This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, April 25 2019 1:27 PM UTC +00:00.
Paint is paint. We all know it, we’ve all used it, and we all know what it can do. There's an incredible assortment of paints on the market, too, available in just about every color, shade, and finish you could imagine. Some come in spray cans, others come in small containers, big containers, squeeze tubes, and even markers!
But what if paint wasn’t “just paint”...
Glooped! is a new-age spray paint that, in our opinion, is simply better than anything else. Better coverage, better adhesion, better durability. Really, it’s better at just being paint! Call it Paint 2.0, if you will. Glooped! mixes the best of what makes a paint with some truly amazing engineered plastic polymers. The result? Vibrant and durable finishes that can really take a beating!
Glooped! is launching in 6 total colors and a clear version. Currently we only have the first 3 colors (and the clear) figured out. We need your help to come up with the rest! One of our unidentified colors will be determined by popular vote at the end of our campaign. The remaining two are reserved for some pretty special, high rollin' backers who will effectively sponsor a color of their choosing and be granted naming rights! (see rewards)
Glooped! is so much more than just paint. Its paint that chemically fuses to most surfaces.
Paint that can smooth out the layer lines in 3D printed objects.
Paint that covers better.
Paint that can even be cured in an oven for incredible durability.
Glooped! is paint. But it’s so much more than just normal paint. Our proprietary formulation has been in development for well over a year. Some smart scientists have been working hard to fine tune every aspect of Glooped!
Glooped! uses a high-tech proprietary resin that suspends engineered polymer pigments in a proprietary solvent mixture. When sprayed onto a surface these solvents evaporate in a controlled manner. The resins and polymer pigments in Glooped! undergo a chemical reaction with the air and begin to cross-link. Which is basically a really cool scientific way of saying these polymers have imaginary hands and they like to grab onto one another and won't let go! This cross-linking happens within the coating itself and with substrate material which results in a chemical bond that provides unmatched adhesion properties.
We’re just guessing anyone visiting this campaign has used a can of spray paint before. On the outside, Glooped! is no different than your average can of spray paint. Its what’s on the inside that counts!
Every can of Glooped! has easy-to-read, clear instructions on its use. Seriously, why does literally every can of spray paint ever have some awful, vague instructions thrown in as an afterthought? Not to mention most of the words are so tiny and squished together reading the can is a royal pain!
The caps on Glooped! are easily removed unlike some other unnamed aerosol cans….
Glooped! also features a high quality adjustable aerosolizing nozzle. Now, we won't lie, some of the other guys actually got this one right... But hey, If you had an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite array of tools, eventually one of them is bound to make something useful.
Anyway, the variable flow trigger and adjustable spray the nozzle allows you to precisely control the pattern, direction, and amount of Glooped! being sprayed. Thank you monkeys...
Most paints are produced in large batches with the pigments and additives mixed in just using weighted measures. This can lead to inconsistencies from batch to batch resulting in uneven, unsightly finishes, and poor color consistency from can to can. Glooped! uses advanced color sensing technology to dynamically control the color of each batch. Each can of Glooped! comes with an easy to read batch code with a REAL color sample of the Glooped! contained in that can. Each can also displays a QR code that links to information on the specific batch of Glooped!
Glooped! has been in development for a long time. Over the past year we’ve made some awesome progress and we really can't wait until we can start the process of commercialization of Glooped! thanks to our awesome backers.
As you may have read in our reward descriptions, the shipping for Glooped! is not included in your pledge. This is done for multiple reasons, but the primary one being there are rules and regulations that need to be followed for the proper transportation of Glooped! aerosol cans.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) here in the US operates under a Code of Federal Regulations, chapter 49 (49 CFR). This instructs carriers, (the shipping companies) how to transport items that could be classified as dangerous to humans, equipment, or the environment. Aerosol cans are definitely classified as a dangerous good and we therefore must follow these regulations put in place. Including the shipping fees in your pledge will artificially inflate the amount of money we need to secure to bring Glooped! to life. Additionally, its not fair to you (our backers) to have to pay for a third party service that won't be used for months until Glooped! is finally ready to ship.
By structuring our campaign to not include the shipping fees, we can not only negotiate better rates with the shipping carriers, but we can also reduce the burden or "risk" to our backers in that their money is being properly spent to bring Glooped! to life.
For those who are interested in rough estimations of how much each reward will cost to ship we have made a simple chart below.
Please understand these are ESTIMATIONS and are in no way exact quotes. Your shipping fees will be calculated by your specific pledge and location once Glooped! is ready to ship. Your exact fee may be higher or lower than these estimations.
Additionally, due to the regulations regarding the transportation of aerosols, we can not ship Glooped! to Alaska, Hawaii, or anywhere outside of the US lower 48 states.
Glooped! began as a dream to make 3D printed objects easier to finish. Most of the time, this involves smoothing out layer lines in plastics. A2 Creative, the company behind Glooped!, launched 9 months ago on Kickstarter with a new adhesive for plastics targeted at 3D printing. Ever since, they have been making a name for themselves in the community with their product called 3D Gloop!
