Paints and protective coatings are the most common means of protecting materials from deterioration. This article focuses on coating degradation that results from the environmental interaction with the coatings. The major environmental influences of the 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).
Kenneth B. Tator, Degradation of Protective Coatings, Corrosion: Materials, Vol 13B, ASM Handbook, Edited By Stephen D. Cramer, Bernard S. Covino, Jr., ASM International, 2005, p 589–599, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v13b.a0003844
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