Welcome to the future! It's time for spray-on glass!

3 February 2010

Not liquid glass, yesterday

You heard it here first. Possibly. Maybe not. We're soon going to be able to buy liquid glass in a spray-can! For a fiver a pop!

It's SiO2, or liquid glass - and this new wunderproduct is transparent, non-toxic and, according to the PR, can "protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections". Carumba!

In fact, the more you read about the product, the more you'll think it's an elaborate ruse:

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. 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.

One bottle to rule them all? Possibly. How many supermarkets will be happy stocking the product and subsequently losing the huge margins on whole rows of their inventory?

Tests are been carried about by companies across Europe to determine what its uses are and exactly how much money it'll make the patent holders. Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials and reported 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. It's even been tested on headstones in the UK since the glass is resistant to weathering and graffiti. That'll make it perfect for coating toddlers, too.

13 comments

  • Mr. (.
    Spray it on food to stop it going off! Spray it on your pets to stop fleas/distemper/barking Surely there's no end of uses for such a miracle product?
  • DP
    Spray it on someone's face in a pub if you want to glass them?
  • Dj_urban
    WTF It will be the new weapon of choice for the chav's Be hearing reports in the news chavs using it as knuckle dusters What Clown came up with this stupid idea????
  • The B.
    Spray it in your eyes, instant glasses.
  • Tally
    The end of STIs and unwanted pregnancy?
  • dados
    spray it on your arse,saves wiping,saves paper,saves the planet,what a result
  • Jack
    Will it work as a spray on condom? I normally get them with the invisible spray instead.
  • Ben
    Bang, and no more spunky keyboard for a whole year!
  • bob
    sounds a good product! kinda like the wonder product that was asbestos. hopefully it will have the same number of uses asbestos had :)
  • Junkyard
    Sounds perfect for bomb dogs.
  • Paul
    Useful for some applications but if this finds it's way into cleaning of surfaces like the article suggests we'll all be dead by 30 (may be a slight exaggeration there) due to the fact that a little bit of bacteria is actually good for you and keeping your immunity up. If we continue with this trend of kills 99% of bacteria bollocks in the next few generations to come we'll be seriously in danger of being wiped out by something as simple as the common cold as our bodies natural defence is completely useless.
  • Nobby
    Sounds like spray-on varnish.
  • diet s.
    Really Good and well written article ! David. diet software

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