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.
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.
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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!!
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.
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