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Analysis of Substrates

Examples of this type of analysis include the identification of preservatives in treated timber, the detection of metal pre-treatments and the identification of surface contaminants giving rise to adhesion problems.

 The chemistry and topography of surfaces have a profound influence on the service life of coatings applied to them and for this reason we employ a variety of techniques to investigate surface properties. Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) coupled with attenuated total reflectance (ATR) techniques can provide information on the chemistry of the topmost few microns of a surface. In situations where first few monolayers of a surface are of interest then X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) or secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) may be necessary.

There are situations where a visual representation of the surface is required and here the techniques range in sensitivity from optical microscopy through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to atomic force microscopy (AFM). The latter technique is capable of mapping the topography of a surface virtually down to the atomic level.

None of the above techniques are applicable if you need to assess the state of blast cleaned steel prior to painting. We can supply you with test papers that will enable you to carry out a simple, rapid, on-site test for the soluble iron salts that, unless removed, will be the starting point for under-film corrosion.

Coatings News

Press Release Nov 17

9th November 2017

PRA granted UKAS accreditation

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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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Coatings Events

CEPE Annual Conference + General Assembly 2018

26th September 2018 - 28th September 2018
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Woodcoatings Congress 2018

23rd October 2018 - 24th October 2018
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