Not all customizations mean that we have to go above and beyond our regular tubing, geometry and so on. Yet they can still be totally out of this World and memorable. Like this custom glow-in-the-dark Nighthawk Cargo Bike.
Request from the customer
A glow-in-the-dark paint to make the cargo bike stand out during dark winters.
Process of the Custom Glow-in-the-Dark Cargo Bike
For phosphorescent paint, our standard powder coating process cannot be used. The glow-in-the-dark effect is achieved by adding phosphors into the paint. Powdercoating is a process where the paint is is attached to the frame with an electric current in a powder form. This powder is transformed into flowing paint in an oven at roughly 200 degrees centigrade. Phosphorus has a melting point at 44,15 degrees and thus it would just melt into the paint and have its glowing effect. As a result, this means the paint had to be applied in a wet form in a way cars are painted with a paint gun.
Luckily we found a car-painter who was willing to take on the job.
The result was a real looker. As it is hard to get the full effect with photos, but when you see one during the dark hours of winter, riding through Copenhagen, then you know it’s a Nighthawk!
“The glowhawk is as bright as smooth. Don’t know who likes this bike more, my son or I.”
Until next builds!