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Performance tests for coatings, lacquers, paints, and corrosion protection

Performance tests for coatings, lacquers, paints, and corrosion protection

In-Depth and Thorough Performance Tests in Fully Equipped Labs

Coatings perform differently in different situations. Some applications – for example those on ship hulls– need to be fully water-resistant. Others – for example required in chemical plants – have to withstand the applicable chemicals. Coatings applied on outdoor objects have to be colorfast and withstand sunligth and rain for long periods of time, over the course of many years. Often several factors, and standards have to be taken into account for different coatings, lacquers, and paints; for example, the protection against corrosion.

To fully ascertain whether a specific coating is suitable for specific objects or purposes, TÜV Rheinland offers several tests and test methods to measure the performance. The protective properties, visual appearance, degradation speedcan be tested. Based on our thorough performance tests, manufacturers can demonstrate the level of quality of their products. Buyers can make better decisions on which product is the right choice for their object and purpose. And suppliers can gain better market access to new markets with products suited to local requirements and standards.

TÜV Rheinland employs all manner of pragmatic testing methods and has in-depth knowledge and expertise of the tests and the sector. Ask our experts. We are glad to help.

Benefits At A Glance

With TÜV Rheinland as your partner for performance testing coatings, lacquers, paints, and corrosion protection, you:

  • Can demonstrate the quality level of your products
  • Can rely on objective damage control
  • Can get support in court cases
  • Benefit from our knowledge of market access requirements
  • Can use TÜV certificates and product labels for your sales and marketing strategy
  • Are better informed to make better decisions on which is the right product for your object
  • Benefit from our pragmatic testing methods and specific knowledge and expertise of the sector
  • Can rely on TÜV Rheinland’s expertise and long-term experience in the sector, with the right instruments and tools to conduct extensive research

Our Range of Test Methods

Depending on the request, object, and application of coatings products, we offer a complete range of testing methods to fully ascertain the quality and performance of coatings, paints, lacquers, and corrosion protection products:

Application tests (liquid paints):

  • Density
  • Solids percentage (m/m and v/v)
  • Fineness
  • Surface tension
  • Viscosity
  • Application properties
  • Flash point
  • Various techniques

Spectral tests:

  • Color
  • Gloss
  • Color Aptitude Test
  • Farnsworth Test
  • Ishihara Test
  • Coverage
  • UV-VIS-NIR analyses

Mechanical tests:

  • Thickness
  • Porosity
  • Adhesion
  • Hardness
  • Scratch resistance
  • Impact resistance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Dirt retention
  • Water vapor permeability
  • Tensile tests
  • Internal stress
  • Slip resistance

Corrosion tests:

  • Cold check test
  • Temperature resistance
  • Immersion tests
  • Cold back test
  • Lockheed test
  • Machu test
  • Condensation test
  • Kesternich (sulfur dioxide) test
  • Filiforme corrosion test
  • Salt spray tests NSS/ASS/CASS
  • Cyclic tests
  • Prohesion test
  • Cathodic protection

Weathering tests:

  • Atlas WOM (Weather-Ometer)
  • QUV Accelerated Weathering Test
  • Xenotest Alpha
  • Xenotest Hi-Energy
  • Suntest, Heraeus
  • Ovens
  • Thermal aging

Analytical tests:

  • (Infra-Red) microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy X-ray microanalysis (SEM/XRMA)
  • Gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Thermal Desorption pyrolysis - gas chromatography / mass spectrometry (TD/Pyr-GC/MS)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • (Modulated) differential scanning calorimetry (M)DSC
  • Thermo graphic analyses (TGA)
  • Thin layer chromatography (TLC)
  • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC)
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR)
  • Several types of light microscopy

Our Services

TÜV Rheinland offers a whole range of services for performance testing coatings, lacquers, paints, and corrosion protection, including:

  • Damage expertise
  • Forensic investigations
  • Independent research and advice for legal action
  • Development of application technology
  • Development of innovative methods
  • Development of knowledge
  • Investigation of durability, corrosion resistance, and mechanical properties
  • Consulting
  • Development of standards, protocols, and requirements
  • Knowledge transfer, education, and training

Our Customer References

We conduct performance tests for a wide range of customers and industries, including:

  • Coating suppliers
  • Paint suppliers
  • Job coaters
  • Lacquers suppliers
  • Anti corrosive system suppliers
  • Shipyards
  • Renewable energy suppliers
  • Automotive industry
  • (Petro)chemical industry
  • Chemical plants
  • Constructors
  • Insurance companies


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