Coating Analysis

Coating Analysis

A variety of materials are coated with enamels, paints, or metallic layers for many reasons such as enhanced aesthetic appeal, to improve surface hardness, or to prevent corrosion. Our team has the education and experience necessary to determine the nature of your coating and plating deficiences. Deficiencies can include improper thicknesses, poor adhesion, and inhomogeneous application.

Photographs of flame retardant MMT-graphene coating

Approaches for Coating Analysis

The analysis will vary depending on the type of coating or plating problem.

  • If the coating or plating is uneven or not the correct thickness, usually microscopy analysis of sample cross-sections can quantify the coating dimensions and variance.
  • If the coating or plating is not properly adhering to the substrate, then chemical analysis is combined with microscopy analysis to determine if anything is inhibiting the surface adhesion.
  • If the coating or plating is failing prematurely in service, more information will be acquired regarding the service conditions and the analysis will be similar to a material failure investigation.

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