New Camouflage Face Paint Resists Intense Heat
Scientists in the U.S., funded by none other than the U.S. Department of Defense, have created a new camouflage skin paint. The reason its special is the protection it offers. Previously the older paints, being comprised of oil and wax, would melt under intense heat causing serious burns, but this is no longer a problem. By using silicone the paint will not absorb the heat from bomb blasts and explosions, instead it reflects it. The extent of the protection is 600°C for up to 15 seconds. So soldiers in the field wearing this face paint essentially went from potential face melting to face protected and that's something everyone can agree is a good thing. It's also worth noting that all military camouflage paints must contain Deet, an insect repellent, in order to keep soldiers from getting eaten alive by the pesky things. Now did it hit you yet? Deet is extremely flammable, but the scientists once again come to the rescue by mixing it with a water-rich hydrogel substance. So in a nutshell, 600°C heat protection for 15 seconds, bug repellent via hydrogel-based Deet, waterproof, non-irritating and easy to apply. Hopefully this new camouflage paint finds it's way to our soldiers still on active duty in various warzones.
The lead researcher, Robert Lochhead, said the paint could also be used for fire-proof clothes, tents, and even tanks, and the team was working on a colourless version for firefighters.
Posted by | Fri, Aug 24, 2012 - 05:49 PM