London: Scratched cars and scuffed shoes may soon be the things of past, as scientists have developed a "self-healing " plastic coating that smoothes away marks and blemishes within seconds.
What is more, it doesn`t seem to matter how many times an area is damaged as it can be tricked into repairing itself time and time again, researches at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland claimed.
This breakthrough, according to them, would make the "metallo-supramolecular polymer" a boon for motorists who have trouble parking, as well as for women who find their new shoes get scuffed within hours of using, the Daily Mail reported.
Handbags, furniture, windows , wooden floors, punctured tyres and even spectacles could all be made as good as new, sparing customers the time money and frustration involved in fixing cuts, scrapes and scuffs, the researchers said.
Lead researcher Professor Stuart Rowan said: "What we have developed is a new plastic material composed of very small chains that stick together and assemble into much larger chains.”
First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 17:14