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Polymers, Plastics, Paints, and Coatings Testing

Polymers, Plastics, Paints, and Coatings


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LA Testing, the leader in providing cutting edge laboratory services and products, has been busy analyzing paints and coatings to find scientific answers to clients’ difficult questions. LA Testing routinely tests materials for everything from purity of pigments and identification of paint type after application to matching paint in automobile accidents.
Paint and coating problems routinely solved at LA Testing include:
  •  Is our supplier giving us the right paint?
  • Does the paint in our home contain dangerous pigments?
  • Why does our powder coat peal loose?
  • Did the contractor apply enough paint to the walls?
  • Why is the paint bubbling and pulling loose from our walls?
  • Does the paint on the dent in our vehicle match the neighbor’s car?
  • Why does this batch display less brilliance that the last batch did?
  • Is our supplier using the right size mica and calcite?
  • What is the melting and flash point of our spray paint?
  • Is the paint in our building latex or acrylic?
The laboratory has an arsenal of the latest scientific instrumentation at their disposal to answer these and other challenging questions. Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) can determine specific melting points, transition temperatures and liquid/solid contents. X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry (XRD) determines type and concentration of crystalline components. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry can determine the type of paint and many of its component materials. Microscopy using optical and electron microscopes is useful for identifying solid components and measuring particle size and layer thickness.
LA Testing’s project scientists have also successfully provided failure analysis and comparative product performance evaluations for a wide range of clients. To learn more contact the Materials Science Division at EMSL's corporate headquarters in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.

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Full list of services provided for Polymers, Plastics, Paints, and Coatings Testing ( click for details )
Other   Advanced polymer ID (bulk, filler, plasticizer ID)
  ASTM D1210 Fineness of Dispersion of Pigment-Vehicle Systems by Hegman-Type Scale
  ASTM D1308 Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes
  ASTM D1475 Density of Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products
  ASTM D1545 Viscosity of Transparent Liquids by Bubble Time Method
  ASTM D1640 Drying, Curing, or Film Formation of Organic Coatings at Room Temperature
  ASTM D185 Coarse Particles in Pigments in Pastes and Paints
  ASTM D215 Chemical Analysis of White Linseed Oil Paints
  ASTM D2369 Volatile Content of Coatings
  ASTM D2372 Separation of Vehicle from Solvent Reducible Paints
  ASTM D2621 Infrared Identification of Vehicle Solids from Solvent Reducible Paints
  ASTM D2805 Hiding Power of Paints by Reflectometry
  ASTM D3335 Low Concentrations of Lead, Cadmium, and Cobalt in Paint by AA
  ASTM D3359 Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test
  ASTM D3723 Pigment Content of Water Emulsion Paints by Low Temperature Ashing
  ASTM D374 Thickness of Solid Electrical Insulation
  ASTM D3792 Water in Paints and Paint Materials by Karl Fischer Method
  ASTM D3960/EPA Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Paints and Related Coatings
  ASTM D4062 Leveling of Paints by Draw-Down Method
  ASTM D412 Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elasomers - Tension
  ASTM D413 Rubber property-Adhesion to Flexible Substrate
  ASTM D429 Rubber Property-Adhesion to Rigid Substrates
  ASTM D430 Rubber Deterioration-Dynamic Fatigue
  ASTM D4400 Sag Resistance of Paints Using a Multi Notch Applicator
  ASTM D494 Acetone Extraction of Phenolic Molded or Laminated Products
  ASTM D4958 Comparison of Brush Drag of Latex Paints
  ASTM D522 Mandrel Bend Test of Attached Organic Coatings
  ASTM D523 Specular Gloss
  ASTM D542 Index of Refraction of Transparent Organ
  ASTM D543 Practice for Evaluating the Resistance of Plastics to Chemical Reagents
  ASTM D562 Consistency of Paints using the Stormer Viscometer
  ASTM D570 Water Absorption of Plastics
  ASTM D572 Rubber - Deterioration by Head and Oxygen
  ASTM D573 Rubber - Deterioration in an Air Oven
  ASTM D575 Rubber Properties in Compression
  ASTM D608 Speciation for Dibutyl Phthalate
  ASTM D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
  ASTM D622 Rubber Hose for Automotive Air and Vacuum Brake System
  ASTM D623 Rubber Property - Heat Generation and Flexing Fatige in Compression
  ASTM D624 Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
  ASTM D635 Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
  ASTM D638 Tensile Properties of Plastics
  ASTM D648 Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
  ASTM D6763 Application of Brushed Film
  ASTM D695 Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
  ASTM D696 Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between -30C and 30C
  ASTM D704 Specification for Melamine-Formaldehyde Molding Compounds
  ASTM D706 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Molding and extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D707 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D731 Molding Index of Thermosetting Molding Powder
  ASTM D732 Shear Strength of Plastics by Punch Tool
  ASTM D746 Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
  ASTM D747 Apparent Bending Modulus of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
  ASTM D785 Rockwell Hardness of Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
  ASTM D787 Specification for Ethyl Cellulose Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D788 Classification System for Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) (PMMA) Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D789 Determination of Relative Viscosity and Moisture Content of Polyamide (PA)
  ASTM D790 Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Mat.
  ASTM D792 Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
  ASTM D813 Rubber Deterioration - Crack Growth
  ASTM D93 Flash-Point by Pensky Martin Closed Cup
  ASTM D968 Resistance of Organic Coatings by Falling Abrasive
  Condition in Container
  DSC - Differential Scannin Calorimetry for transition temperatures & crystalinity
  E1347 Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus (filter) Colorimetry
  E313 Calculating Yellowness and Whiteness Indices from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates
  Failure Analysis
  Failure Analysis
  FTMS 141-2131 Application of Sprayed Film
  NYC 31-E-10 Sec. 3.4.9 Water Resistance
  NYC 31-P-95 Sec. 5.2 Boiling Water Resistance
  Odor of Volatile Solvents and Diluents
  Package 1
  Package 2
  Package 3
  Package 4
  Package 5
  Package 6
  Package 7
  Std Industry Method Fume Resistance
  TGA - Thermal Gravimetric Analylsis (multiple applications)
  TT-E-487 Sec 4.4.11 Water Resistance Floor and Deck
  TT-E-487E Federal Specification Enamel: Floor and Deck (Water Resistance)
  TT-P-19D Sec. 4.3.3 Alkali Resistance, Exterior masonry Latex Paints
  TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.10 Alkali Resistance, Interior latex Paints
  TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.9 Water Resistance, Exterior Latex Paints
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.5 Brushing Properties
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.6 Flexibility
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.7 Self-Lifting
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.9 Water Immersion
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