Coatings R&D and Testing Laboratory

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Independent Testing and R&D Laboratory for Coatings Industry
Testing of paints and coatings in accordance with standardized methods
Raw materials development
Formulations R&D

Our Activity

  • New ideas of coatings

    New ideas of coatings

    We’re working on changes. We invite you at the end of March.

  • Raw materials R&D

    Raw materials R&D

    We conduct application research of raw materials to determine:

    • the use of new raw materials for the individual paint parameters and coatings
    • effective doses
    • applies to the preparation of starter recipes

    We carry out research in various areas, from basic to advanced.

    In the area of raw materials, which we deal with on a daily basis are polymer dispersions, fillers, pigments, additives, coalescents and others.

    We prepare samples in the laboratory, we examine them according to international research methods, we prepare extensive test reports with applications, photos, etc.

    Ask us for details. We prepare each offer individually tailored to the client’s needs.

  • Laboratory testing

    Laboratory testing

    Laboratory tests performed in our laboratory are conducted on the basis of international standards and on world-class research equipment.

    Our research laboratory is a modern laboratory in which tests are performed: accelerated weathering (in specialized chambers), physico-mechanical, optical (color, opacity, gloss), rheological, resistance to liquids, as well as the basic properties of liquid paints and varnishes.

    The laboratory has implemented the ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 quality management system and is in the process of accrediting more than 120 testing methods. Tests are carried out on calibrated measuring instruments according to ISO, ASTM, BS, DIN and UNI standards as well as their own test procedures.

    We guarantee independence of tests, confidentiality of data and transferred samples. We perform tests on samples prepared in our laboratory (from raw materials and recipes according to findings) or on samples provided by the client (liquid and coatings).

    We carry out tests for clients in Poland and around the world. The results are expressed in metric and imperial units, and the reports are presented in Polish and English.

  • Education R&D and QC departaments

    Education R&D and QC departaments

    We organize training and workshops for R&D departments (research and development) and QC (quality control) of the dispersion paint and varnish industry in the field of formulating recipes, performing paint and varnish tests as well as coatings in accordance with the methodology of international research standards.

    We conduct trainings as theoretical courses with elements of practical presentations, as well as in the form of workshops in the laboratory – depending on the subject. Together with the training participants, we prepare samples, apply and conduct assessments in accordance with the appropriate research methods (in the chambers for accelerated aging, physico-mechanical studies, rheology, coverage and many others).

    We teach how to choose raw materials, use their potential in formulas, efficiently introduce modifications and choose the optimal raw materials in terms of price and quality.

    We have a standard training program, as well as organize workshops and trainings developed for the client’s needs. Training takes place at the Spektrochem headquarters or at the client’s premises (depending on the scope, subject matter and arrangements).

    We also take part in various conferences organized in Europe, present our research results, educating the technological staff of paint and varnish manufacturers from around the world.

    We are also the organizer of our own technology conference – Spektrochem Seminar, which takes place once a year in November in Silesia. This conference is based in 100% on the results of application tests carried out in our laboratory.

  • Paints and coatings business

    Paints and coatings business

    We’re working on changes. We invite you at the end of March.

  • Trainings calendar

    Trainings calendar

    We’re working on changes. We invite you at the end of March.

New ideas of coatings

We’re working on changes. We invite you at the end of March.

Testing Service

  • Liquid properties
    Liquid properties
    Liquid properties

    Liquid properties

    Testing paints before application. Basic testing of liquid properties.



    ISO 2811-1

    ASTM D1475

    BS 3900-A19

    DIN 53217

    Fineness of grind

    ISO 1524

    ASTM D1210



    Flash point

    ISO 3679

    ASTM D3278

    BS 2000-523


    Freeze-thaw resistance

    ISO 1147

    ASTM D2243




    ISO 3251

    ISO 3233

    ASTM D1644

    ASTM D2832

    BS 3900-B18

    BS 3900-A10



    ISO 976

    ASTM E70



    Sample evaluation

    ISO 1513




    Package stability


    ASTM D1849





    ASTM D869

    ASTM D1309



    Oil absorption

    ISO 787-5

    ASTM D281

    ASTM D1483



    Coarse particles


    ASTM D185



  • Weathering


    Accelerated weathering in xenon-arc and UV-radiation chambers, temperature change resistance and other aging tests.


