Florida and Arizona: the best destinations for testing paints and coatings

Did you know that paint manufacturers test their products in extreme locations like Florida and Arizona? Discover why in this article!

Paint manufacturers, aware of the importance of offering durable products, test their products in extreme locations such as Florida and Arizona. Their reasoning for this? To subject them to rigorous testing under demanding climatic conditions that demonstrate their durability against the elements. In this article, we will explore why these two destinations have become international standards for evaluating paint durability.

Why Florida?

Florida, known for its dreamy beaches and subtropical climate, stands as a global benchmark for outdoor exposure testing. Weather conditions in this state are especially extreme and could be equivalent to several years in other less extreme locations.

High sunlight intensity, high annual ultraviolet radiation, year-round high temperatures, abundant rainfall and extreme humidity create an ideal synergistic effect for testing the durability of materials in outdoor environments. From color and gloss changes to the sensitivity of the paint itself (resins, etc.) to moisture. Florida becomes the perfect setting to evaluate how coatings stand the test of time in challenging conditions.

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Florida Test – Q-Lab picture

Why Arizona?

Arizona, with its desert landscape and scorching temperatures, is another benchmark location for outdoor aging exposures. The intensity of sunlight and extreme temperatures throughout the year, with considerably lower humidity than Florida, make this state an ideal location for specific tests.

High temperatures, which can reach up to 46°C (115°F) in summer, and intense ultraviolet radiation provide the perfect environment for validating automotive components under extreme conditions.

Florida and Arizona: the best destinations for testing paints and coatings | Crom Campus
Arizona Test – Q-Lab picture

Extreme testing in real outdoor conditions

In the quest for tough, durable products, paint manufacturers are sparing no effort. Tests in places like Florida and Arizona have become international standards to ensure that products not only meet expectations, but exceed them. When a paint successfully passes these weathering tests, it ensures that the coating will maintain its appearance throughout the car’s lifes pan, while also guaranteeing the protection of the substrate.  Passing these tests is synonymous with having passed through a real climatic battlefield.

Laboratory accelerated pre-testing

Prior to these tests, paint manufacturers must fine-tune their formulations to ensure that they will pass the two-year endurance tests under real climatic conditions. For this purpose, tests such as Q-Sun or Q-UV are carried out. These tests consist of accelerated tests with Xenon or UV lamps. So with about 1600 hours we can have an approximation of what will be obtained in the real tests.

Florida and Arizona: the best destinations for testing paints and coatings | Crom Campus
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