Monday, July 2, 2007

The 2-Minute Car Wash

Autoblog is reporting on GE's newly-developed superhydrophobic coating. This coating could theoretically be applied to cars' exteriors to prevent dirt, etc. from collecting on them and to make washing a matter of spraying the car for a couple of minutes with the hose.

In a video, GE shows that honey rolls right off a glass slide coated with its so-called "lotus leaf" compound, while it just sits on a regular glass slide.

The article's commenters wonder whether this coating will ever make it to market on automobiles, for various reasons ranging from technical difficulties with its application to dealers' desire to preserve their own high-margin "coatings".

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