Innovation Elsewhere: Car Paint That Cleans Itself

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Through a very creative use of nanotechnology, engineers at Nissan have created a paint that itself creates a thin air shield above the surface of the car that makes rain, road spray, frost, sleet and standing water roll off the car without touching the paint surface at all – kind of like a force field.

The ‘super-hydrophobic’ and ‘oleophobic’ paint finish called is called, quite pragmatically, “Ultra-Ever Dry.” Nissan says it gets some of its ideas for paint from bird dropppings.

According to the engineers, ‘by creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car’s surface.’

Nissan says it has no plans of making the special paint job a standard on factory models but it will consider offering the self-cleaning paint as an aftermarket option.

Nissan is now attempting to determine if the material is durable for long-term use on vehicles – and if it will hold up in different weather conditions around the world.

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