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So That’s How They Test Auto Paint For Fade Resistance: Video 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Automotive Paint, Kurt, News, Testing, video on 11 19th, 2012

Q-Lab samples under the hot Florida sun

Those of us who live in Florida know this one absolute truth: the climate is absolutely brutal on automotive finishes and on car interiors. Blame it on a near-ideal blend of UV radiation, heat, humidity and salt air, but no other climate on the planet can destroy paint as well as Florida.

As you’d guess, there’s an industry devoted to exploiting Florida’s climate for the development of future automotive paint and interior materials. As My Fox Tampa Bay (via Autoblog) explains, Q-Lab torture-tests materials in a field near Homestead, Florida, in the shadows of the Everglades National Park.

Samples may spend as long as a decade under the harsh Florida sun before a manufacturer will approve the finish for use on a production vehicle. Each day, up to 40,000 readings from these samples are taken, and annually each sample is reviewed in detail to accurately gauge the impact of Florida’s climate.

While the testing may be cruel and unusual to automotive paints and prospective interior materials, the net result is a more durable product. We wouldn’t want to be the technician inspecting the panels in a snake-filled field under the hot Florida sun, but we’re glad someone is doing it.

So How Does Chevy Test The Camaro Convertible Top? 27
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible, Automotive, Camaro, Chevrolet, Kurt, Testing, video, Videos on 05 27th, 2011

OK, kids, don't try this at home.

There was a time in the not-too-distant past where American cars didn’t get a whole lot of validation post assembly. I’ve driven nearly new convertibles that leaked like a sieve in the rain, and I’ve had low mileage cars with more creaks and rattles than a haunted house. Fortunately, those days are in the past, and most of todays cars are tested to the point of failure before they even see production. Chevy wants you to know that they go well beyond “reasonable” in testing the top of the new Camaro convertible, running it through over ten years of simulated hard use in testing. Even production cars don’t get loaded for shipment until they’ve been tested under water spray of 900 gallons per minute. Like the video says, don’t try climbing into the trunk of your car at home. From personal experience, I can tell you that it’s not a particularly comfortable ride.