Audi has developed a new technique that allows owners to have matte, tattoo-like images etched onto their cars. While initially available on the Audi R8 and R8 Spyder, the technique can be applied to any model, and it goes on after the component has been painted.
In fact, the process is relatively simple. Audi places a template on the car with the desired design and then uses a special powder to basically sandblast the paint, roughening the surface of the clear coat. The result is a matt area with a depth of just a few thousandths of a millimeter, less than the width of a human hair, that’s basically a permanent decal. Audi can currently handle images up to one meter square and will accept nearly any image that doesn’t violate third-party copyrights, presumably excluding any obscene image as well. Just wait for someone to test the limits on that one. Read more