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Surface coating testing from SGS – ensure your coating systems provide the performance you need.

When selecting a coating system to protect steel or concrete surfaces, you need to ensure that it will perform well over time in any given environment. Making the wrong decision can mean coating failures with costs that far outweigh your initial coating outlay, due to the complexity of repairs and the downtime needed to make corrections. Our surface coating testing can help you avoid failures by making the right choice.

Why choose surface coating testing services SGS?

We can help you:

  • Analyze coating systems prior to their application with independent laboratory surface coating testing
  • Make logical decisions during the initial project stage with expert technical support, practical recommendations and projective solutions 
  • Predict how coatings are going to perform and withstand the elements with accurate tests and data – wherever the location, whatever the structure, whatever the surface

Trusted Surface Coating Testing From a World Leader

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, we offer you unrivaled experience, expertise and resources. Our unique global reach enables us to provide you with surface coating testing anywhere in the world.

We can accurately determine how a range of factors can affect the durability of your coatings on concrete and steel, and other surfaces. We can also customize our testing procedures to account for various element conditions, such as dust, wind, marine locations, mold, corrosion and extreme heat.

Our surface coating testing for concrete and masonry includes:

  • Concrete coatings evaluation
  • Carbon dioxide and oxygen diffusion
  • Water vapor transmission
  • Chloride ion diffusion
  • Accelerated weathering
  • Chemical/acid
  • Alkali resistance
  • Adhesion
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Scratch resistance
  • Impact resistance
  • Crack bridging

Our surface coating testing for steel includes:

  • Steel coatings evaluation
  • Salt spray and immersion resistance
  • Resistance to undercutting
  • Accelerated weathering
  • Adhesion
  • Impact and scratch resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Cathodic disbondment
  • Reinforcement corrosion resistance

Our surface coating testing for coatings includes:

  • Pull-off tests
  • Knife tests
  • Elasticity
  • Gas permeability
  • Accelerated weathering
  • Anti-carbonization properties

To discuss how we can help you ensure the reliability of coating systems, contact us today.

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Via Caldera, 21,


Milan, Lombardy, Italy