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Watch the incredible self-cleaning car

Nissan body

Guess which half of this car is coated in nano-paint

Owners of successful car wash businesses look away… Now. Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has developed the self-cleaning car, meaning one of the most tiresome and costly chores of the past century will soon be washed down the sinkhole.

How is this possible?

Developed by engineers at the Nissan Technical Center in the UK, the nano-paint technology repels dirt before it gets a chance to cling on. The paint is both hydrophobic and oleophobic, meaning rain, mud, frost and oil slides right off, as the video footage would suggest.

Oleophobic coating can be found on the iPhone to reduce fingerprints on the screen, but this is the first time it’s been applied to cars. It’s not the easiest technology to explain, so we’ll leave you to look at this TED talk and demonstration. 

Where can I get this magical paint?

The paint – based on technology patented by American company Ultra-Ever Dry – is currently in the testing phase, having been applied to the Nissan Note, and is rumoured to cost around $750 for an application, if Nissan are satisfied with its on-going tests.

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I think you missed a spot…

It’s not the first time Nissan has used ‘self-cleaning’ tech on its vehicles, with the Note already featuring a ‘wash and blow dry’ function on its rear view camera, which uses water and compressed air to keep the lens clear.

Chief marketing manager Geraldine Ingham said, “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”

Photos: Nissan
  • Thomas Crashevsky

    Wow, I see this new technology can replace antifouling paints on the boats and top coating as well. When such paints will become available for sale?

    • Rob Temple

      Hi Thomas, Nissan is still in its paint testing phases for use on its cars, but you can purchase quarts of Ultra-Ever Dry paint here:

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