Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit

Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit

Product Description

The Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit, provides a quick and easy method of measuring surface contaminants. It comes supplied with test strips to measure:

  • pH
  • Iron (ferrous ion)
  • Chloride
  • Salt

Measuring the level of contaminants on a surface prior to application of the coating is essential to ensure the quality of the coating, and that its optimum lifetime is achieved. If the coating is applied to a contaminated surface, which is not properly prepared, it could fail prematurely resulting in costly re-coating and high maintenance costs.

By using the Elcometer 135A Bresle Sampler and various test strips supplied, the Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit provides a low cost, simple method of measuring the salt, pH, chloride and iron (ferrous ion) concentration on a test surface in accordance with ISO 8502-6.

Chloride Test Strips
Chloride ions on a steel surface increase the probability that corrosion of the steel will take place even if a protective coating is applied. Chloride ions trapped under a coating in the presence of steel and moisture will form a corrosion cell. This corrosion process will result in premature failure of the protective coating and may cause blistering of coatings in immersion service.

The chloride test strips will indicate the concentration of chloride ions in the sample solution and if the area of sample collection and the volume of water is known the concentration can be measured in parts per million or micrograms per millilitre.

Iron Test Strips
Ferrous ions are an indicator of the corrosion of steel as they are formed when the iron oxidises as a result of a corrosion cell formed between the steel and oxygen in the presence of water. The ferrous ion test strips will also indicate the concentration of ferrous ions in a sample solution in the same way as the chloride strips.

pH Test Strips
These strips will determine if a solution or surface is acid or alkaline in nature. Acids form when certain gases are dissolved in water, for example chlorine in water produces hydrochloric acid, carbon dioxide in water produces carbonic acid, sulphur dioxide in water produces sulphuric acid all of which are corrosive to steel.

The presence of these contaminants can either be detected in a solution washed from the surface or by putting a wet ph Test Strip on to the dry surface. pH does not measure the concentration but it does indicate how acidic or alkaline the surface is. Alkaline surfaces are normally associated with either concrete surfaces that are to be coated or steel re-enforcement bars buried in concrete.


  • Portable, supplied in a convenient lightweight, plastic carry case.
  • Low cost & simple method of measuring surface contaminants
  • All items can be re-ordered and replenished as and when required


Kit Contents
E135—-A Elcometer 135C Bresle Test Patch (Box of 50)
T13818517 3 x 5ml Syringes
T13818518 3 x Needles
T13818519 Plastic Beaker, 30ml
T99911344 Pure Water, 250ml
T13820562 100 x pH Test Strips
T13820563 100 x Iron Test Strips
T13820564 40 x Chloride Test Strips
Transit Case & User Guide




Part Number Description
E138—-2 Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit
Measuring Range pH:  0pH to 14pH
Iron: 3,10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500mg/l Fe²
Chloride: 30-600µg/cm² (30ppm) Cl to 600µg/cm² (600ppm) Cl
Dimensions 300 x 220 x 75mm
Weight 2.1kg


Data Sheet



The Elcometer 138/2 Surface Contamination Kit can be used in accordance with:

  • AS 3894.6-A
  • AS 3894.6-D
  • SSPC Guide 15

Instruction Manual