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Tech Today: Nissan ‘mini car wash’ tests paint finishes

Tech Today: Nissan ‘mini car wash’ tests paint finishes

It’s the future of technology, and firms are constantly trying to save time and money.

Its worth it right?

But Nissan are taking this at a much smaller level, literally.

The Nissan Technical Center of North America in suburban Detroit is making use of a miniature car wash to test paint samples under consideration for future vehicles.

Yup, the world renowned car maker is using one of those Hot Wheels or Matchbox Car Wash playsets that you probably had when you were a kid.

The car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine spins a 10,000-bristle brush at 180 rpm, while water jets and specially chosen “Arizona test dirt” pound rectangular metal plates that have been slathered in test paint.

These tests are performed not once, but thousands of times to ensure robustness.

The goal is to create automotive paint finishes that stand up to the rigors of modern automated car washes, which are notorious for scratching clearcoat finishes and abrading paint.

The downsized car wash is just one of a myriad of tests that automakers and paint companies use to ensure quality and durability.

Before a new model ever sees a showroom, its paint finish has been subjected to a barrage of torture tests, including salt water, deliberate scratching and much more.

Some automakers even drag their test cars out into the Arizona desert and surround them with mirrors to test paint and fabric fade resistance.




December 13th, 2017

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