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Polymers, Plastics, Paints & Coatings Testing

Polymers, Plastics, Paints & Coatings     
Contact: John Passero
1-800-220-3675 ext. 3604

EMSL Analytical, Inc., 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. EMSL 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 EMSL include: 

  • Is our supplier giving us the right paint?
  • Does the paint in our home contain dangerous pigments?
  • Why is 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 than the last batch?
  • 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.

EMSL’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 ( click for details )
Advanced polymer ID (bulk, filler, plasticizer ID)
Apparent Bending Modulus of Plastics by Means of a Cantilever Beam
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 Organic Plastics
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 Fatigue in Compression
ASTM D624 Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
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 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
Basic polymer ID (bulk ID)
Batch to batch comparison
Coefficient of Friction (Films) - D1894
Compressive properties of Rigid Plastics - D695
Condition in Container
Contaminate ID
Deformulation/reverse engineering
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) for % Crystallinity - D3418
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Fluoropolymers - D4591
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Polymers - D3418
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Sintering of Fluoropolymers - D4591
Drop impact resistance
DSC - Differential Scannin Calorimetry for transition temperatures & crystalinity
Durometer Hardness - D2240
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
Failure Analysis
Filler Content by TGA - D5630
Flexural Properties of Plastics - D790
Flexure (3 or 4 point, etc.)
FT-IR Analysis - E1252
FTMS 141-2131 Application of Sprayed Film
GC (FID, MS, Pyrolysis)
Gel Permeation Chromatography - D5296
Hardness (Rockwell, Knoop, Vickers, etc.)
Help finding polymer vendors
Impact resistance (Izod/Charpy)
Melt Flow Rate by extrusion Plastometer
Melting point
Moisture in Plastics by Karl Fischer - D6869
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
Sofenting point
Specific Gravity - D792
Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) - D3418
Std Industry Method Fume Resistance
Tensile Properties - D638
Tensile Properties (Yarns) - D2256
Tensile Properties of Thin Sheeting - D882
TGA - Thermal Gravimetric Analylsis (multiple applications)
Thermal Stability by TGA - E1131
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) - E1131
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) w/ SDTA Curves - E1131
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
Unknown ID
UV/Vis Light Permeability
Vicat Softening Temperature
X-Ray Dispersive Analysis
Laboratories providing Polymers, Plastics, Paints and Coatings ( click for details )
Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0New York, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0Salem, NH (LAB 23) - NVLAP Lab Code 201051-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0
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