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Savvy Skins

Researchers pour new functions into coatings

5:10pm, January 29, 2007

Among the innovations highlighted in the Dec. 10, 2006 New York Times magazine's "Year of Ideas" was a coating manufactured by Nissan. Called Scratch Guard Coat, this substitute for clear-coat car finishes—currently available on a sports utility vehicle in Japan—repairs surface scratches. Though deep scratches are beyond the resin coating's capabilities, it fills in slight scuffs in a day to a week.

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