Axalta’s Florida weathering and testing facility, located in Hialeah, Florida, was established as an outdoor weathering laboratory in 1928. When research involves product or material samples or more complex components, Axalta’s technicians can provide high-quality weathering, testing and consulting. In addition to exposure-testing using internationally standardized test fixtures, we provide a wide range of sample evaluations such as color, gloss and DOI measurements, as well as detailed visual inspections. The facility is ISO 17025 certified and the experienced staff is familiar with ASTM and other industry weathering test methods and standards.
The South Florida environment is recognized worldwide as a benchmark location for performing outdoor materials weathering tests. The unique combination of moisture and high temperatures along with extreme levels of ultraviolet solar radiation provides an excellent climate for performance and durability testing. Exposure can be performed on virtually anything: finished products, materials, or even raw materials -- anything that requires high performance in outdoor environments. Examples include automotive coatings, additives, construction materials such as sealants and adhesives, coverings, vinyl and wood siding, interior surfaces, pond liners, pool covers, outdoor fabrics such as banners and flags as well as patio furniture and garden products.