• Oct 7, 2009
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It's heartbreaking. You buy a high-end luxury automobile, stand back and take in the lustrous paint job. But within a few months, you're already noticing little nicks and scratches, particularly around the door handles where your fingernails routinely collide with the soft paint. Well Lexus, for one, is coming up with a solution.

By adding a new ingredient to the clearcoat that seals in the paint, Lexus' new paint process enhances molecular bonding to create a more elastic, fluid topcoat that can restore its consistency against the harmful effects of, you know... cleaning brushes and fingers. The process is tipped to debut on the flagship LS sedan, but from there will probably find its way across the Lexus range.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is the Ford Taurus actually having an effect on Lexus?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dapye2U7jyA
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        I will give you 100 bucks for every person who buys a FORD Taurus over a LS......lmao




        Dont worry i'll wait.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well done Ford. I like how they don't claim they have some bs gimmicky new "technology" for paint, just higher quality. Then again, compared with Lexus, it's not saying much...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @audi_arena yeah, because Lexus cars are crappily made and are nicknamed Found on Road Dead. Oh wait...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @DKano

        technology is always being improved, adding one ingredient can revolutionize the tech. or it can be totally bogus. If it was a prior, it would be NEW.

        @audi arena

        what's gimmicky? do you know how scratch resistant this new clearcoat is? Might be worse than Ford's high quality paint and infiniti's paint, or might be better.
        Are you psychic? Please teach us old wise one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okay this is good and all but how about coming up with a paint solution that is nearly resistant to rock chips that most cars acquire from consistent highway driving.

      Yeah I know the whole get a bra or a deflector speech..yadda yadda yadda. No Thanks! IMO bras just reduce the attractiveness of a car. Maybe if someone could try working on a rock chip resistant paint then it could be considered a revolutionary invention.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate how when Lexus comes up with something, they make it sound like it is the first of any kind. They did it with the rear view camera (was on the Q45 before it was on any Lexus). Now they are doing it with the self healing paint. The self healing paint was out on the EX-35 as the first ever production version of the paint. Now you can get it on just about all Inifintis as well as the Maxima (I think) the 370z and the GT-R
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dkmontgomery

        You need a nakin for your tears? quit ballin


        @ tanooki

        You can also gert a clear bra which you can even notice is on the car. A lot of Lexus owners I know have them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ dkmontgomery


        Mercedes and BMW were using powdercoat style clearcoats since the very early 2000's for scratch resistant properties on the S Class and 7 Series. MB uses it on just about all of their models. Its not a nano technology based product like the newer stuff (which has been out for several years from different OEMs) but rather a hard as nails product that will just not scratch as easily whereas the newer stuff will scratch, but reflow and heal the affected area.

        No, it wont perform miracles. It will primarily only work on swirl marks. If you rub a tree, youll still see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's spelled "RESISTANT"!!

      Come on, Autoblog!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does that mean I can key up all the Lexuses and not feel guilty about it?? Sign me up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't KITT have something similar? LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Agreed, it's a little behind the curve compared to Infiniti's self-healing paint...
      • 5 Years Ago
      But will it be resistant to swirl marks?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It will primarily work for swirl marks. I work for a paint company and we have had a clearcoat on the market for several years now that works this way. I don't see why its such a big deal. I used it when i had to repair the hood on my moms Mustang just because its black and the swirl marks were a pain in the ass to deal with.

        It works by essentially reflowing when exposed to UV light. Ive tested some of it by wiping a panel pretty rough with a coarse paper towel that left a TON of swirls in the paint. Put the panel outside for a few hours in the sun and the scratches went away. Over time the effect of the healing will diminish, but the clear looks great and its durable.

        I wonder if they buy their product from us. It sounds like the same stuff but on an OEM level.
      • 5 Years Ago
      First, let's clarify. German luxury cars do not chip or flake like buttermilk biscuits, that's only the imports. Lexus should come up with a better paint to combat the EPA(?) who limits the amount of paint per car (or something like that) here in the states. My Mazda does the same, chips if a leave hits it. But my Audi can drive through a hail storm of nails and be none the worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, Lexus has to do something for something. Who cares if they call it "first" of whatever. 4-matic, AWD, Quattro... blah blah. Everyone has their own name for something.

      Like Hyundai now, doesn't matter who was first to party... it matters who parties harder and has more fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes use this since 2004... they call it Nano Lack... welcome in world of yesterday Lexus..

      It was developt by INM in Saarbruecken Germany

      Lexus is world wide number one by taking existing technology and claiming they are the first...

      other example are LED headlamps... dear Lexus the first company using full LED headlamps in a productioncar is Audi in the R8...what Lexus use are only partly LED headlamps not full LED headlamps..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly, Mercedes has already had this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if they could only fix the Orange peel problem
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, so they just came up with this "technology"? Didn't Nissan already have this on some Infiniti vehicles?
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, so which chemical company ACTUALLY came up with formula and methods? I highly doubt an auto company has the chemistry engineering manpower and facilities to accomplish this. Whereas a chemical research company that already produces paint (DuPont, PPG, Dow, BASF and others) already devotes thousands of chemical engineers 24/7 for issues such as this. They bought a license.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. A car company can't be involved in everything. In reality, they are mere assemblers. They buy materials from subcontractors and other suppliers, who have already done the engineering. Tires, certain transmissions, brakes, fuel system components, etc. are some examples that come to mind.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan has something like it but they are very different and devevloped different also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @lan B.

        A lot is done inside. Usually automatic transmissions are done inside for example.

        GM developed Magnaquench magnets before spinning them off. It made a leap in making usable forms of very strong rare earth magnets of the kind used in hybrids and EVs today. In hind sight, they should have bogarted the technology.
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