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Failure Analysis Services for Coatings & Paints

A paint or coatings product failure may include problems with:

  • Adhesion
  • Corrosion
  • Discoloration or stains appearing
  • Contamination
  • Surface defects
  • Bubbles or blisters
  • Powdering or flaking/chalking
  • Cracking or crazing
  • Premature fading
  • Peeling or delamination

As an independent laboratory, CHEMIR provides a second opinion for determining root cause and responsibility. Was the product applied correctly? Could there be an issue with the chemistry of the coating?

Each coating failure is unique and requires its own set of analytical methods and solutions. A comparison analysis is often performed between the failed sample and a control sample to evaluate any chemical changes

A coatings failure investigation may include:

  • Analysis of the coating composition
  • Characterization of the substrate
  • A set of physical testing techniques

We apply a variety of analytical and physical testing techniques to a coatings failure, including optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (SEM/EDS), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), and proprietary wet chemical methods. 

We offer recommendations for prevention of future product failures and when needed, our Ph.D. chemists are experienced in providing litigation support and expert opinions in deposition and trials. (see Litigation Support).