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New paint looks to shine light on motorcycle safety

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(July 6, 2016/Fox Carolina) (July 6, 2016/Fox Carolina)

There's a new kind of paint on the market, and it's helping to raise awareness about motorcycles on the road by making the bikes more visible.

It's called Lumilor paint, and there are only four shops in the country that can apply the special paint. One is in our area.

TD Customs is owned by Tim and Tara Donaghue. Tim received special training last fall to apply the paint, and now does it out of his shop in Mills River.

"It's not actually a light, there are no bulbs, no fixtures, no LEDs or anything like that. It's actually a layered paint system; strategically placed layers of conductors and insulators and one of those layers sandwiched in is a phosphor layer, and when you run current to phosphor it lights up and creates its own light." 

Donaghue said the new paint is also about an added safety feature. He and his wife like to ride their motorcycle, and know how dangerous it can be on the roads.  

"It's mainly a safety feature. If you're willing to spend the money, it could be worth it in the long run to be more visible on the road at night."

We reached out to the North Carolina and South Carolina State Highway Patrol to see if this paint is legal. While both agencies had not heard of Lumilor paint, North Carolina State Highway Patrol said that in the state, it is illegal to display a blue or red light on a vehicle other than an emergency or law enforcement vehicle, and you risk getting pulled over if you have those colors on your vehicle. The law cited is NC 20-130.1  

In South Carolina, the State Highway Patrol said that since the paint is so new, they had to research if any of the current laws on the books would apply to this special paint. 

Donaghue said there haven't been any issues with his bike, which is painted blue, and local police officers he spoke with didn't see a problem with it as long as the lights weren't flashing.

Donaghue said it costs $4.50 a square inch to apply the paint, and takes just a few days for the job to be done. He said the Lumilor paint is also available in green, white, aqua and orange, and can be applied to other surfaces besides vehicles and motorcycles.

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