Paint Hardness Testing

Peeling Paint
Clear data with quick and concise results.

Paint hardness is the result of a chemical reaction between paint and the substrate it adheres to. Paint must be hard enough to protect the surface it is applied to. The thickness of the paint, type of paint, and way it dries, all play a role in determining paint hardness.

Paint hardness testing can be useful in rating its resiliency to scraping, polishing, scratching, gouging, rubbing, and other abrasive external forces. Companies need to know the hardness of their coatings in order to determine whether it is appropriate for their intended application. ATS testing laboratories have the necessary tools and technology to help companies accurately evaluate paint hardness. Our testing services deliver clear data with quick and concise results.

Pencil Hardness Test

The Pencil Hardness Test is one of the most popular testing method in the paint industry. The procedure consists of using pencils of increasing hardness to make marks at a 45-degree angle on a coated panel until the pencil that will not damage the coating is determined.

  • ASTM D3363
  • ISO 15184
  • Determines gouge and/or scratch (mar) hardness
  • Quick results

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