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Paints and protective coatings are the most common means of protecting materials from deterioration. This article focuses on coating degradation resulting from the environmental interaction with the coatings. The major environmental influences that result in coating degradation include energy (solar radiation, heat and temperature variation, and nuclear radiation), permeation (moisture, solvent retention, chemical, and oxygen), stress (drying and curing, vibration, and impact and abrasion), and biological influences (microbiological and macrobiological).

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