Paint Testing

Paint Testing

The Purpose and Importance of Paint Testing

Manufacturers and OEMs trust that the paint they use on their products is going to work as intended. Whether applied for visually aesthetic reasons or as a protective measure against corrosion, paint often represents the final application to a product before it is sent off for use. But different paints possess different characteristics — like their resistance to damage, their ability to withstand environmental factors, and their exact color match properties. Furthermore, because paints have been made with potentially dangerous or even carcinogenic chemicals (e.g., VOCs, lead, and other substances of concern), regulations such as EPA 24 limit their usage. Manufacturers and OEMs accomplish all of these goals by sending their products or samples off to testing labs like Applied Technical Services, Inc. to have these properties quantified and understood.

ATS performs an array of testing methods to best inform our clients about the properties of their paint, as reflected in the table below.

Test Methods and Standards
Method
Standard
CASS Testing
ASTM B368 / DIN EN ISO 9227 CASS
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Chip Resistance / Gravelometer
ASTM 3170 / ISO 20567-1 / SAE J400
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Coating Thickness
ASTM D7091
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Color Testing
ASTM D2244
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Conical Mandrel
ASTM D522
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Cyclic Salt Fog
ASTM G85 / SAE J2334 / GMW 14872
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Filiform Corrosion
ISO 3665
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Humidity (Condensing)
ASTM D2247 / DIN EN ISO 6270-2CH
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Immersion in Liquids
ISO 2812-1 -2 -3 -4 -5
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Impact Testing
ASTM D2794
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Pencil Hardness
ASTM D3363
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Salt Spray Testing
ASTM B117 / DIN EN ISO 9227 NSS
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Specular Gloss
ASTM D523
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Steam Jet
DIN EN ISO 16925 Method B
Taber Abrasion
ASTM 4060
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Tape Adhesion Testing
ASTM D3359 / DIN EN ISO 2409
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
UV Fluorescent
ASTM G154
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
VOC Testing
EPA 24
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Water Fog
ASTM D1735
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
Xenon Arc Weathering
ASTM G155
ISO 17025 (A2LA) Accredited
ATS and Paint Testing

For over 50 years, ATS has provided renowned testing, consulting engineering, and inspection services to clients from a wide range of industries. Our labs are extensively qualified to address any paint testing needs, as we carry nearly two dozen A2LA accreditations for testing to relevant standards. ATS’ highly proficient technicians pride themselves on returning extremely accurate results in a quick turn-around period. No matter the scope or focus of your paint testing needs, ATS can help.

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