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Independent testing

Introduction

Our UK based laboratory conducts a wide range of BS, ISO, ASTM and DIN tests. A list of all the tests is available:

Test Methods

The test methods described on this page can be classified into two categories:-

  • Tests carried out on coatings after they are applied to a substrate
    • Mechanical Properties
    • Colour and Optical Properties
    • Durability
    • Corrosion Resistance
  • Tests carried out on coatings before they are applied to a substrate
  • Paint Performance Testing

If you wish us to test architectural coatings, please visit our Paint Performance Testing page. Here you will find suites of tests for the different classes of coatings used on buildings.

One area where we have particular expertise is the evaluation of raw materials used in paint or resin manufacture. We normally incorporate the raw material into an appropriate paint or resin and then test the product. A similar product, made using a conventional raw material, serves as a control. Test work of this nature is of particular interest to those who wish to establish whether the surface coatings industry could present a potential marketing opportunity. Details of our services can be found on our Formulation Advice page.

Evaluating surface coatings for their resistance to microbial attack forms an important part of our work and we have particular experience in testing coatings for resistance to in-can spoilage and fungal or algal growth on applied coatings.

Our equipment includes:-

  • Controlled Atmosphere Rooms and Chambers
  • Accelerated Weathering Equipment
  • Exterior Exposure Sites
  • Exposure Test Cabinets
  • Viscometers
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  • Equipment to measure:
    • Abrasion Resistance
    • Adhesion
    • Cracking
    • Film Thickness
    • Hardness
    • Impact Resistance
    • Scrub Resistance
    • Water Permeability

 

Please Note: Following a review of our Marketing & Communications policy we as an independent association, do not issue reports containing the names of coatings unless they are made or marketed by the client. It is our policy not to allow our name or logos to be used in association with any advertising or promotional materials.

Coatings News

Irfab releases first Global Industrial Coatings Market study module - Protective

23rd January 2017

PRA Irfab have released the first module of the new Global Industrial Coatings Market study, Protective.

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Woodcoatings Congress Proceedings

11th January 2017

Did you miss PRA’s 10th International Woodcoatings Congress? You can now buy a copy of the full proceedings and papers from the European Coatings Website!

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Christmas Shutdown

21st December 2016

We will be closed between Saturday 24th December 2016 and Monday 2nd January 2017.

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PRA Newsletter

7th December 2016

Click on the link to view PRA's new quarterly Newsletter

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PRA Press Release November 2016

30th November 2016

Notice of Management Buyout of PRA from Pera Technology Solutions

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Welcome to new Member Olin Epoxy!

21st October 2016

Welcome to our newest member - Olin Epoxy!

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Welcome to M&K Ghana

28th September 2016

PRA are pleased to welcome M&K Ghana to membership.

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Welcome to our new Member Synthomer

14th September 2016

Welcome back to PRA Synthomer!

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Welcome Dupre Minerals to PRA

28th July 2016

PRA is delighted to welcome another new member to the PRA - Dupre Minerals

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Autumn/Winter Training Courses Announced

22nd July 2016

PRA is delighted to preview its Autumn/Winter Training Courses for 2016.

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