Florida Days

Ask an Expert From: Products Finishing, , from Powder Coating Consultants, Div. of Ninan, Inc.

Posted on: 9/1/2004

Question: I read an article recently and it referred to “Florida days.” Where can I get more information on “Florida days”? J.

Question:

I read an article recently and it referred to “Florida days.” Where can I get more information on “Florida days”? J. R.

Answer:

My Editor informs me that there is a Jimmy Buffett album named “Floridays,” but somehow I don’t think that is what you are asking about. If it is, then have two margaritas and call me in the morning.

“Florida days” can refer to the Florida sunlight exposure testing often performed to judge a coating's UV resistance over time. Test panels are coated with a particular coating (powder, liquid, etc.) and are placed on a test rack that exposes the surface to direct south Florida sunlight. The coating’s color fastness and gloss are compared to a sample that was not exposed to sunlight. The testing agent rates the degradation of the coating’s appearance in days of exposure after the coating no longer looks like it did originally. This arduous test is often performed on coatings used in the architectural industry, where building components are exposed to sunlight for many years. It has been accepted that the south Florida sunlight exposure test is the most difficult for coatings to pass. South Florida’s location in reference to the equator makes their sunlight the strongest in America and stronger than many other countries.

Now if someone can tell me where Margaritaville is located, I can die a happy man.


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