Nissan has started testing a new paint technology that repels dirt, effectively making for a self-cleaning car.

The paint, dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry and described as super-hydrophobic and oleophobic, repels water, oil, mud and other dirt, and has been applied to a Nissan Note for testing.

The technology, created by UltraTech International, works by creating a protective layer of air between the paint and the surrounding environment.

Although Nissan says the paint has performed well during tests including rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water, they also state there are currently no plans to introduce the paint as a factory option.

The company will continue to perform a range of tests over the next few months to assess the paint’s suitably as an aftermarket application.