A small laboratory set up is required for any paint shop floor. By testing the liquid paints one can reduce rejections to the maximum level.
A table with granite top is ideal for paint testing.
Glass plates are need for testing the flow of any liquid paint.
Set of graduated glass beakers
Palette knives for opening and mixing liquid paints. Make sure that they are made of stainless steel.
One can also use polypropylene measuring cups. Make sure the solvent does not affect the cup.
Hydrometer to mesure specific gravity of paints and thinners
Viscosity measuring Ford cup B4
Whatman filter paper
A stop clock
Graduated polypropylene mugs
Laboratory hot air oven
Glass test tubes
Universal pH paper indicator
Testing panels 6″ x 3″ x 0.5 mm -1mm
Wet film thickness gauge
Elcometer (dry film thickness gauge)
Conical mandrel for bend test
Impact resistance tester
Magnifying lens to check surface defects of coatings
Specific gravity cups
Paint opacity checking card
Cross hatch cellotape
Cross hatch cutting tool
Pencil hardness tester
Paint resistivity meter