The real durability of a product depends on a large number of parameters, including, among others, the quality and the preparation of the substrate, exposure (environment, climate, exposure angle), the maintenance of the vinyl and the amount of pollution.
The degradation of the materials (such as the slight and progressive change of the colour and the gloss) is a natural and unavoidable phenomenom for both vinyl and paint.
Because of the great variety of substrates and possible application methods the installer must examine the suitability of the media for each application.
The pigments (colouring) of the PVC film influence the durability of the colours. An estimate of the durability is obtained by aging tests of the cast vinyl under UV-rays and by natural exposure. Based on a vertical exposure, White and matt blacks (vinyl) can last approximately 10 years in a central European climate, considerably longer than the paint alternative for these specific paints.
Colours, other matts and gloss tinged vinyls have an indicative durability of eight years. Structured effect vinyls (carbon, alligator, sequin, leather, brushed alluminium) have an expected five years durability and metallic (gold, silver and chrome) four years.
Other positions accentuate the climatic impact and an alteration of gloss, colour and even a slight powder effect may occur. A vinyl application on an engine hood for example is particularly harsh because of the horizontal exposure and the heat coming from the engine.