Paint and coating analysis and testing is a critical aspect of product evaluation for various components and materials in paint to ensure that the product does as it is supposed to. Coatings experts must ensure that the correct coatings are supplied and applied for you, helping them withstand even the most extreme environments.
Lube-Point Conducts paints and coatings integrity testing. Our coating testing laboratories offer a full range of services, from in-lab testing to engineering support to research and development.
What is required in a coating test?
A wide range of features on a coating needs to be checked and must meet the requirements as stipulated in the product sheet. Such as
- Regulatory compliance testing
- Failure analysis
- Chemical Analysis
Hardness and adhesion strength
Because coatings provide critical asset protection in some of the harshest operating environments within the global Energy sector, we must understand how coating products and systems will perform once deployed in the field of use. In some instances, coating involves a large-scale simulation of deepwater environments in pressure cells to the lifetime insulation performance of flowline systems, covering everything from standard pre-qualification coatings testing up to high-level polymer testing using various exposure techniques. The best tests for coatings include simulating exposure tests such as the IMO PSPC test protocols for Seawater ballast water and cargo oil tanks. Having high-level technical knowledge and advanced high-capacity labs also requires that an organization have global capacity and capability to replicate challenging operating environments for testing to some standards such as Norsok M501 and ISO 12944 pt 6 and 9 utilized by the heavy industries to analyze and evaluate heavy-duty coating for very harsh environments.
The coating is the thin layer covering a substrate or substance. It is applied on the surface to improve its properties and to create a protective barrier against corrosion and deterioration of its surface, which could be made of metal, stone, cement, or even wood.
Within the infrastructure and building industry, the automobile industry, and many more, ‘Paint’ is usually industrial two-pack paint, whereas ‘Coatings’ is a word used to define a layer of paint.
Coatings are used to protect fabricated steelworks such as offshore rigs, bridges, and other structures from rusting when exposed to all sorts of harsh environmental conditions. The coatings undergo chemical Analysis and can do physical testing such as scratch and impact tests.
Paint testing is required to protect all structures from the harsh effects of the sun and water.
- Super Aesthetics increases beauty and impact.
- Enhanced Protection, nature can be drastic sometimes sun, rain, fire, wind, and snow can drastically damage your home.
- Increase Lifespan, The quality coat help to enhance the long shelf life of the home or any product.
Coating testing is required as
- They provide safety by making the surface of the product nonslip or non-stick.
- They prevent corrosion as rusting and other corrosive machinery debris will likely happen over time.
- They protect by maintaining the sheen, hardness, and other properties for a longer time.
Tests that are applied for the Analysis and testing of paints and coatings
Viscosity, in the industry of paints, is an important method to measure its thickness, which is crucial as viscosity decides whether paint requires being applied using a sprayer, roller, brush, or more high-tech tool application. It is also necessary to know to apply the paint evenly and correctly on uneven surfaces. Viscosity is measured and tested using a wide range of viscometers generally measured by the timings and speed at which paint glides and moves.
Specific gravity is a method to measure paint density and is generally expressed in weight per gallon.
Oil and dirt Contamination
Testing for oil and dirt contamination, establish the presence of greases, dirt, and oil contamination where rub one spot back to forth on the surface ten times with a dry cotton pad. Blackmark on the cotton pad shows oils and dirt.
Abrasion Resistance test
Abrasion Resistance Test helps to determine the ability of a coating to resist and avoid degradation because of mechanical wear and tear due to complex and rough objects.
Alkali resistance test.
Alkali resistance test of paint to determine the temperature at which the paint resists reaction to alkaline substances such as plaster, lime, and cement.
This test determines the corrosive performance of metals or other products using salt spray testing. Chemical Analysis of paint and coating to check whether the product reacts to any chemical substances.
Accelerated aging of paint provides a comparative method of how good paint will be going to last outdoors as compared with other existing formulations.
Conditioning Tests were conducted to determine the behavior and reaction of paints and other kinds of coatings to exposure to various conditions of humidity and temperature defined concerning requirements of product or coating specifications.
Water resistance test
Water-Resistance Test, like water, can cause degradation of the coatings to check how the coating will resist water.
Lube-point conducts planned work to create new and improved paint quality testing and coatings quality testing methods. Under the quality control of paint and coating testing by sigma, one can assure the quality product as the inspection is done under expert engineers in testing labs.