When developing a process, it is often important to know the exact time it takes for a coating to dry or cure.
There are many stages to the coating drying time. Once a coating has been has been applied, the first stage is that the coating levels off under gravity. Once a coating begins to cure, a thin dry film appears on the surface. The coating then continues to dry and finally after a period of time, the coating is totally cured.
But how do you know when a coating is totally dry?
Using an Elcometer Drying Time Recorder, the operator can easily identify each of the stages of the drying process.
A ball tip is placed into the coating and, using the mathematical formula : Distance = Speed x Time; the Elcometer Drying Time Recorder begins to move this ball at a predefined speed. As the coating dries, the trace left in the coating by the ball identifies each stage of the cure.
Please click on the appropriate image or on the heading for more information about each instrument.