Please, give me a link on a source that says stealth bombers' trick is their paintjob. If their paintjob was absorb the radar-waves, it only means the bomber is more easily discerned on thermal scans - you know, the easily accessible tech nowadays. If you confused infrared stealth on frigates with infrared stealth on bombers, you did something terribly wrong. But you do know that FRIGATES in our world are ships and not spaceships, right??? I hope you do.
Radar-Cross-Section reduction means the Bomber won't be seen until a certain range from the radar, NOT that it will be invisible from it full way. It's why the Locheed Stealth Fighters have a lot of speed. And again, they are built for being used with intelligence. They won't approach a position like it's a Battlefield game session. Also, the aircraft's shape? Yeah, it only reduces the signature radius on the radar, possibly confusing radar operators thinking it's a bird, you know, it's Stealth, not Magic.
Now, if you confused Aircraft exterior design for the paintjob itself, you are totally, hilariously, wrong. Stealth Pilots wear bulky suits, cause the stealth bombers are built to trap radiation from radars inside them in order to mitigate reflecting it - for a certain length of time, this is not the MAss Effect space-magic universe, heat-sinks eventually melt. And even then, if the ship is scanned by mobile radars - they exist - or UAVs that fly above them (yes they do), the stealth bomber's wooping 50 meters WINGSPAN is not gonna do it any good. It's gonna stand out like a thief dressed in black in a Pink Panther furry convention.
Look i really didn't want to get into a debate i just wanted some source about your info.
But ill bite:
Your original statement: "Not really, the paint job is just a visual detection hinderance...."
The B-2 has two major defenses against radar detection. The first element is the plane's radar-absorbent surface. The radio waves used in radar are electromagnetic energy, just like light waves. In the same way that certain materials absorb light very well (black paint, for example), some materials are particularly good at absorbing radio waves. The B-2's body is mainly composed of composite material -- combinations of various lightweight substances. The composite material used in the B-2 bomber is specifically designed to absorb radio energy with optimum efficiency. Parts of the B-2, such as the leading edge, are also covered in advanced radio-absorbent paint and tape. These materials are very expensive, and the Air Force has to reapply them regularly. After every flight, repair crews have to spend many hours examining the B-2 to make sure it's fit for stealth missions
Radar-absorbent material (RAM), often as paints, are used especially on the edges of metal surfaces. While the material and thickness of RAM coatings can vary, the way they work is the same: absorb radiated energy from a ground or air based radar station into the coating and convert it to heat rather than reflect it back. Current technologies include dielectric composites and metal fibers containing ferrite isotopes. Paint comprises depositing pyramid like colonies on the reflecting superficies with the gaps filled with ferrite-based RAM. The pyramidal structure deflects the incident radar energy in the maze of RAM. A commonly used material is known as "Iron Ball Paint‟. Iron ball paint contains microscopic iron spheres that resonate in tune with incoming radio waves and dissipate the majority of their energy as heat, leaving little to bounce back to detectors. FSS are planar periodic structures that behave like filters to electromagnetic energy. The considered frequency selective surfaces are composed of conducting patch elements pasted on the ferrite layer. FSS are used for filtration and microwave absorption.
Im not sure what your heat sink comment is about, i would assume the amount of heat generated by this approach is not easily detectable as it is probably dissipated into the air. The B-2 is capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet. Air temp at 50k is -70F (http://www.engineeri...here-d_604.html)
Its not the primary source of radar reduction but it is relevant and important enough that they spend a lot of money developing RAM paints and maintaining them on these plans.
As far as this statement: "If the radar beams hit them on the side, they are going to be visible. It's science, not magic after all"
The stealth bomber's peculiar shape deflects radio beams in both ways. The large flat areas on the top and bottom of the plane are just like tilted mirrors. These flat areas will deflect most radio beams away from the station, presuming the station isn't directly beneath the plane.
The plane itself also works like a curved mirror, particularly in the front section. The entire plane has no sharp, angled edges -- every surface is curved in order to deflect radio waves. The curves are designed to bounce almost all radio waves away at an angle.
All in all i just asked for where you got this info cause I was mostly curious about it. Maybe my googling is all wrong just asked for source about where you go your info. Doesn't need to turn into a whole debate, just post some links.