    Exposure systems for wood

    EN 927-6




    Xenon-arc chamber exposure

    ISO 16474-2

    ISO 4892-2

    ASTM D6695



    UV chamber exposure

    ISO 16474-3

    ISO 4892-3

    ASTM D4587

    BS 3900-F16


    Temperature change resistance


    ASTM D1211





    ASTM D5722



    Conditioning before testing

    EN 1062-11




    Efflorescence resistance


    ASTM D7072



    Evaluation after accelerated weathering and other aging tests

    ISO 4628

    ASTM D610

    ASTM D660

    ASTM D661

    ASTM D662

    ASTM D714

    ASTM D772

    ASTM D4214



  • Color, gloss, opacity
    Color, gloss, opacity
    Color, gloss, opacity

    Color, gloss, opacity

    Color, color difference, opacity, gloss and other optical properties of coatings.


    Color, color different, color coordinates

    ISO 11664

    ISO 7724

    ASTM D2244

    BS 3900



    Specular gloss

    ISO 2813

    ASTM D523

    ASTM D3928

    BS 3900-D5


    DIN 67530



    ASTM D4039




    Whiteness and yellowness


    ASTM E313





    ISO 6504-1

    ISO 6504-3

    ASTM D344

    ASTM D2805






    ASTM D3258




    Dirt pick-up index




    UNI 10792


    Color development


    ASTM D5326




  • Physico-mechanical


    Mechanical and physical testing of coatings


    Surface drying time

    ISO 9117-3


    BS 3900-C2


    Drying time – recorder

    ISO 9117-4

    ASTM D5895



    Drying time

    – Bandow-Wolff test

    ISO 9117-5


    BS 3900-C3



    ISO 2115

    ASTM D2354



    Low temperature coalescence


    ASTM D3793



    Coatings thickeness

    ISO 2808

    ASTM D4138

    ASTM D6132

    ASTM 4414

    BS 3900-C5


    Pendulum damping time

    ISO 1522

    ASTM D4366

    BS 3900-E5


    Pencil hardness

    ISO 15184

    ASTM D3363

    BS 3900-E19


    Scratch resistance

    ISO 1518-1


    BS 3900-E2



    ISO 1519

    ISO 6860

    ASTM D522

    BS 3900-E1

    BS 3900-E11


    Adhesion – cross cut

    ISO 2409

    ASTM D3359



    Adhesion – pull-off

    ISO 4624

    ASTM D4541



    Impact resistance

    ISO 6272-1

    ASTM D2794

    BS 3900-E13


    Wet adhesion to old alkyd coatings


    ASTM D6900



    Wet-scrub resistance

    ISO 11998

    ASTM D2486

    ASTM D4213


    DIN 53778-2



    ASTM D3450



    Burnish resistance


    ASTM D6736



    Water-vapor permeability

    ISO 7783

    ASTM D1653



    Water permeability

    EN 1062-3




    Blocking properties


    ASTM D2064

    ASTM D4946



    Abrasion restance


    ASTM D968



    Open time


    ASTM D7488



    Coatings preparation


    ASTM D823



  • Rheological


    Viscosity, flow time and other rheology properties.


    Viscosity (Brookfield)

    ISO 2555

    ASTM D2196



    Viscosity (Stormer KU)


    ASTM D562



    Dynamic viscosity

    ISO 3219




    Flow time

    ISO 2431

    ASTM D1200

    BS 3900-A6

    DIN 53211

    Sag resistance


    ASTM D4400





    ASTM D4062



    Spatter resistance


    ASTM D4707



  • Resistance to liquids
    Resistance to liquids
    Resistance to liquids

    Resistance to liquids

    Resistance to water and other liquids according to international standards


    Resistance to water

    ISO 2812-2

    ASTM D870



    Resistance to liquids

    ISO 2812-1




    Resistance to liquids

    – method using an absorbent medium

    ISO 2812-3




    Resistance to liquids

    – spotting methods

    ISO 2812-4




    Resistance to solvents and detergents


    ASTM D2248

    ASTM D2792

    ASTM D5402



    Resistance to household chemicals


    ASTM D1308



    Efficiency of chemical removers


    ASTM D6189



    Leaching resistance


    ASTM D7190



  • Plaster testing
    Plaster testing
    Plaster testing

    Plaster testing

    We’re working on changes. We invite you at the end of March.

