395 Anchor Rd, Unit 23

Hamilton, ON L8W 0C7

38B Bigwin Rd, Unit 2A

Hamilton, ON L8W 3R4

Adhesion Testing Solutions Canada

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Adhesion Testing Information

Adhesion testing is used to evaluate the adhesion to the substrate, in between coats, and internal film. These are verbalized as adhesive and cohesive and are given a number based on the vertical pressure (PSI) at failure

Tape Adhesion testing

This is the qualitative test of the adhesion coating system. This test will only give allow to ensure there is an adequate bond to the coated substrate. This test does not differentiate between levels of bonding.

Pull-Off Adhesion testing

With the use of a pull-off adhesion tester, we can measure the force required to pull a loading fixture off the surface.

Adhesion Testing

Hire Adhesion Testing Experts in Canada

At The Coating Inspector, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive adhesion testing services to businesses in need of coating inspection. As NACE and AAAMP certified coating inspectors, we specialize in inspecting and protecting industrial and commercial equipment against corrosion. We understand that reliable adhesion is crucial in ensuring the longevity and performance of protective coatings, which is why our team of experts is dedicated to providing the highest quality services in the industry.

When you work with us, you can expect a thorough assessment of your protective coatings. We begin by conducting a detailed visual inspection to identify any signs of coating failure or potential issues. This helps us determine whether the adhesion between the coating and substrate is adequate, or if additional testing is necessary.

One of the primary methods we use for adhesion testing is the pull-off adhesion test. This test involves attaching a small, flat dolly to the surface of the coating and then applying a tensile force using a specialized testing device. The force is gradually increased until the dolly is pulled away from the surface, indicating the adhesion strength of the coating. By measuring the amount of force required to separate the dolly from the surface, we can determine whether the adhesion meets industry standards and client specifications.

Another common method we employ is the cross-cut or cross-hatch test. In this test, we make several cuts through the coating, down to the substrate, in a grid pattern. We then apply a pressure-sensitive tape to the cut area, and upon removal, we assess the degree of coating detachment. This provides valuable insight into the coating’s adhesion performance and helps us identify any areas of concern.

In addition to these standard tests, our experienced inspectors can also recommend and perform other specialized adhesion testing methods, depending on your unique project requirements. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that your protective coatings are adhering properly to the substrate, providing the best possible protection against corrosion and damage.

Throughout the entire adhesion testing process, our team adheres to strict safety protocols and industry standards. We work diligently to minimize any disruption to your business operations while providing you with accurate, reliable results. Our commitment to quality ensures that you receive a comprehensive evaluation of your coating system’s performance.

By partnering with The Coating Inspector for your adhesion testing needs, you are investing in the longevity and integrity of your equipment. Our skilled team, backed by NACE and AAAMP certifications, offers unmatched expertise and a deep understanding of the factors that contribute to successful coating performance. Our meticulous approach to adhesion testing ensures that potential issues are detected and addressed before they become costly problems.

Don’t leave the protection of your valuable assets to chance. Trust the experts at The Coating Inspector to provide you with the accurate, reliable adhesion testing services your business deserves. Contact us to learn more about how we can help safeguard your equipment against corrosion and ensure the lasting performance of your protective coatings.

Our process

our coating inspection process

We have a tried and true methodology for assessing and prevention corrosion through our ISO-standardized and client-customized workflow.



A maintenance survey determines the coating conditions of a surface. Surveys are used to create a maintenance schedule for re-coating and touch-up applications.



The Coating Inspector performs testing for a wide range of coating applications. We test for conformity, compatibility, performance, coat thickness, hardness, adhesion, and finishes.



Once testing has been completed, we provide our detailed recommendations in a report. This ensures that all aspects of the survey are considered and addressed.


Coating Specifications

All jobs are conducted according to industry standards: NACE/AMPP, ISO 9001:2015 and CSA/SSPC in Canada, ASTM and ISO for international clients.


our team

The Coating Inspector works with contractors, owners, and engineers. We are a third party unbiased leader in the provision of professional coating inspection services.


blasting & painting

The Coating Inspector provides supervision and project management in the sandblasting, painting and coatings industry.

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Our Services

Surface inspection company

We check industrial equipment to ensure protective coatings were correctly applied to minimize corrosion risk. Our inspectors go through rigorous training to identify problems in coating applications. They can make recommendations for which types of coatings can best protect the materials from corroding.

Coating inspection company near me

A coatings survey provides a sense of how a coating is currently performing and identifies any problems that need to be addressed immediately. The survey provides the next steps to be undertaken. Surveys are a necessary part of an ongoing maintenance plan and should be performed on a regular basis.

Coating inspection company near me

Formerly called the NACE certification, our AMPP certified inspectors have decades of combined experience. We protect industrial and commercial business assets from corrosion. Invest in hiring one of the top-rated NACE inspectors in the world. Get a free consultation on your business asset protection by contacting us today.

Coating inspection services

To determine the quality of the protective coating our inspector will measure dry film thickness or DFT. Considered one of the most important tests an inspector can make. DFT test serves as a foundation for the entire coating inspection,.

Coating inspection services

We create custom maintenance programs that identify areas to be surveyed, the level of detail required, and manpower that will be required to execute. We determine the data that will be taken and format to be used to ensure consistent judging criteria.

Surface inspection company

The Coating Inspector can conduct a non-destructive High Voltage Holiday Testing to find any voids and failures. This is possible due to electrical charge that flows through protective coating. Invest in hiring one of the top-rated AMPP  inspectors in the world. 

why us

Coating Inspectors in Canada: How to Select the Right One

Do you have existing corrosion, or are looking to prevent costly equipment failure? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to get a consultation.

The Coating Inspector is ISO certified, something few competitors can offer. We also have extensive reviews, decades of combined experience and the most highly trained coating inspectors in the industry.

What is an ISO Certification?

“Certification to ISO 45001 demonstrates an organisations commitment to a safer working environment and the protection of employees against injury at work.

ISO 45001 certified organisations have identified and operate to regulatory requirements through enforcing procedures for compliance with legislation. Improved identification of hazards and risk management, involving all levels of the organisation through setting objectives, targets and documented responsibilities are recognised by regulators as a commitment to safe working conditions and continuous improvement.”

Source: https://www.qas-international….

QAS ISO certifies strict compliance procedures to legislative and standard compliances.

We have been certified in continuous improvement and service to our compliance.

We are commited to impeccable client service & employee safety.


The AMPP (Formerly know as The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)) is a globally recognized certification body to certify and train corrosion engineers.

With over 36,000 members globally, it is the most recognized trade association of corrosion inspectors to ensure industry standards in the coating inspection industry.

Established in 1943, it serves to train corrosion inspectors, enforce industry standards, certify engineers, publish and research corrosion inspection techniques and journals, as well as provide a standardized approach to corrosion inspection and prevention.

NACE “equips society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.”

Every project, business and industrial assets are unique. Depending on the scope of work, location and amount of inspectors or work hours required for your project, the cost can vary. 

However, The Coating Inspector is committed to saving your business time, money and assets. The cost of equipment breakdown, shutdown or repair delays can cost your business far more resources than preventative maintenance, work and inspection.

Call, email or contact us via the form below with a bit more of information about your business. From there we’ll consult with you regarding your unique corrosion prevention requirements. 

From there we’ll provide you a comprehensive quote and scope of work, and then begin working together with you to keep your facility and equipment in top working area.

Primarily all across Canada and globally (depending on the project).