Top 4 Coolest Automotive Paint Innovations and Technology 2022

November 8, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You might think that paint is just paint, but quite a bit of technology goes into the planning and development of paint products. This quick guide will give you a look at some of the innovative new paint technologies available today to enhance your next paint job.

Smart Paint

Yes, you read that correctly. We are surrounded by smart technology so, it shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that there is now smart paint. With the use of conductive paint, even a wall can be turned into a smart device. Through new conductive technology, walls or any flat surface can be coated to create an instant touchscreen.

The paint contains a conductive nickel grid that will create electrodes on the surface. Once coated, the surface can act as a touchscreen and electromagnetic sensor. It can track your position, detect objects, and respond to movement commands. Smart paint is not commercially available just yet, but the innovators behind this product say that once it is ready, you can control all of your smart devices from your wall.

Self Cleaning Paint

We all want to cut a few things off of our chore list. Well, self-cleaning paint may help us do just that, but is self cleaning paint a thing? Yes, it is. This type of paint uses nanotechnology. This technology works with material that is smaller than 100 nanometers. When nano-scaled titanium dioxide is added to paint, the end product is a coating that rarely needs to be cleaned. Dirt and debris literally will not adhere to the finish. This type of coating could revolutionize the vehicle industry, although it might not be so great for the car wash industry.

Self-Healing Wraps

When we talk about coating technology, we are not just talking about paint. Wraps are also enjoying some tech boosts nowadays. Many car owners are not choosing vinyl wraps instead of paint. Wraps are often easier to repair, and today self-healing wraps make it, so repairs are almost obsolete.

A self-healing wrap is designed using material that immediately becomes malleable when heat is introduced. This means that a scratch doesn’t stay a scratch for long. As soon as the car heats up, the coating will meld back together.

Antimicrobial Coatings

Good news for germaphobes. Using nanoparticles can help create surface coatings resistant to microbes and germs. This means that the surface of the coated area is so slick that microbes and germs cannot attach themselves. They slide right off, leaving the surface clean and disease free. This type of technology is especially important in medical facilities and could eventually be used large scale in homes, schools, and businesses.  

Color Changing Paint 

BMW recently released the first car to feature color-changing paint. The vehicle is coated in a paint substance that is both negatively charged white pigments and positively charged black pigments. With a touch of a button, an electric field can be released over the body of the car to activate one color or the other. 


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