Claim: Video clip shows a car with color-changing "paramagnetic paint."
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2014]
Origins: The video displayed above doesn't feature a car harboring some special property that seemingly allows it to magically change color, cycling through red, purple, blue, green, yellow and brown exteriors in a matter of seconds. It's a creation of digital manipulation, the tail end of a tutorial showing how to use Adobe's After Affects video editing software:
Likewise, a similar video posted in September 2014 that seemingly shows passers-by reacting in amazement to a color-changing automobile was nothing more than a staged
The following short demo shows how simple it is to digitially alter the hue characteristics of anything in the frame of a video that displays a unique color:
However, although these particular "color-changing car" videos may not be real, the phenomenon they display may be a somewhat plausible one.
Back in 2007, motoring publications reported that Nissan had developed a process for applying a polymer coating (referred to as 'paramagnetic' paint) to automobile exteriors that could instantly change the perceived color of the car to any desired hue through the application of electrical current:
Before the vehicle is painted,
The process is perfect for metal objects like cars because a continuous small current is needed to maintain the desired color. When the vehicle is switched off, the car returns to a default color of white.
The coating has the ability to reproduce any color visible to the human eye and it takes less than a second to change the entire car. The first commercial applications could be on the market as early as 2010.
Sightings: Some viewers have been fooled by a video of a major automobile manufacturer's seemingly demonstrating a ready-to-go version of a "mood paint" concept, but that video was just a 2012 April Fool's Day prank from
Last updated: 13 January 2015