Advanced Paintjob that Changes Colour at the Touch of a Button

Nissan pioneering \'self-healing\' paints
Nissan pioneering 'self-healing' paints

A new era has dawned. Well for paint, anyway. A decision affecting residual car values as much as it does neighbourhood standings is that of car colour. Be it graphite, silver or gray, the choices are endless. But with the introduction of a new technology using 'paramagnetic' paint coating, the choice won't be set in stone the moment the car rolls off the production line. In fact, the concept is to allow owners to change the paintjob whenever they see fit - whether that be in the car park or at the lights.

The technology works by running a current through a special polymer applied to the vehicle before painting. This polymer contains particles of 'paramagnetic' iron oxide. With the application of an electric current, the spacing of the oxide's crystals is adjusted, affecting their level of light reflection and thus our colour perception.

Cars, being rather conductive metal objects, are therefore the perfect medium for such a technology, with the small current maintaining a particular colour. However, with no current, such as when the car is turned off, the paint would return to its default colour of white, making finding the car after a shopping trip a tricky business indeed.

It may sound like science fiction, but first commercial applications of the technology are expected on the market as early as 2010, with Nissan having already developed a 'self-healing' paint. Make sure you check out our recently-introduced and expanding Technology category.

Published Nov 8th, 2007 1:58am By Sam Stockley
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Details-Newcastle-Arts-Centre Details-Newcastle-Arts-Centre
Love it :) i'm in the UK where can i get this done? Thanks
Jun 19th, 2015 2:36pm
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AtharSaeed AtharSaeed
I am hoppy to have a membership of this site
Nov 23rd, 2008 12:42am
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AtharSaeed AtharSaeed
Nov 21st, 2008 8:00pm
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daily996 daily996
Jap car???? but they can make gadet more then anyone else.
Nov 15th, 2007 12:21am
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wblynch wblynch
Imagine pranking the owner. Paint a message in white paint while the car is parked, oh maybe something like, "I'm an Idiot!". With the paint de-energizes the message blends in, undetected. Then when the driver flips the switch, the hidden message is revealed to all the passing cars while the driver has no clue! What fun we could have... (imagination stirs)
Nov 14th, 2007 7:53am
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cruiser cruiser
to me the gtr looks just like any other today car. when the hell is any brand gone come out with something totaly new? something like never seen before something totaly different. the only ones doing this seem to be hot wheels, they do it over and over again time after time. so examples enough I would say. all there is to do for the big car manufacturers is to take one of those small model cars and build it in full size. but no, its like a car still has to fit into that same box again time after time. like self healing paint or color changing paint would make any differance to the dull model of todays car concepts. and if you cant make up your mind in what kind of color you want your car in than how can you make up your mind on the model it self????
Nov 11th, 2007 12:20am
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moyusuf moyusuf
i guess the future is yet to come.
Nov 10th, 2007 3:19am
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i'm with you SONICS, i don't have a definite favorite car, i like them all. and besides this site is to appreciate all cars, not just to tear down the ones you don't like.
Nov 10th, 2007 1:40am
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Sonics Sonics
Who cares about RWD, AWD and FWD cars and who makes them. I mean come on. As long as it makes you happy then who cares. I dont have a faverite car company. I think that there all fantastic.
Nov 10th, 2007 1:20am
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Get_real Get_real
Do you even know something about JP cars?? Don't get me wrong my favorite car is German and I'm probably the biggest freak about it. But Jesus, are you in kindergarten? For the record, there are plenty of RWD JP cars on the JP market. Not saying these are necessary the same type of car as say a Beemer but RWD or not means nothing. On the subject, this paint thing, if it's true, I think it would be really cool. I hope someone brings it out soon.
Nov 9th, 2007 10:45pm
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BlueMagic BlueMagic
the GTR looks like a celica from the front and a cobalt from the back.
Nov 9th, 2007 9:05pm
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Sonics Sonics
The new GTR is ok. I was really hoping it to look like the concept. I mean the back of the car is perfect, make no mistake, but the front of the car hasnt got that look, that sparkle of its predessors. Oh yeh, the paint idea, Nice one, Good idea!
Nov 9th, 2007 8:07pm
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radmeister radmeister
"It may sound like science fiction, but first commercial applications of the technology are expected on the market as early as 2010, with Nissan having already developed a 'self-healing' paint." I don't see anywhere in this article that says nissan invented paramagnetic paint, only says they invented self healing paint. It doesn't state in any way who invented or patented this so y r u arguing european vs. jap?? for all u know it could be from india
Nov 9th, 2007 9:12am
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nissansucks nissansucks
I doubt that nissan is as far with this as they claim. In the article they are making bold claims, but no evidence shown, not even a proper picture or video. If they really were that far, i am sure they would proudly present their work. I do give them credit for this little idea, however they should rather focus on making a decent car to put the paint on.
Nov 9th, 2007 6:46am
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man this i didn't really like the new gtr when it came out, but its starting to grow on me, and it looks killer in red. and as for all you haters, if you don't like the car, why bother reading the article or posting? and i'm with you AZNMAN these narrow minded people can't accept wht THEIR country DID'NT create, c'mon people (marsman,Rolli) lighten up.
Nov 9th, 2007 6:19am
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Rolli Rolli
This is a good example to explain why people like ugly cars. It is all about Public relations and advertisment. For example the Lexus-sales did very increase after "Minority Report", where Tom Cruise drives a futuristic car of the japanese manufacturer (designed by a German). Or Audi sales increased after "I-Robot" and so on... You just should more think about what and why do you like it, otherwise you are just a puppet of big manufacturers or large corporations (or how do you call it?)... And so is this news, an advertisment disguised as a message. I would be happy when you buy german cars, but when you want to see us starving and begging, buy japanese.
Nov 8th, 2007 11:52pm
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Rolli Rolli
lol, just lol to that fanatics here.
Nov 8th, 2007 11:14pm
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jamesmelbaustralia jamesmelbaustralia
Wannabe idiots always barking about RWD as if they power slide through corners all the time.
Nov 8th, 2007 9:52pm
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Marsman Marsman
Japanese cars are basicly commute cars, they don't have rwd when awesome cars like mercedes benz do. So Japanese cars suck ass when german cars kick Ass
Nov 8th, 2007 7:48pm
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PagodaWarrior PagodaWarrior
and RWD has what to do with paramagnetic paint?
Nov 8th, 2007 8:46pm
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srdjansimeunovic srdjansimeunovic
first of all you dont know what the fuck you're on about and second that GT-r gets around the Nurburgring just as fast as an SLR. which costs three times more!!! duh
Nov 9th, 2007 8:42pm
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citrusleonfreak citrusleonfreak
the 350z has rear wheel drive, you drongo!
Jun 21st, 2008 1:38am
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adriannedelcu23 adriannedelcu23
Rolli,get lost. Japanese cars are the best in the world. I live in Europe.
Nov 8th, 2007 7:20pm
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asif asif
i second that AZNMAN
Nov 8th, 2007 6:16pm
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