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New self-cleaning car paint may soon spell oblivion for carwashes

April 26, 2014 7:41pm
Could this be the beginning of the end for car washes?

Japanese automaker Nissan said it has started tests on a new paint technology that can repel everyday dirt.

"Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again," Nissan's Europe unit said in a YouTube video.

A separate report on Mashable said the paint is a special super-hydrophobic substance called Ultra-Ever Dry, "specially engineered to be extremely water- and oil-resistant by UltraTech International."

"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," it quoted Nissan as saying.

The paint is now being tested on the Nissan Note, and has so far "responded well" to normal weather conditions, including sleet, frost, snow and standing water, Mashable said.

But for now, it said Nissan has no plans to offer the paint as a standard feature, and that it may offer it as an aftermarket product. — Joel Locsin/VC, GMA News
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