As the former CEO of an automotive paint supplier, I am surprised that people are willing to spend extra money to protect the paint on their newly purchased vehicle (“Clear path,” June 2017).
It’s an emotional issue and not a required extra expense. The automotive paint industry annually spends millions, if not billions, of dollars on product development, improvement and testing.
Each exterior color is tested for five years of Florida exposure. Specifications are continually upgraded to prevent field failure issues. This mandates new chemistries and application techniques.
Even though I have been out of the automotive paint industry for nine years, I am still proud to see what my former company’s products look like.
CHARLEY STORMS, Evansville, Ind. The writer is the former CEO of Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co.