> Münster /Sindelfingen, Germany - BASF Coatings and DaimlerChrysler, the manufacturer of Mercedes cars and trucks, have developed a water-borne polyurethane-based coating system which they say gives automotive surfaces an appearance like "liquid metal." > The coating system, which trades under the name 'Liquid Metal', "stretches around parts like a metallic skin, emphasising the design lines and vehicle contours more strongly than any other finish, and making them even livelier through targeted light reflection," BASF explained in its 29 May press release.>> BASF and the car maker started work on the system in 2004 and have had to do a great deal of research and testing before it could be launched, BASF added.>> The successful integration of a special-effect pigment into a waterborne paint system is behind the extreme metallic look, the press notice continued. The use of a waterborne system is less damaging to the environment, claims BASF, adding that the new system complies with all environmental legislation.>> The new paint is offered by Mercedes as part of its designo programme. "With designo it takes just a few carefully chosen ingredients to turn your Mercedes-Benz into an individual work of art. The combination of our extensive range, your personal tastes and the naturally varying appearance of our materials makes every designo creation a true one-off." states the Mercedes website.>> BASF Coatings, the coatings division of the BASF Group, develops, produces and markets a range of automotive OEM coatings, automotive refinishes and industrial coatings as well as decorative paints.>> DaimlerChrysler, which was created in November 1998 through the merging of Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corporation, manufactures commercial vehicles and is a supplier of passenger cars, SUVs, sports tourers, mini-vans and pickups. ss"