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Mike Waters' blog: 2 June 2014 - Clean living

Date: 02 June 2014

Mike Waters is senior insight & consultancy manager at Arval, the leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company

The combination of rain showers, roadworks, mud and dust on the roads made it seem impossible to keep the car clean.

This raises the dilemma of should I address the issue head-on and clean the car all the time, or take the view that it's not worth it given that it will be dirty again in a few hours.

As you would expect, my car is a company vehicle which rather forces my hand; I have an obligation to keep it looking good, even during inclement weather.

That's why I took particular interest in the prospect of a new kind of paint which could make car washing a thing of the past.

Nanoplant technology from Nissan effectively stops the car from getting dirty because it repels water and oils. The first car to trial it will be the Nissan Note, and the option will come at a cost of around £450.

When questioning the time, effort and cost involved, it is important to remember that keeping your car clean shouldn't just be a vanity thing.

Of course, if you do drive a company car, you should keep it clean inside and out to protect the image of that business but that's not the only reason.

A vehicle is an expensive asset, and ground in dirt can do damage over time. Bird faeces provide a prime example.

If you don't clean it off fairly quickly, it can permanently stain the paintwork leaving a nasty mark. Clean it straight away and it won't be an issue.

It will be interesting to see how successful this new paint is, the types of dirt that it can fend off and what level of repellence it can deliver.

For example, will it stop those small black tar marks which I often pick up when driving on newly surfaced roads? They are really visible on the paint but take ages to remove.

Any help that the manufacturers can provide will be happily received. If this paint is effective, and does make cleaning the car a redundant task, I for one will be eternally grateful!