Posted May 24th 2012 4:29PM
Matte. Mirrored chrome. Gold-plated. Fit for peasants. Diamonds though? That'll show them who's rich.
Yes, you can now add the precious gems to the growing list of ostentatious and extravagant finishes being applied to cars these days. Longtime Porsche tuner Gemballa has announced a new automotive finish that literally uses diamonds to create its million-dollar sparkle.
The German-based company claims its new diamond finish is the first of its kind to ever use the actual gem rather than other reflective ingredients like metal pigments, glass fragments or crystals. The trick was grinding the diamonds down to a size small enough that they could be applied like paint, which Gemballa says also helps increase the refractive qualities of its shine.
There's no mention of price or other specifics like how many precious stones are sacrificed per gallon of twinkle juice, but you can imagine as well as we can what kind of premium it will command. With any luck, Justin Bieber can't afford it.
Hit the jump to read the company's official statement.
GEMBALLA's Ultimate Automotive Finish is a Genuine Diamond Coating
Diamonds may be considered "a girl's best friend", but now premier automotive tuner, GEMBALLA, has created a very special "gem" that should be equally attractive to both ladies and gentlemen of sophistication. This is the world's first diamond coating for the interior and exterior finish of vehicles. More than just a special paint, this technically elaborate and exacting diamond finish is hard to beat in terms of exclusivity.
"When GEMBALLA speaks of diamonds, we really mean it", explains CEO Andreas Schwarz. "Our complex process uses genuine diamonds as its key ingredient - not metal pigments, glass fragments, or crystals."
Apart from having the strongest light refraction properties of all the precious stones, which explains their seductive twinkle, diamonds are one of the hardest naturally occurring substances known to man. The word 'diamond' means 'invincable' and speaks volumes by itself.
The requirement that the coating had to be applied like paint defined the dimensional limit of each individual gemstone. The challenge for GEMBALLA was to grind the diamonds into a size small enough for their intended purpose, without losing their brilliance. Since a diamond reflects light according to the number of facets showing, this actually turned out to be an advantage. The greater the number of stones present in a given area, the greater the refractive surface, so the thousands of facets reflecting the light through the innovative GEMBALLA process creates an incomparable shine.
With a company philosophy that has always been focused on the ultimate and the best, this new diamond finish fits the GEMBALLA portfolio perfectly. And as diamonds are a form of carbon formed under extreme heat and pressure, they are the perfect finishing touch for the carbon-fibre bodywork of GEMBALLA's ultra-exclusive cars.
News Source: Gemballa