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Does Polymer Paintwork Protect?

Does Polymer Paintwork Protect? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered if a protective layer on your car paint can help it last longer? This experiment will help you find out if polymer sealants can protect your car paint from corrosion-inducing chemicals.


The hypothesis is that using polymer sealants will help a car paint last longer by providing a protective layer over the paint, preventing damage by various substances such as water and acid rain.

Method & Materials

You will spray paint 20 metal sheets, apply a coating of protective sealant to 10 of them, and spread 10 different materials on the metal sheets with and without the protective sealant.
You will need 20 pieces of metal from the exterior body of a car, 1 large can of automobile bodywork spray paint, polymer sealant, 2 eggs, 1 bottle of Clorox cleaner, bird dropping, 1 bottle of soy sauce, 1 bottle of tap water, 1 bottle of sugar diluted in water, 1 bottle of mouthwash, 1 bottle of salad cream, 1 bottle of cooking oil, and 1 can of shaving cream.


The hypothesis was proven to be true. The paintwork on the metal sheets without the polymer coating began to corrode sooner than those which had coating. The protective coating acts as a first line of defense against corrosion-inducing chemicals, by allowing the protective coating to be damaged first before the corrosion is able to reach the surface of the paint.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how a simple protective coating can help protect car paint from corrosion-inducing chemicals. It also shows how some materials are more corrosive than others, and how the protective coating can help delay the process of corrosion.

Also Consider

Variations to consider include using different brands of paint, different metals such as zinc or aluminium, different types of protective coatings such as wax, and exposing the metal sheets to intense ultra violet rays or increasing the room temperature.

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