Painting is the most difficult, the most costly, and the most polluting step in manufacturing vehicles. When low weathering performance paints are used, the results are dissatisfied customers, and huge warranty costs. It would obviously be wise to fully characterize the weathering performance of new coatings systems before they are used. Unfortunately this is not always practical. Coating formulations are changing rapidly in the States to comply with solvent emission regulations, the introduction of plastic substrates, and customer tastes. There is rarely enough time to wait ten years for outdoors exposure tests to reveal the "true" weathering performance of coatings before marketing vehicles. As a result, accelerated tests are often used to guide decisions. However, the results of such tests can be misleading because the harsh exposure conditions used can distort the chemistry of degradation.