The hood bird, also known as the Screaming Chicken, is among the most iconic of all Trans Am images. Likewise, so are the pop-art stripes applied to the GTO Judge, and the Argent Grey spokes of the Rally II wheel. But let’s face it, when the sun goes down and dusk turns into blackish night, these integral elements of your prized Pontiac’s personality are lost to the limitations of the human eye.
1 Nearly any Pontiac part can be made to glow at night, yet still appear stock during the
Not any more! Thanks to new advances in phosphorescent technology, nearly any part of your Pontiac can glow in the dark for up to 16 hours.
As a disclaimer, glow-in-the-dark paint is not new. The pigment zinc sulfate was used to make phosphorescent safety devices in the ’30s, but its glow decayed within minutes. The invention of strontium aluminate meant glow-in-the dark products could have ten-fold the glow time and intensity as the earlier method.
Today, Mark Ferraro of Superior Overlay Systems in Spring Hill, Florida, is one of the country’s leading experts in advancing glow-in-the-dark phosphorescent technology. He specializes in developing and applying a highly proprietary version of this technology onto automobiles and motorcycles.
“Glow-in-the-dark powders and paints are commercially available from a myriad of sources, but some of them are put together with hazardous materials that are hard to work with, and others have a lower glow intensity and a shorter life span,” he says.
In contrast, Ferraro’s new GlowMax, which took two years of intense research to formulate -- the exact ingredients are secret -- can be mixed into many different paint mediums such as pearls, candies, bases, and clears, and will remain transparent until total darkness.
“This is revolutionary for automobile customization, and I’m still finding ways to improve it,” he says. “It really turns the most visual aspects of any Pontiac into a show car that doesn’t pack up and go home at sunset.”
Follow along as we take a look at some of the highlights of preparing a Pontiac for GlowMax, applying it on the vehicle, and marveling (that’s an understatement!) at the results.
It really turns the most visual aspects of any Pontiac into a show car that doesn’t pack up and go home at sunset