Our fully equipped UK based laboratory conducts a wide range of independent tests on coatings, before or after they are applied to a substrate. We can test to a variety of standards including BS, ISO, ASTM and DIN.

We can support your business with Ecolabel Accreditation and also Qualicoat testing.

One area where we have particular expertise is the evaluation of raw materials used in paint or resin manufacture. We normally incorporate the raw material into an appropriate paint or resin and then test the product. A similar product, made using a conventional raw material, serves as a control. Test work of this nature is of particular interest to those who wish to establish whether the surface coatings industry could present a potential marketing opportunity.

Evaluating surface coatings for their resistance to microbial attack forms an important part of our work and we have particular experience in testing coatings for resistance to in-can spoilage and fungal or algal growth on applied coatings.

Click on the headings below to see a list of the typical tests we undertake. If you cant see the test you would like listed please do get in touch as we offer many more tests.


Paint Analysis

We have particular expertise in the analysis of :-

  • Substrates
  • Raw materials
  • Fully formulated coatings
  • Multi-layer coating systems
  • Fibrous and particulate contaminants

Much of our analytical work is carried out with the aim of establishing the reason for problems connected with the manufacture and use of products. As well as establishing the cause, our aim is to provide a solution to these problems.

Click on the headings below for more information.

Our equipment includes:-

  • Controlled Atmosphere Rooms and Chambers
  • Accelerated Weathering Equipment
  • Exterior Exposure Sites
  • Exposure Test Cabinets
  • Viscometers

Equipment to measure:-

  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Adhesion
  • Cracking
  • Film Thickness
  • Hardness
  • Impact Resistance
  • Scrub Resistance
  • Water Permeability

Please Note: Following a review of our Marketing & Communications policy we as an independent association, do not issue reports containing the names of coatings unless they are made or marketed by the client. It is our policy not to allow our name or logos to be used in association with any advertising or promotional materials.