It sounds really dull to test paint for cars. It includes essentially painting stuff and putting it out to bake in the sun. Then, you take a lot of data. Though it sounds a total bore, the truth is all paint has to go through it and triumph before it can get put on a vehicle, which is a lot of work for a coat of paint.

Car paint testing is important as car color is essential

A customer will decide whether or not to purchase an automobile depending on the paint color, according to pain producer PPG, which is why it is so essential to have good color. AutoBlog reported that the PPG survey showed 48 percent of respondents chose their car based only on the car color in 2011 and 70 percent said the color did matter. About 30 percent of respondents would only look at models depending on color availability.

What a lot of people take for granted is how long the process is to get from creating a shade to putting on a car one can purchase like, for instance, a brand new Altima from Magic Nissan of Everett, WA. A fair bit of advanced chemistry is involved with making a color and then they have to test it. If a color doesn't pass car paint screening, it doesn't go on cars.

Not the simplest procedure

AutoBlog explained that Q-Lab is a paint-testing center in Florida that has 20 acres of land for screening. MyFox Tampa pointed out that it is close to the Everglades National Park where the paint is tested against the elements. It is tested against humidity, heat and ultraviolet radiation. There is rain and other stuff also. It is very tiresome and takes a lot of work.

In the facility, you will find banks of 12 inch by 4 inch panels set up. It can take over 10 years’ worth of screening before a paint product is authorized. There are up to 40,000 daily readings on paint and weather info during the screening.

According to Mike Crewdson, the facility’s manager, “we sit around...and watch paint fade, which is a lot more interesting than watching paint dry.”

Only way to do it

The facility works directly with the auto industry but won't say with whom for the most part; General Motors, which has been testing 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.

A variety of different facilities test car paint too. It is not just Q-Lab, though Q-Lab has a center in the Arizona Desert where many businesses test their goods. One business that does a lot of screening is the Nevada Automotive Test Center. It tests military automobiles and other vehicles with paint. The Automotive Testing and Development Services is another business that does a lot of testing on fabrics and paints. The business is also known for screening vehicles and components to watch for weaknesses. Something as simple as paint on the car takes a lot more work than you might expect before it can be authorized apparently.