Back to the misconceptions. Vantablack is not a pigment. It isn’t a paint. It’s not even a color. The better word for it would be coating. Things become Vantablack-black through a process called chemical vapor deposition that first coats a substrate, then applies heat and pressure for hundreds of hours, forcing carbon to bond into structures called nanotubes. The resulting "forest" of nanotubes traps 99.965 percent of light when the light source is directly perpendicular to it, making the object appear deeply black.