Coating Inspection Equipment

We partner with Elcometer to deliver a full range of surface coating and climate inspection equipment.

We supply inspection equipment that measures coating thickness, climatic conditions, salt testing, porosity and adhesion as well as a wide range of physical test parameters required for the formulation of coatings.

Surface Profile

The degree of profile on the surface affects a coating's overall performance. The height of the profile (measured from the peaks to the troughs) determines aspects such as adhesion, coverage and overall volume of the coating used.

There are four different types of methods available for testing surface profile:

Surface Comparators
Compares freshly blasted profiles to predefined profiles
Replica Tape
A plastic test piece is pressed into the blasted surface and is measured to establish the surface profile
Surface Profile Gauges
A gauge to measure the profile recording the value from the top of the peak to the bottom of the valley
Surface Roughness Testers
Consists of a stylus attached to an arm which moves automatically over the surface to record and measure the profile

Surface Cleanliness

The level of contaminants present in the recycled material following abrasive blasting needs to be monitored to avoid the recontamination of the surface being cleaned.

The most common tests for surface cleanliness are:

Dust Tape Test Kit
Measures the quantity and size of dust particles on surfaces prepared for painting
Chloride Iron Test Kit for Surfaces
Tests for remaining chloride levels on a substrate surface prior to painting
Salt Contamination Meter
Tests for soluble salts on the substrate surface prior to painting by absorbing into a filter paper soaked with distilled water. Papers can be remoistened to repeat the test at a later date; perfect for proof and ISO requirements.
Pictorial Surface Standards
Visual standard showing the degree of cleanliness for different level of rusted steel cleaned by abrasive blasting.

Powder Coating Inspection

The thickness of your powder coating is critical. Too much powder can lead to poor adhesion, too little can lead to a discoloration and loss in gloss of the coating. We provide test instruments that enable you to measure your powder coating thickness including Uncured Powder Film Combs, Non-contact Uncured Powder Gauges, and Paint and Powder Gauges.