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Highly Reflective / High Temperature Paint

A discussion started in 2003 but continuing through 2020


Q. I am looking for a paint that has high reflectivity (like chrome), can operate in temperature environments at about 250 °F, and I can spray for my application. Aluminum colored paints are not reflective enough.

Roger Johnson
Mechanical / Aerospace - Cary, North Carolina

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A. You might try a paint with vacuum metallized aluminum pigment in lieu of a standard aluminum flake. Most industrial paint companies should know what you are asking for when you contact them. The vacuum metallized pigment can provide highly reflective properties when incorporated into the right binder for the application. Good luck.

Michael A. Koons
industrial coatings - Willoughby, Ohio


Q. I am searching for a paint which is highly reflective with reflectivity(0.95-0.99) compatible over a aluminum surface. It is for industrial application.
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- Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Need highly reflective or glow paint to handle 300 °F temp.

January 22, 2020

Q. We have a large fleet of rental equipment and piping that is painted. we want to upgrade the paint to handle 300 °F but also, for safety, be reflective or glow in the dark for safety purposes, since the piping, etc. is laid down in refineries temporarily. Want to avoid trip hazards. Thoughts?

Kevin Roberts
Refined Technologies Inc. - Spring Texas

January 2020

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Retroreflective Tape

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Reflective Glass Beads Trial pack of four sizes & qualities

A. Hi Kevin. For reflectivity you could try retro-reflective tape. Although I don't know it's durability and temperature limit, it would certainly be easy enough to try it.

Alternately you could add glass beads to thick white paint as is done on the white lines of many roads and highways.

Glow-in-the-dark retains that property only for a while after the lights go out, so doesn't sound as promising.


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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

January 22, 2020

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Kevin Roberts [returning]
Refined Technologies Inc. - Spring Texas

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