11th December 2018

Self Cleaning Car Paint

Washing a car can be a chore and a costly one at that. In response, earlier in 2014 Nissan in Europe began tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt. The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which repels water and oils, has been applied to the all-new European market Nissan Note to create the world's first self-cleaning car.

Engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe will be testing the self-cleaning Note over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

Nissan is the first carmaker to apply the technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, on automotive bodywork. 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.

So far, the coating, which is being marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc., has responded well to common use cases including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. While there are currently no plans for the technology to be applied to the model as standard, Nissan will continue to consider the coating technology as a future aftermarket option.

Meanwhile, the paint will be available to superyachts within two years and is already in the research and development stage at many paint companies. The coating is anti-corrosive, anti-icing and will prevent marine organism growth and reduce the rag of a yacht through the water resulting in lower fuel consumption.