  • Conformity assessment
    Conformity assessment
    Conformity assessment

    Conformity assessment

    We also conduct comprehensive assessment of compliance with the requirements of standards. We carry out tests according to standards PN (Polish), European (PN-EN), American guides (ASTM), Federal Specifications and German (DIN).


    Interior latex paints



    ASTM D3730

    ASTM D5324


    DIN 53778-1

    Exterior latex paints



    ASTM D5324



    Primer coatings






    Top coats, enamels






    Wood stains



    ASTM D6763



    Plasters based on organic binder


    PN-EN 15824




    Wood varnishes     ASTM D154    
    Wood paints



    ASTM D2336



    Paints applied on plastics



    ASTM D3002



    Solvent-borne architectural paints



    ASTM D5146



    Others standard







  • Raw materials application tests
    Raw materials application tests
    Raw materials application tests

    Raw materials application tests

    We test raw materials for their evaluation of how they work in the formulas of various coating products.

    We study polymer dispersions, fillers, pigments (also pigment pastes), additives (thickeners, dispersants, defoamers, matting agents and many others), coalescents, and others.

    We prepare formulas, laboratory samples on a small scale, and then, according to a set research program, we perform tests to compare with other raw materials, find an effective dose or case studies – how a given raw material works in a given recipe.

    We study the impact of raw materials on the formation of coatings, we carry out evaluations according to standardized ISO, ASTM, BS, UNI and DIN test methods (see applied research methods in the Testing Service section)

    We have a modern research laboratory with calibrated measuring equipment (the laboratory is in the process of accreditation). Each measuring instrument is regularly calibrated and calibrated by specialist calibration laboratories.

    We conduct research based on research methods that allow us to assess the actual impact of the raw material on the performance properties of paints and varnishes in liquid form as well as after applying them to the substrate.

    We investigate the impact of used raw materials on the degradation of coatings (accelerated weathering), we develop formulas adapted to the realities of the Polish and European market, we provide advice on the transfer of application research results to recipes used in production.

    We prepare the results in the form of extensive test reports containing photographs, charts and tables with test results. We can present the results of research at various conferences around the world, including the technology conferences organized by us at the Spektrochem Seminar.

    Download a sample presentation of the results of coalescing application research in wood systems

    Presentation of PRA’s 11th International Woodcoatings Congress (23-24 October 2018) / Amsterdam.

    Each time the test program and scope of tests and formulations are agreed with the client.

    Contact us for more information!

About Us

SPEKTROCHEM is an independent international R&D and testing laboratory that offers innovative solutions, laboratory tests and training for the coatings industry.

We have over 15 years of experience in formulation service, conducting laboratory research, testing, production and education of R&D departments in Poland and abroad. Our team consists of qualified research and commercial staff, our modern laboratory is fully equipped with equipment for testing paints, plasters and coatings.

We have implemented a quality management system ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for the entire process of sample paint preparation for testing, laboratory tests, customer service and reporting of our work results. We are in the accreditation process over 120 international testing methods.

We are an organizational member of ASTM International and Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN).

Our experience serves the development of paint business in Europe and the world. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer.



Paints, Adhesives and Polymers R&D Centre SPEKTROCHEM

15 Dabrowskiej Str.

39-400 Tarnobrzeg, Poland

Tel. +48 15 822 45 22

Customer Service – ext. 10 (English, Italian)

Laboratory – ext. 12 (English)

9:00am – 4:00pm (Mon-Thu.)

and 9:00am – 2:00pm (Fri.)

Write to Us

ul. Dąbrowskiej 15, 39-400 Tarnobrzeg


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