Paint and Coatings Laboratory

KTA’s coating laboratory provides paint, corrosion and material testing services including coatings research, paint failure investigations, compositional analysis, accelerated weathering, cyclic corrosion testing, abrasive performance, and other physical testing. Conducted by scientists, chemists, and research and development specialists, these comprehensive services provide clients with independent, accurate analyses of coating problems, and advance the industry’s understanding of the performance characteristics of protective coatings and abrasive media. Accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 (Testing Cert. #2455.01), KTA’s Coating Laboratory is the premier provider of forensic evaluations, a veritable ‘CSI’ of coating system failure investigations. As part of ourEH&S Services additional lab capabilities include analysis of soil, paint chip and ambient air samples for lead and other toxic metals associated with maintenance painting projects.

KTA’s analytical laboratory draws upon an array of sophisticated instrumentation including a scanning electron microscope (SEM/EDS), gas chromatograph (GC), ion chromatograph (IC), high pressure liquid chromatograph (HPLC), gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC-MS), Fourier transform infrared (IR) spectrometer, atomic absorption/emission spectrophotometer (AA/AE), optical digital microscopes with microphotography capabilities, and differential scanning calorimeter. KTA’s materials testing laboratory draws upon accelerated weathering testing equipment and houses a complete supply of test panels and surface preparation and coating application facilities including a walk-in abrasive blast cleaning room. For more information on KTA’s Laboratory services, click on any of the links below:


Cindy O'MalleyCindy O’Malley
412-788-1300 Ext. 180