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Nissan self-cleaning paint keeps water and dirt at bay

Why waste a sunny weekend cleaning your car when Nissan has developed a paint that saves you the hassle?

Those who have waxed a car know doing so can help repel water, grease and mud, keeping your car nice and shiny for longer (not to mention better protected against the harsh elements). Trouble is, cleaning a car takes a lot of time and effort. Fortunately Nissan has developed the answer.

Nissan’s innovative paint technology, which is super-hydrophobic and oleophobic, is designed to keep water and oil from settling on the paintwork. The paint wasn applied to a 2014 Nissan Note for testing, creating the world’s first self-cleaning car in the process.

The paint known as ‘Ultra-Ever Dry’ works by creating a protective layer between the paintjob below and the environment around you. Standing water, road spray, mud splashes ─ the clever paint keeps anything and everything from sticking. Exactly how well it works remains to be seen.

Technically Nissan already has a self-cleaning system built into its vehicles, although this is just for the rear-view camera. There are no plans to bring the paint to a production model, but Nissan said it would keep the idea in mind. UltraTech International developed the paint.

“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier,” Nissan Note chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham commented.

“We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application,” she added.

Looks like you’ll have to make do with microfibre cloths, hose and a bucket for a bit longer yet, then. Check out the paint in action below.

Nissan Note Self-Cleaning Prototype video

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