Development of a Portable Test Kit for Field-Screening Paints
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
Pagination or Media Count:
Facility engineers currently have no easy way of establishing if a paint coating is of suitable quality for satisfactory application and performance. As a result, most of the paint used is not tested for specification compliance, which can lead to premature coating failure. This research was undertaken to develop a simple, portable test kit that field personnel can use to check the basic qualities of oil-based and latex paints. The kit enables 14 properties such as drying time, hiding power, appearance, gloss, adhesion, and cleanability to be tested in the field. It is to be used as an initial screening device, so that only paints which do not appear to be equal to a standard need to be sent to a laboratory for more sophisticated testing. The kits ease of use should encourage more testing prior to application, as well as avoiding the time and expense required for laboratory testing. Development of the kit is described, and instructions for its use are provided. Keywords Field tests Test equipment.
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods