Detecting Pinholes and Porosity

Premature corrosion of a substrate is usually due to a coating failure. A common cause is the presence of flaws in the finished coating. Collectively referred to as porosity, the main types of flaws are: Runs & Sags, Cissing, Cratering, Pinholes, Over Coating and Under Coating.

Types of Flaws

When a coating is applied to a surface, a number of problems can occur which can cause problems later on in the life of the coating.

Flaw Detection Methods

There are essentially three flaw detection methods; UV Pinhole Detection, Wet Sponge and High Voltage.

Calculating the Required Voltage

For effective testing, the output voltage must lie between certain upper and lower limits.

Problem Surfaces

If the displayed voltage drops or the alarm sounds continuously, then the coating may be conductive.

Pulsed DC Holiday Detection

Pulsed DC can be used to test for holidays over slightly conductive coatings, dirty or damp surfaces.

High Voltage Detector Accessories

There are a wide range of probes available to suit all applications and substrates being measured.