1 x ELECTRIC PAINT® Tube
Made in the UK
Height = 16.5cm / 6.5in
Width = 9.5cm / 3.7in
Depth = 1.5cm / 0.6in
Weight = 0.028kgs / 1.0oz
ELECTRIC PAINT® is a nontoxic, water based, water soluble, electrically conductive paint. It can be used in circuits as a painted resistor element, a capacitive electrode or can function as a conductor in designs that can tolerate high resistivity.
It is intended for applications with circuits using low DC voltages at low currents. ELECTRIC PAINT® adheres to a wide variety of substrates and can be applied using screen printing equipment.
Its major benefits include low cost, solubility in water and good screen life. It is black in colour and can be over-painted with any material compatible with a water-based paint.
Bare Conductive’s ELECTRIC PAINT® is just like any other water-based paint, except that it conducts electricity! This means that you can paint wires or sensors directly onto almost any material around you, including paper, wood, plastic and glass.
The ELECTRIC PAINT® is perfect for small scale projects where detail is important, or for painting, soldering or repairing small breaks. You will find it in some of our kits where creating a nice small circuit is necessary.
Nontoxic, solvent free and water soluble, ELECTRIC PAINT® are great for prototyping, and safe for makers of all ages. Once applied the paint dries quickly at room temperature, and can be removed with soap and water.
Want to make it more intelligent? Try ELECTRIC PAINT® alongside microcontrollers like the Touch Board, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, MaKey MaKey, or LilyPad.
Put this flexible, revolutionary little tube in your toolbox today.
LEVEL: Super Beginner to Expert Engineer
- High sheet resistance
- Can be used to create capacitive touch and proximity sensors
- Can be used as a potentiometer or resistive circuit element
- Compatible with many standard printing processes
- Low cost
Colour - Black
Viscosity - Highly viscous and shear sensitive (thixotropic)
Density - 1.16 g/ml
Sheet Resistance - 55microns/sq at 50 micron film thickness
Vehicle - Water-based Drying Temperature: ELECTRIC PAINT® should be allowed to dry at room temperature for 5 to 15 minutes. Drying time can be reduced by placing Electric Paint under a warm lamp or other low intensity heat source.
Screen Printing Equipment: Manual
Screen Types: Polyester, stainless steel (43T - 90T gauge mesh)
Typical Cure Conditions: Room temperature (24degC) for 15 minutes
Typical Circuit Line Width: 0.5 - 10mm (43T-mesh stainless steel screen)
Clean-up Solvent: Warm water and soap
Sheet Resistance: Approximately 32ohms/sq when using a brush or manual screen printing
Shelf Life: 6 months after opening
Storage: ELECTRIC PAINT® should be stored, tightly sealed in a clean, stable environment at room temperature. Composition should be thoroughly mixed prior to use.
Extensive project examples and resources at: www.bareconductive.com/make
- Dries at room temperature in 10-15 minutes
- Must be fully dry to work
- Easily removable with soap and water
- Seal with acrylic paint or spray varnish
- Can last years if treated properly and kept dry
- Works on: paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, glass, plaster, some rubbers, textiles, etc…
- Connect batteries, LEDs and other components
- Great for attaching components and for PCB repair
- Can be used as a cold solder and wire paint
- Can be used with conductive thread and e-textiles
- Can be painted or sprayed over for protection or multi-layered circuitry
- Surface resistivity approx 55 ohms/square at 50 microns layer thickness
ELECTRIC PAINT® is available in 10ml pens and 50ml jars. It is a nontoxic, water based, water soluble, electrically conductive paint, intended for applications with circuits using low DC voltages at low currents. ELECTRIC PAINT® adheres to a wide variety of substrates and is easily removed with water. It is black in color and can be painted over with any material compatible with a water-based paint. Please see the ELECTRIC PAINT® MSDS for precautionary information.
- Electrically conductive
- Works with low voltage DC power sources at low currents (see “Power Sources” p.2) Powers small devices
- Can be used as a potentiometer
- Compatible with many standard printing processes
ELECTRIC PAINT® is a unique material that can be applied in many different ways, from a paintbrush to common printing processes like screen-printing. To achieve consistent electrical performance it is best to apply ELECTRIC PAINT® in an even layer. If you’re interested in screen printing ELECTRIC PAINT®, it is best to use a textile-type screen in order to achieve a generous layer thickness. We tend to use a 43T screen. ELECTRIC PAINT® is not inkjet printer compatible. For more application tips visit www.bareconductive.com/tutorials
ELECTRIC PAINT® is intended for use with low voltage DC power sources at low currents and has not been tested with sources exceeding 12VDC. Higher voltages are not recommended.
ELECTRIC PAINT® is a water-based paint and acts much like other poster paints. ELECTRIC PAINT® adheres well to wood, paper products, some plastics, corks, textiles and metal. Hydrophobic materials such as some glass and plastics will exhibit poor adhesion, though this can be improved by roughing the surface with sandpaper or similar.
ELECTRIC PAINT® is fast drying at room temperature. This material dries rather than cures and gives off no fumes during the drying process. Drying time can be moderately reduced by placing the material near a low intensity heat source such as an incandescent lamp. Subjecting ELECTRIC PAINT® to a high temperature environment will negatively affect both physical and electrical performance.
ELECTRIC PAINT® is somewhat flexible, but this flexibility depends on two factors, the layer thickness and choice of substrate. Regardless of substrate, a consistently thin layer of paint creates the most flexible circuitry. Areas of paint with wide variation in thickness tend to produce fracturing. Substrates which are flexible, but not stretchy (such as paper) work better than materials like Lycra which stretch in multiple dimensions.
ELECTRIC PAINT® works well as a cold solder joint. Whether used to solder a surface mount or through-hole component onto a circuit board, or to adhere a component to a piece of paper, this material is non-permanent and almost infinitely repairable.These unique properties mean that components can be harvested from projects, cleaned and reused.
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