Part of that original campaign was to bring to life what was then called Spray Gloop! Basically, it was an aerosolized version of 3D Gloop! allowing users to easily smooth their 3D prints. While 3D Gloop! was an overly successful campaign that delivered on time, the stretch goal to bring Spray Gloop! to market was unfortunately missed… And in the grand scheme of things, it was probably for the best because it allowed us to re-imagine the full potential of our unique product.
As we just mentioned, Glooped! started out as just a way to smooth 3D prints. While that is awesome and we totally believe 3D printing and additive manufacturing is the future of—well, everything—the market is still growing and rapidly changing… Spray Gloop! could have had a meaningful impact in the community but ultimately, it would have been hard to scale, grow, and to produce an aerosol can long-term. So our team of super smart scientists set out to make Glooped! the best it could be by revising our formula and re-engineering the chemistry behind what makes it so special.
That brings us to today! Andrew and Andrew, the founders of A2 creative, have always been in an endless battle to one-up each other. It’s a competitive partnership that has allowed these two multidisciplinary engineers to come up with out-of-the-box, creative solutions to everyday problems. Glooped! is just another one of these awesome creations.
Bringing Glooped! to the public simply isn’t going to be possible without the help of some totally awesome backers willing to pitch in a few bucks to see this awesome paint come to life!
Producing aerosol cans is no easy feat. And that usually means it’s not a cheap one either… Most of us hobbyist and makers out there take for granted the serious technology and infrastructure behind the humble aerosol can. Not to mention all the struggles of developing and commercializing a new product. This means that in order to bring Glooped! to life, we’ve got to reach a pretty high minimum scale to make Glooped! remotely feasible. This is where you all come in to help out!
As we scale Glooped! more colors should quickly become available so if there's a specific color that you would like to see, shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org of what color you just can’t live without. We will do our best to bring it to life!
Unfortunately, Glooped! will only be available to residents within the United States (Lower 48). This is because there are some pretty strict shipping regulations on the transportation of aerosols. For you international folks out there, feel free to pitch in by grabbing a T-Shirt or tossing a few dollars into the hat and we promise that as soon as we can we will bring Glooped! to your country!
Help get Glooped! well beyond our funding goal and unlock some more awesome stretch goals! - Trust us, they are pretty amazing!
Risks and challenges
With any great and ambitious project comes some pretty substantial risks. We at A2 Creative want to be as upfront and transparent as possible with communicating these risks to our potential backers.
First and foremost, one of the largest challenges our team faces is simply raising the money. While this isn’t a traditional risk per se, as Kickstarter only pays out if a project reaches its funding goal, we still want to share that we understand the significance of the funding required to bring Glooped! to life. Money that each and every one of you worked hard to earn. That same money that no one likes to blow on a pipe dream... Can we make our goal? Can we get enough people on board with what we are trying to do to make Glooped! a reality? Time will tell, but we do thank you for your support!
Other risks to Glooped! include sourcing our highly specialized reagents and base chemicals used in the manufacturing of our awesome aerosolized science sauce. Glooped! has never been made on such a large scale before… The manufacturing of Glooped! is complex and tedious, involving many chemicals that are so special they have to be made in a lab designed just for their production. When we depend on others outside of our core team, there’s always a chance for something to go wrong such as missed deadlines, inconsistencies in quality, or even worse, losses due to unforeseen mistakes or events…
Glooped! also has to be manufactured on a large scale in order to make it economical. This means that every time a batch is produced there are significant amounts of resources involved. If our team, partners, or suppliers don’t get everything just right, large quantities of these resources can be wasted. Thankfully, our team of scientists have experience sourcing, mixing, and producing the chemicals needed for Glooped! but there is always a risk something can go wrong regardless of how experienced or prepared our team may be.
Along the lines of large scale manufacturing, this Kickstarter aims to produce roughly 7,000 cans of Glooped! This is no small number and in order to offer a successful delivery, many of the processes that go into producing Glooped! will need to be automated. Our partners have many years of experience in this area, but there are always challenges when doing something new.
Another challenging area along the path to reward delivery is government regulations. Production of aerosol cans isn’t something you can do in your garage. Well maybe, but if you do, there are a ton of rules that have to be followed. Every batch of aerosol cans produced needs to have random samples that undergo destructive testing to ensure the safe transportation and use of the product. This testing is rather involved and ranges from puncture testing, fire and explosion testing, to even simulated transportation testing. These tests are absolutely required by law in order to sell and transport aerosol products. Thankfully our team has gone through some of these procedures already with our previous products, but transitioning to aerosol requires more training for our staff.
Lastly, Glooped! has to be produced somewhere, right? Like many a great start-up, A2 Creative started out of a basement in a tiny 800sqft house built in the 1800’s. Since our launch some 9 months ago, growth has been exponential. Quickly we went from the small basement to taking over the entire house. We’re bursting at the seams and it's finally time to expand! Glooped! has some very specific requirements so not every space will do, but our team is excited at this wonderful opportunity to bring Glooped! to market!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter