Originally Posted by CDAA
Everybody hates a Smart Arse
Good point but. I guess it's a matter of if you're chasing tenth's or not as well. How about matt silver as a compromise hey?..lol
Black is black because it does not reflect light, it absorbs it. Due to the theory of electromagnetic reciprosity (light and infared radiation are electromagnetic radiation) matter emits at an equal rate to absorbsion. This is the same theory upon which radio antenna design is based.
Therefore the shinier something is, the less efficient it is at radiating.
This gets a little more complex as something that is very "shiny" at visible light frequencys may be "matt black" at infared frequencies.
Unfortunately as you cannot see IR you can't tell easily whether the surface compound used is better or worse than bare metal.
I realise this is a bit propeller head but this is how it works.