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Old 15-12-2017, 08:48 AM   #1
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Industry News - Nissan use a Mini Car Wash to test paint !

Automakers do an insane amount of testing behind the scenes, literally everything from seat fabrics to quality exterior paint. For the latter, the key word is ‘quality.’ Bad paint can lead to all sorts of problems, mainly rust, and that’s never a good thing. For Nissan, testing paint samples is a regular occurrence, and its team of engineers have come up with an interesting, yet effective, way of going about this.

They use a scaled-down car wash, about the size of a popcorn machine, to ensure exterior paints holds up to not only day-to-day wear and tear, but also actual car washes. Modern car washes can actually scratch clearcoats and abrade paint, so Nissan equipped its mini car wash with a spinning brush with blue bristles that supposedly replicates the real thing.

Before any new Nissan model arrives in dealerships, engineers test every shade of exterior paint made available in its mini car wash. In order to properly mimic an automatic wash cycle, its brushes spin at around 180 rpm which causes the bristles to harshly slap the paint as water jets spray what’s called “Arizona test dirt,” supposedly a special dirt. Owners will probably know for sure whether this method and testing technique is as bullet proof as Nissan makes it out to be in the years to come. But, at the very least, it’s fun to watch the mini car wash testing in the video above.

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Thanks for that post.

I find it a quite interesting idea, saves money, space, resources (water/electricity) and is easy to replicate.

Although, the first thing that came to my mind were the words of the Zoolander: What is this, a car wash for ants?
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Weren't Nissan leading the development of dirt repellent paint too?

I wonder if all manufacturers do these kinds of tests on their paint?
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I think they were developing self healing paint.
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I think they were developing self healing paint.
I think they did a few years ago. Get a scuff/scratch and pour Boiling/hot water on it and it sorts itself.I Think they only produced 500 with the paint.Came across a Navara with the special paint about three years ago.
I would have scratched it,but the kettle was broke....

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at work we carry out accelerated weathering of paint, carpet and leather for many of the car manufacturers.

Having money is no guarantee of taste, judging from some of the leathers we have done for some of the higher end manufacturers
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