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07-05-2014 09:33 AM #1
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Car paint testing is tiresome yet studious
There are a lot of things that people take for granted and some of the most innocent things take a lot of work. Car paint, for instance, has to undergo a lot of screening before it can get put on a vehicle. Car paint screening includes exposing tones of paint to years of brutal climate conditions to see if it can stand up.
Many people want the right color
According to AutoBlog, automotive paint manufacturer PPG Industries found paint color on an automobile is a greatest influence on whether or not a consumer will purchase a car. PPG surveys of recent car buyers in 2011 found 48 percent of respondents chose their car depending on color alone and 70 percent reported color was a factor. Color availability was also a factor in the model consumers choose among 30 percent of respondents.
A lot of chemistry is actually needed to get a color, and then it takes a bunch of screening. The paint cannot go on the car unless it gets through paint testing first. Individuals might be surprised to find out how much work goes into their car’s paint before it goes on their new Altima at from Magic Nissan Motors of Everett, WA.
Not the simplest process
If you believed it may be fun to test paint, you might want to get started. It is a very hard procedure and takes a long time because you have to test the paint against a ton of different elements. This contains rain, humidity, sizzling heat and a lot of ultraviolet radiation. The greatest testing facility where this is done is in Florida near the Everglades National Park, according to MyFox Tampa. The facility is found over 20-acres for screening.
There are up to 40,000 daily readings on paint and weather records, and the paint can spend up to 10 years in tests before getting authorized. The center is just like a giant percussion instrument since there are large 12 inch by 4 inch panels that are painted and set side by side.
According to Mike Crewdson, the facility’s manager, “we sit around...and watch paint fade, which is more interesting than watching paint dry.”
Only way to do it
The center works directly with the auto industry but will not say with whom for the most part; General Motors, which has been screening paint this way since the 1920s, admits to being one. GM\'s test is simple. If a color fades or otherwise doesn\'t measure up at Q-Lab, it doesn\'t get produced.
Automotive Testing and Development Services is a screening company that looks for weak points in vehicles and components by putting them through a ton of tests. Paint and fabrics are also tested by the business in the Arizona desert, according to HowStuffWorks. There is also a center there for Q-Lab. There is also a ton of testing done at the Nevada Automotive Test Center that tests military vehicles. Evidently it takes a lot of work before paint could be put on your car, and it is tested in many facilities.