Mercedes Benz will start producing a new scratch-resistant clear lacquer at the end of 2003. The new ground breaking lacquer benefits from nanotechnology developments
The new scratch resistant lacquer will be used on Mercedes Benz’s E, S, CL, SL and SLK models starting in Spring 2004, which will be the first production cars in the world to benefit from the technology. It will be used on both metallic and non-metallic paint finishes.
The lacquer contains ceramic nanoparticles which offer a three fold increase in scratch resistance over conventional clear coats. This will help the paintwork retain its gloss for a longer period of time.
Mercedes Benz evaluated the new lacquer both in the laboratory as well as in the field using some 150 test vehicles before committing the technology to production. They also used laboratory car wash tests according to European DIN standards.
The new paint as also subjected to chemical resistance testing and ultraviolet exposure testing. In all cases it performed well and proved its readiness for production.
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