years in the industry as a painter and then proprietor of a paint shop we’ve seen a lot of changes in paint products but few of them can match what we’ve been reading about this week.

Currently most customers assessing our Geelong house paint range are tossing up between matte, low-sheen, gloss and satin finishes, oil-based or water-based paints and the amazing array of colours available.

One thing we’re pretty sure they’re not thinking about is whether to choose a house paint that can power their home. Yes, you read that correctly. Paint that provides power!

Although it gets harder and harder to surprise us as time passes, we have to admit to being a little amazed and impressed this week reading about scientists in Asia who have created thermoelectric paint which, believe it or not, has the ability to capture heat from hot surfaces and turn that heat into energy.

That’s right, your hot roof, hot walls, in fact your hot house, could all create power simply from heating the paint.

The idea of photovoltaic paint – that’s paint that supposedly converts sunshine to power – has been around for a few years and relies on sunshine to work. Thermoelectric paint, on the other hand, will be able to take wasted heat and turn it into power. Think of the power potential in the heat radiating from hot homes, hot factory buildings, hot skyscrapers, hot cars, hot… well, hot anything that can be painted.

We don’t for a moment pretend to understand the science behind power from paint but we reckon photovoltaic paint and thermoelectric paint would make an impressive power-producing double. Imagine if there was a way to create paint that turned rain and wind into power as well. The mind boggles.

No doubt the day when house paint for Geelong homes comes in a variety of power-producing options, finishes and colours is some way off, but it might be closer than we imagine. After all, when Geelong Colourworld owner Brian Inglis first started painting 30-odd years ago there was no such thing as personal emails and digital cameras, let alone wi-fi, Facebook, Instagram and tablet computers. The internet was little more than a basic network between the computers of a handful of science whizzes and even the most basic computer was the size of a suitcase.  We’ve certainly come a long way in three decades.

We’ll wait for the first cans of power-producing paint to arrive in store some time in the future but in the meantime we’ll continue providing a wide variety of traditional Geelong house paint options, expert paint advice and maybe, just maybe, a futuristic idea or two!

If you’d like to know more about house paint for Geelong and district homes, please contact Colourworld today.