Physical Testing of Applied Coatings

Industrial protective coatings and commercial paints are formulated to possess certain performance properties once they are applied. These characteristics often consist of both chemical and physical properties that are used to help determine the coating’s ability to perform well in a given service environment. Physical properties of coatings (often applied to test panels) helps to verify and predict performance (or lack of performance) prior to full scale application. However, when this performance data is generated by the coating manufacturer, it is often perceived as being biased. KTA is independent of facility owners, painting contractors and coating manufacturers, enabling any of these parties to have coatings and/or coating systems independently evaluated for performance properties.

Our laboratory is accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by A2LA so you can be assured that the data that we generate is both accurate and reliable. We also perform all of the coating performance testing under the AASHTO NTPEP Structural Steel Coatings Work Plan (first approved in 1999 and have held the exclusive approval status since 2004).

We are active members of ASTM subcommittees D01.21, D01.23, D01.46, D01.48 and G01.05 that are responsible for writing and maintaining the coatings testing standards. Don’t trust your project or your coatings to just any testing laboratory; choose KTA. We specialize in coatings testing and we offer a wealth of industry knowledge and decades of paint and protective coatings experience to you and your company. Let us help you design a test regime that focuses on the parameters that matter the most. Our offerings include (but are not limited to):

  • Adhesion
  • Impact, abrasion, chipping and mar resistance
  • Compressive, flexural and tensile strength
  • Coefficient of friction (floors)