Forensic Coating Failure Investigations

Are you looking for Forensic Coating Failure Investigation Services?

All coatings fail… eventually. The cause of premature coating failure may remain a mystery, and the re-application may also fail unless a thorough investigation is undertaken. Forensic evidence generated by an independent laboratory is critical to determining the cause of and defining the resolution to the coating failure.

In-House Equipment Used to Generate Forensic Evidence Includes:

  • Digital 3D Microscopy
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Ion Chromatography
  • Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy
  • Variety of Wet Bench Tests

Our professionals use the data produced by these forensic techniques to formulate expert opinions as to the cause of failures and recommendations for repair.

Why Use KTA for Coating Failure Analysis?

KTA has unmatched depth and breadth of expertise in determining the causes of coating failures. We are not advocates for the owner, coating manufacturer or contractor. We are not attorneys. We are independent experts that have the depth of knowledge across many industries, service environments and coating systems to help resolve the most complex coating failures. We recognize that in many cases, coating failures result in litigation. Our Senior Chemists have experience in litigation support services including expert witness. We are frequently sought after by firms that litigate construction cases because of our reputation of being independent experts in the industrial/commercial coatings markets.


KTA's Forensic Coating Failure Investigation Services Will Help Answer the Following:

  • How can forensic laboratory evidence help to determine the cause of coating failures?
  • Why owner advocates or attorneys aren’t in the best position to determine the cause of coating failures.
  • What is the value of an independent expert when litigation becomes necessary?
  • What can be done to remediate the failure?
  • How can a repeat failure be prevented?

rob leggat kta laboratoryContact:

Robert B. Leggat, PhD

KTA Laboratory Services Manager

(412) 746-4271

How Can KTA Help?

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