Paint and coating testing is a critical part of product evaluation for a variety of components and materials. Our experts help ensure that you have the correct coatings for your products, helping them withstand even the most extreme environments.
Element offers a full range of coating testing services, from lab testing to engineering support to research and development. We can assist with a wide range of projects, including compliance testing, failure analysis, process evaluation, chemical analysis and deformulation, hardness, adhesion strength, material selection, and consulting projects.
The Element Advantage
From oil and gas to transportation, we have dedicated industry experts ready to help solve your toughest coating challenges. We can replicate extremes in temperature, humidity, and pressure to simulate real-world conditions.
In addition to testing per some of the world’s most rigorous standards, we can work with you to design and implement customized coating testing plans. With a global platform of paint and coating labs, we can assist with projects around the world.
For more information about our coating testing services, or to request a quote, contact an expert today.
Element's Paint and Coating Testing Services
Element's coating labs specialize in detecting potential problems before the become costly failures. Our experts can help you determine what test types are appropriate for your products.
We can perform a full suite of test types, including:
Physical Properties Testing
Element paint testing labs help manufacturers evaluate their paint or coating products' properties and performance potential. Tests and capabilities include:
- Paint and coating adhesion
- Paint and coating film thickness
- Impact resistance
- Film hardness
- Color and gloss measurements
- Paint or coating deformulation/material identification
- Wear and abrasion
- Volatile/Semi-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC/SVOC) Measurement
- Volatiles – Total
Exposure to light, heat, humidity and other environmental conditions provides critical data for predicting paint or coating performance and lifespan. Tests and capabilities include:
- Fluorescent UV (QUV)
- Basic and controlled irradiance spray
- Xenon Arc testing
- Controlled humidity testing
- Custom cyclic corrosion programs
Accelerated Corrosion Resistance
Protecting materials and products from corrosion is an important function for surface treatments like paints and coatings. Element’s paint testing lab experts subject samples to various corrosive environments to evaluate paint and coating performance. Tests and capabilities include:
- Salt spray and salt fog testing, including ASTM B117
- Humidity testing
- Cyclic corrosion
- Controlled temperature and humidity testing
- Immersion testing
- Rotary and vertical dip/dry
Environmental Exposure Testing
How will your products perform in the real world? Environmental simulation and exposure provide answers that allow manufacturers to plan for successful, cost-effective products and processes. Environmental lab tests and capabilities include:
- Controlled Temperature / Humidity
- 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
- Thermal shock testing
- Autoclave testing
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