Scratch and abrasion resistance tests
These tests enable us to measure the hardness of the coating or substrate and to determine the resistance of these materials to wear. This information is used to determine the shelf life of parts, identify any changes in optical properties after the scratch tests and calculate the protective capacity of the coating.
Depending on the material to be tested and/or the type of product, the most suitable test is selected to evaluate the material’s resistance or hardness.
In the construction industry, tests can be found in different standards, such as UNE-EN 438 on high-pressure decorative laminates (HPL) and UNE-EN 14688 on sanitary appliances.
For paints and varnishes, scratch resistance can be measured using the method described in UNE-EN ISO 1518-1.
For the automotive industry, different devices can be used to assess scratch and abrasion resistance, such as:
How we do it
AIMPLAS has the manual and automatic equipment required to comply with the most common regulations in the construction and automotive industries.
Our experts also have extensive experience, which enables them to perform tests that require the highest level of qualification due to the techniques and methods applied.
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