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by Ron Joseph

January, 2002

Paint Adhesion and Abrasion Testing

Q. We have some very basic adhesion/abrasion test equipment on site that doesn't give us a very quantitative answer as to whether a coating is good or not on a finished part. I am trying to gather information on testing techniques for coatings and perhaps a few coating testing laboratories.

A. You will find comprehensive chapters describing adhesion and abrasion testing in the 2001 issue of the Metal Finishing Organic Guidebook & Directory. You can get a complimentary subscription to Metal Finishing and the OGB by writing to Patti Ann Frost at

Another excellent source of information is the ASTM Volume 06.01 which describes all of the tests in great detail.

Instrument suppliers, such as BYK-Gardner and Paul Gardner Co. Inc. provide excellent catalogs that describe these tests in detail.

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