Four years of development are set to pay off for Mercedes-Benz with nanotechnology being used to produce a new clear lacquer. The lacquer uses nano-sized ceramic particles to make it more scratch-resistant than conventional paint.
The paint will initially be used on the E, S, CL, SL and SLK-Class model series. The ceramic nanoparticles harden in the paintshop oven to form an extensive cross-linked network. This network provides a three-fold improvement in the scratch resistance of the paintwork and with a 40 % improvement in paint gloss when compared to conventional clear lacquers.
The paint system is suitable for both metallic and non-metallic paints and also meets Mercedes environmental standards.