Spray-on nano-glass, for everything!

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The liquid glass spray produces a water-resistant coating only around 100 nanometers (15-30 molecules) thick. On this  the glass is highly flexible and breathable. The coating is environmentally harmless and non-toxic, and easy to clean using only water or a simple wipe with a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, and resists heat,  and even acids. UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.

Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials of the spray, and found sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. The levels of sterility were higher for the glass-coated surfaces, and the surfaces remained sterile for months.

Other organizations, such as a train company and a hotel chain in the UK, and a hamburger chain in Germany, are also testing liquid glass for a wide range of uses. A year-long trial of the spray in a Lancashire hospital also produced “very promising” results for a range of applications including coatings for equipment, medical implants, catheters, sutures and bandages. The war graves association in the UK is investigating using the spray to treat stone monuments and grave stones, since trials have shown the coating protects against weathering and graffiti. Trials in Turkey are testing the product on monuments such as the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara.

The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on plants and seeds. Trials in vineyards have found spraying vines increases their resistance to fungal diseases, while other tests have shown sprayed seeds germinate and grow faster than untreated seeds, and coated wood is not attacked by termites. Other vineyard applications include coating corks with liquid glass to prevent “corking” and contamination of wine. The spray cannot be seen by the naked eye, which means it could also be used to treat clothing and other materials to make them stain-resistant. McClelland said you can “pour a bottle of wine over an expensive silk shirt and it will come right off”.

In the home, spray-on glass would eliminate the need for scrubbing and make most cleaning products obsolete. Since it is available in both water-based and alcohol-based solutions, it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home, and one spray is said to last a year.

Liquid glass spray is perhaps the most important nanotechnology product to emerge to date. It will be available in DIY stores in Britain soon, with prices starting at around £5 ($8 US). Other outlets, such as many supermarkets, may be unwilling to stock the products because they make enormous profits from cleaning products that need to be replaced regularly, and liquid glass would make virtually all of them obsolete.


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7 responses to “Spray-on nano-glass, for everything!

  1. Renting in OG

    Uh… really? What if you breathe it while you’re spraying it? Is liquid nano glass in your lungs good for you?

    Just when all those asbestos lawsuits are tailing off too….

  2. Priapus

    Folks, this has been around for years…it’s what coats Rangle, Jesse, Geithner, Dodd, Pelosi et al.
    It keeps the stank off them no matter what…trust me, using it is toxic to our health even if seemingly transparent. Hell, you get a free body coat just working at Goldman.

  3. Greenwich Gal

    If it sounds too good to be true – it usually is. Kind of like Olestra – (the fake “fat” invented for potato chips and what not which caused occasional “fecal distress”), New Coke and as of right now, the Toyota Prius.
    I’ll bet that it is found to cause birth defects or something heinous.

  4. '73Refugee

    Sometime in the near future, car dealers will charge new car buyers $500 to spray an $8 can of liquid glass all over a car to protect the finish.

    It’s the new Scotchgard(tm).

  5. Red

    Forget the vineyards — would a spritz of it prevent STD’s?

  6. Lookb4uleap

    Normally inert substances have different (and possibly active/dangerous) properties when they are in nanoscale. Letting these babies loose in our environment could have devastating consequences. (Nanoparticles/”buckyballs” have already been found in the brains of wild fish.) If you think cleaning up PCBs was a problem, consider trying to round up nanoparticles! Inhaling them is not good and they are already concerns about particles in sunscreens and makeup getting through the skin to lodge God-knows-where. (Use nanofree sunscreen like Bullfrog and Baby Bullfrog.) As usual the FDA is lagging and the Brits are leading investigations on safety. Radiation killed Marie Curie, but now we know how to handle it. We didn’t exactly get “better living through chemistry” and we’re working on clean up with that technology. But it all pales against the prospect of Nanopollution and we are all woefully underinformed. I have no doubt that Nanotechnology has some great applications, but we had better temper our enthusiasm for living in a glass coated world. The glass will be in us!