We could have easily filed this under "Too Good to Be True" or "Snake Oil," but it sounds legit, and certainly has our attention. Researchers in The Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed a self-healing vehicle coating, meaning that one day, you may not have to wash your car.

Catarina Esteves of the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at TU/e and her team claims to have invented a solution to the problem of minor scrapes. Apparently the nano-capsule technology features special chemical groups that are able to re-orient themselves in the event that a surface with this compound is scratched.

The potential automotive use for this technology is obvious; it allows for the development of coatings that are not only water-resistant, but scratch resistant. A minor rain shower is all it would take to keep the car clean.

The implementation of this technology is not limited to the automotive world – it can also be employed on contact lenses, smartphone screens, and solar panels.

The benefit it could provide to the aviation industry would be two-fold. A plane employing this coating would not only need less frequent cleaning, but the inability for algae and dirt to build up means that the aircraft would allow for less wind resistance, resoling in more fuel efficient flying.



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      Gurble
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting, I didn't know that washing my car could get rid of scratches. WTF is this author talking about?
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gurble
        I know, really. Its like he's talking about two different things but just mushes it all together. It sounds like the technology will enable paint to heal itself of minor scratches AND make the paint so slippery that nothing sticks to it, and can just basically be hosed off. That's the part that has me excited...not having to wax my car every month.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      A black painted car would no longer be a part time job?! Where do I sign up?!
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        My current car is likely to be the last black car I'll own for a long, long time.
          Agilis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          I am totally with you. Black S5 here and the amount of work I need to do to keep the car clean is rediculous. Every weekend it is washed it is so hard to ignore dirt, dust, bird sh$t, etc.
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        Another good one. Yeah maybe i'll consider buying another black car when this stuff comes to market.
      Carac
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...Dirt, Dust, water, road debris, asphalt, mud, etc. still exist in this future where "you may not have to wash your car", right?
        michigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carac
        And road salt in northern areas... possibly the most evil substance ever invented by man
      GreenN_Gold
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh great, now guys will have to come up with another excuse to get some quiet time in the driveway for an hour.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll stick to my "Adams Polishes" for now... Infinity has a self healing paint and my brothers G37 has halo's all over it. I'll stick to correcting my paint thanks...
        Keldon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        Ever try Griots? Also great stuff.
          4gasem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Keldon
          Yes... I like that Adam (the owner) is HARD core on American sourced products. He's also one hell of a nice guy. A lot of Griots are Chinese or foreign made products. I try to buy American when possible. Check out adamsforums.com for more info... Adams is now the official licensed car care product for Corvette and Camaro. (not that that matters to me)
        WindsWilling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @4gasem
        They make good stuff, but for my clients vehicles and my personal cars, I prefer Wolfgang. Give their 3.0 a chance some time if you haven't. Great stuff.
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...Isn't this old news? I could have sworn I saw something about this on the History channel years ago.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are people hating on this? You spend less time and money buffing and waxing your cars this is awesome!
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      How does autoblog off all places not know that this is nothing new whatsoever, and we know for a fact that it works. No one has been able to make a cost effective coating, that is the only reason it hasn't been commercialized yet.
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        And btw to the author, you seem to be confusing two totally different properties (or just lack the ability to form coherent thoughts into legible sentences). Self-healing is one thing and dirt not adhering is another.
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This "self healing" paint for minor scratches has been around for years. It does not mean you won't have to wash your car when it gets dirty. Besides, washing your car is fun!
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      Hek!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Algae on planes? "Resoling"? Is that even a word? Just... smh
      Lars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stop talking and take my money!
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