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Nissan tests self-cleaning cars that repel road yuck

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There are probably more car owners, who prefer driving around in a dirty vehicle than having to hightail it to a car wash to mindlessly sit through the rather tedious time-wasting event. And for those "Tidy Tims" however, who just love luxuriating in a clean car, Nissan has developed a paint that actually repels water and oil, translation, the automaker has come up with the world's first self-cleaning car.

The Nissan Technical Centre Europe developed the paint which has hydrophobic and oleo phobic properties, ergo, water and oil repellants. What this development means in the long run is that a vehicle's paint would be able to repel not only road yuck like mud and dirt but also sleet, rain, frost, standing water, all of these weather-related events that have been proven to damage a car's clear coat will reportedly, just slide right off.

Hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings are certainly not a new phenomenon. Any iPhone owner for example, can witness oleophobic properties on their screen which has a coating of it that helps to repel fingerprints. Rust-Oleum, the paints and coatings manufacturer, marketed a superhydrophobic treatment Rust-Oleum NeverWet which made a splash last year. The product is a multi-surface liquid-repelling treatment that repels water, mud, ice and other liquids. It also reportedly guards any surface against the corrosion and wear caused by exposure to moisture.

Still hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings are new with regards to vehicle paints and thus far Nissan states, it will not offer the future wonder product as a standard but as an aftermarket option.

Watch the video and be amazed but does this now mean that car washes will soon be but a mere memory?

--Car Chick®


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