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Nissan Has a Mini Car Wash They Use to Test Paint

Here’s something you probably never knew went on behind the scenes at an automaker: Nissan has a tiny, little car wash they use to test vehicle paint durability for when it goes into a car wash. This is the kind of thing that’s too bizarre to make up, and indeed it’s true: In order to test how its paint will respond to car wash bristles, Nissan sends paint samples through a car wash with bristles — except the paint samples are about the size of a laptop. See the Nissan models for sale near you

You can see exactly what I’m talking about in the images above, where a red-painted scale-model Nissan 370Z is going through a simulated car wash with very real bristles — and the bristles hit the paint just as they would in a normal car wash, testing what they’d do to the paint in an actual 370Z. Nissan even sticks dirt samples on the paint, then smashes it with bristles, testing how the bristles will affect the paint if there’s dirt or grime on the car when it’s put through a car wash.

Unfortunately for the children inside all of us, Nissan doesn’t use model cars to do this testing, like the image above shows; instead, they use rectangular paint samples in order to maximize the contact of the bristles on the paint. But the images make for a nice little idea of what could happen if Nissan decided to scale down its vehicles in order to market them to chipmunks.

According to a press release Nissan put out about this ridiculousness, its miniature car-wash brush has 10,000 bristles and spins at 180 revolutions per minute, "harshly beating the paint sample as water jets spray and Arizona dirt replicates the harsh and abrasive real world." Presumably, if a paint color passes the car-wash test, it’s ready — or at least one step closer — to getting on a vehicle in the real world. Find a Nissan for sale

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