Originally Posted by robs15altitude
Makes you wonder how some of this gets by quality control (or lack there of it)?!?!?
All manufactureres have to make concessions with new environmental constraints imposed on them.
I'm sure bright minds have optimized the paint application and drying time with the needs to keep the production line moving at a profitable pace.
One thing is certain, you can play with chemistry, but you can't change the laws of chemistry. Solvent based finishes will dry faster and will be more resistant to damage (UV, impact, scratches, etc.) however the environmental trade-off is no longer justifiable to today's standards and expectations.
Water based paints can be just as good, but the cost in time is greater. Time is money, and idle plants are expensive. So, they tweak the application to speed up the drying, but end up with orange peel.