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Will 'self-cleaning' paint eliminate car washing?

A spray coating that repels most water- and oil-based liquids could be the lazy car-owner's best friend.

By Clifford Atiyeh Apr 24, 2014 9:09AM
There's plenty of aftermarket sprays that claim to bead water from windshields, upholstery, wood trim and other car surfaces. Waxes do the same for paint. But what about a treatment that can repel dirt, oil and grime?

Nissan claims to have invented the "world's first self-cleaning car" with a new nanopaint spray coating that puts a thin layer of air above the clearcoat and can repel most water and oil-based liquids. The automaker has been using the coating, developed by UltraTech International, a Florida-based company that specializes in oil spill containment, on a Versa Note hatchback.

UltraTech says its Ever Dry product (for now, only available to industrial buyers) creates a "surface chemistry and texture with patterns of geometric shapes that have 'peaks' or 'high points'" that can repel even wet concrete. A demo video shows the coating applied to other surfaces like paper and even clothing — wherein two men in business dress are doused with a black liquid and one remains remarkably dry. The coating can't be used on windshields or any glass since it forms an opaque barrier.
Nissan says that while it wouldn't offer an oil-proof paint option as standard equipment, it is thinking about selling it through dealers as a factory accessory. We'd love to see it in action —  and to not worry about muddy water, slush and other nasty grime hitting our sparkling paint. We're not sure if it can repel bird droppings, which are acidic and can eat away at a paint's clearcoat (or if it's a matte finish, can promptly discolor the surface). But if this technology means less washing, we'll take it.


[Source: Nissan]
63Comments
Apr 25, 2014 10:49AM
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Can I spray that on my kids? The little dirty bastards are always muddy.
Apr 25, 2014 10:54AM
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This is fantastic! If this gets into full production, think of the environmental impact. Millions of gallons of water saved from people having to wash their cars. As long as the paint itself can be proven to limit its own impact the environment, this is a cool idea.
Apr 25, 2014 10:49AM
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Why is everyone so negative all the time.  This is a really cool product that actually can save people time and money.  I think it's Awesome!!  You morons that have nothing better to do than find the negative in everything need to get a F***ing hobby!!

Apr 24, 2014 12:39PM
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What about Magnesium Chloride, which is what is used on some winter roads to keep ice from forming?? It has proven to be very corrosive, and harmful to many car parts as well. Or what about salt?? Keeping your car clean is wonderful but what we REALLY need is a coating to repel the harmful products put on our winter roads.
Apr 25, 2014 11:08AM
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I think this is great, too.  Even if you could cut your carwashes down to a few a year instead of weekly or even monthly would be great for saving natural resources, time and money. 

 

I wonder if this technology would work with regular paint, and if it would repel graffiti.  Even if it cost twice as much, the ability to paint once and not have to continually paint over the idiots who feel that they just have to tag everything in site would be great. 

Apr 25, 2014 10:34AM
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Guess the car wash lobbyist  will be all over this!!!!
Apr 25, 2014 11:15AM
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I want it !!!

I hope it's available as an aftermarket item.


Apr 25, 2014 11:01AM
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This sounds like a great idea if it really works.  I do have to wonder about the expense and difficulty of body repairs and repaints, plus you would put a lot of car washes out of business, but still, very interesting concept to someone like me who likes a clean car and lives where the weather and bad water make that very difficult.
Apr 25, 2014 11:35AM
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fantastic. but i need a coating that repels car payments.
Apr 25, 2014 11:10AM
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How about something to clean dust and pets hair and spills on the car's interior, etc. so I don't have to do it???
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