Make sure your products stand the test of time with Element's paint and coating testing. Our experts deliver tailored solutions covering most industries, so your products can handle everything from everyday wear to the toughest conditions. Count on us for customized solutions to meet rigorous international industry standards.


What is Materials testing for Paint and coatings – and why do I need it?

This type of testing explores the material properties of coatings, including paint, to assess how it behaves when applied to a surface, and any impact on the surface itself. We can also simulate extreme conditions, assessing quality, performance, and compliance in even the most demanding situations. Our expertise includes regulatory compliance testing, failure analysis, process evaluation, chemical analysis, de-formulation, hardness assessment, adhesion strength, material selection, and consulting. 

Industries such as automotive, construction, aerospace, and manufacturing rely on this testing to ensure coatings meet safety and regulatory requirements whilst maintaining desired aesthetics and protective properties. Our comprehensive paint and coatings testing safeguards against defects, promoting product longevity, all within rigorous environmental and safety standards.


Key Benefits of working with Element for Paint and Coatings Testing 

  • Material-Focused Testing for Your Peace of Mind: Our comprehensive paint and coating testing services ensure your coatings not only meet but exceed specific requirements under different environmental conditions. This means a more durable product, preventing headaches like peeling and defects that could affect your product's lifespan. 
  • Technical Guidance Throughout Your Testing Journey: Element's experts are here for you every step of the way. We provide information and support at every testing stage, helping you understand the technical aspects of coatings, testing methods, and findings and guiding you through necessary next steps.
  • Comprehensive Testing for Consistent Quality: Rely on us for meticulous testing results, ensuring your coatings meet the highest quality and performance standards. We don't just meet requirements; we prioritize ensuring your paints and coatings precisely match your unique needs and remain compatible with your specific product and application.


Looking for Cost-effective solutions?

In a world where saving money matters, our all-in-one services, including lab testing, engineering support, and R&D guidance, are your go-to solution.

Whether you're after a quicker timeline or better resource planning, our integrated approach makes things easy, speeding up decisions and solutions. When you partner with Element, our experts handle all your needs, so you don't have to juggle multiple vendors. It's not just a time-saver; it cuts the hassle and costs of managing everything separately. 

Secure Global Market Access and a competitive edge

In today's global marketplace, gaining market access and staying competitive is key for businesses in every industry. That's where paint and coatings testing, with a focus on material properties, comes into play. At Element, our paint and coatings testing services do more than just meet regulatory requirements—they ensure you exceed the strict global standards for quality and performance. This not only opens doors to new markets but also positions you as a strong player internationally. By showcasing the reliability, durability, and safety of your coatings through our thorough material-focused testing, you're not just meeting global demands; you're building a reputation that instills trust and confidence in both current and future customers.



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Our Materials Testing Capabilities  for Paint and Coatings

  • Paint and coating adhesion
  • Paint and coating film thickness
  • Flexibility
  • Film hardness
  • Color and gloss measurements
  • Paint or coating deformulation/material identification
  • Basic and controlled irradiance spray
  • Humidity testing
  • Cyclic corrosion
  • Immersion testing
  • Rotary and vertical dip/dry
  • Temperatures up to 260°C (500°F) (ovens) and 1100°C (2000°F) (furnaces)
  • Subambient testing to -100°C (-150°F)
  • Chemical compatibility
  • Gravelometer testing
  • Thermal cycling
  • Autoclave testing 

Industry-specific Services to Support your Needs

In addition to materials testing for paint and coatings, we also offer a wide variety of testing tailored for specific needs and industries, including the energy sector, medical devices, and for environmental factors:

  • In the oil and gas industry, coatings play a crucial role in shielding your equipment and structures from tough conditions. Element's experts make sure your coatings can handle extreme temperatures, corrosion, and chemical impacts. Learn about our energy coating testing services
  • For medical products, we know that safety and reliability are non-negotiable, so our testing services ensure that coatings used in medical devices and equipment meet rigorous quality and safety standards, prioritizing patient well-being and compliance with regulations.
  • Whilst for environmental applications, we offer services that consider the particulate release of a product, allowing for assessments to be drawn regarding the environmental impact of your coatings - essential for sustainability and compliance with environmental regulations.

Why Choose Element

When you choose Element for your paint and coatings testing, you're tapping into a global network of cutting-edge laboratories that specialize in material properties. Plus, you connect with experts who really understand industry regulations.

Our team is ready for any challenge, and we don't just test to meet standards – we collaborate with you to create customized paint testing plans.

With our worldwide network covering in-lab testing, engineering support, and comprehensive research and development guidance, we can provide better efficiency and cost-effectiveness for your project, no matter where you are.

Contact us today to explore our comprehensive material testing range for paint and coatings.


The most frequently requested standards are listed here. If the standard you're looking to test to isn't on our list, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to guide you through the optimal testing approach aligned with industry standards: SS , PACCAR, CMT, NORSOK, NF, NFA, NFT, NEN, NEMA, NASM, NACE, ISO, GMW, ICC, FORD, FLTM, EN, EIA, EAD, DIN, D2794, CSA     


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