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Black 3.0 – The blackest black acrylic paint

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Black 3.0 – The blackest black acrylic paint

@kissgyorgy 1 hour

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This looks like quite confusing to the eye (brain).

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@isoprophlex 1 hour

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These ultrablack paints are all carbon nanotube based, right?

Sounds pretty carcinogenic to me. The website makes it out to be "non toxic" though. I wonder if I'm too paranoid... anyone knows what's the pigment made of, exactly?

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@airstrike 1 hour

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@a9h74j 1 hour

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I understand the purposes, but from another angle:

Bikeshedding has reached a new extreme. We are debating what color of black to use.

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@cbsmith 1 hour

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Black 3.0 has been around for quite a while, the newest thing is Black Mirror: https://www.culturehustleusa.com/collections/black/products/...

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@amifty 3 hours

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Blackest black explains!!!!

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@meetups323 1 hour

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A neat material. I had a decorative mirror that unfortunately shattered, I was able to paint the backing with this and mount the shards atop. Creates a cool contrast, with the mirror reflecting nearly 100% of visible light and the the backing nearly 0%.

I also took some shards of the mirror and coated them with the black, then mounted them throughout the house. It makes it look as if some of my universe's texture shards didn't fully load or the backface culling algorithm is buggy. :)

It an interesting material to look at, the uniformity gives your eye nothing to hold on to, making it hard to focus. I recommend trying it out it for anyone interested, the small bottle is pretty cheap and covers just over a square meter. (I needed a few coats, if you preprocess the surface according to the instructions you'd probably lose less to absorption and get more coverage)

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@dang 51 minutes

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Some past related threads, including about this blackest black and the other blackest blacks:

Guy Creates Darkest Room with the Blackest Black Paint - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25758913 - Jan 2021 (1 comment)

Another Artist Made His Own Superblack–and Now It’s Even Blacker - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25402799 - Dec 2020 (2 comments)

MIT creates blackest black that is darker than Vantablack - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21118636 - Sept 2019 (17 comments)

Black Blacker Than Vantablack - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21093784 - Sept 2019 (94 comments)

New carbon nanotube-metal hierarchical material is 10x darker than Vantablack - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20973667 - Sept 2019 (68 comments)

BMW unveils “blackest black” car sprayed with Vantablack - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20820000 - Aug 2019 (28 comments)

Vantablack, one of the darkest substances known - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19106541 - Feb 2019 (4 comments)

BLACK 3.0 BETA blackest black acrylic paint - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19044406 - Jan 2019 (2 comments)

One Artist Has a Monopoly on the World’s Blackest Black Pigment - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16873089 - April 2018 (1 comment)

The World’s “Blackest Black” Makes Its Debut–On a Building - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16342651 - Feb 2018 (1 comment)

Anish Kapoor is given exclusive rights to Vantablack, the purest black paint - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11209692 - March 2016 (4 comments)

New Super-Black, Light-Absorbing Material Looks Like a Hole in Reality - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8058840 - July 2014 (7 comments)

Scientists have developed a material so dark that it can't be seen - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8030459 - July 2014 (42 comments)

Scientists develop material so dark you can't see it - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8027446 - July 2014 (7 comments)

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@inlikealamb 3 hours

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There's a lot of backstory to this... it's a dig against Vantablack, which Anish Kapoor (famous sculptor) managed to buy exclusive rights for using in art:

https://www.wired.com/story/vantablack-anish-kapoor-stuart-s...

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@dan_pixelflow 3 hours

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There's a Tom Scott video about another one of Stuart's products, and an explanation for the Anish Kapoor message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NzVmtbPOrM

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@tenaciousDaniel 3 hours

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I really want a mechanical keyboard coated with this.

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@Sebastian_09 3 hours

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seems it absorbs a bit less light than vantablack but the comeback at Kapoor is quite fun https://www.dezeen.com/2019/02/05/black-3-0-stuart-semple-an...

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@kingofpandora 1 hour

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> "That," he said, "that... is really bad for the eyes."

> It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it.

> "It's so... black!" said Ford Prefect. "You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!"

> The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

> "Your eyes just slide off it..." said Ford in wonder

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@donio 47 minutes

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A recent kickstarter, no idea how they compare: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/311352786/horizon-black

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@parsecs 1 hour

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I own a bottle of this stuff, and it's not really as amazingly black as it looks on camera. Sure, it's pretty damn black. But it's easy to see the imperfections and stuff up close. There was a video that compared it to black felt, which is pretty similar.

And no, this is not Vantablack. It's just some special acrylic that can hold a lot of black pigment, and a lot of black pigment. Vantablack needs to be "grown" with high temperatures so its usually seen on aluminum foil and such.

Overall, this is pretty cool. I could definitely believe that it's the blackest acrylic paint in the world. However it doesn't create a "black hole" or anything.

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@marcodiego 3 hours

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So dark it makes difficult to note relief. Maybe it is a good choice to paint telescope tubes' interior.

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@runawaybottle 1 hour

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Here is the BMW Vantablack:

https://www.bmwusa.com/concept-vehicles/vantablack-x6.html

I believe it is illegal since no one can see it at night.

Video: https://youtube.com/shorts/17VlV62q5r0?feature=share

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@folago 2 hours

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Fulgin color straight from "the book of the new Sun" saga.

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