When applying a liquid coating, by measuring the uncured film thickness, it is possible to determine the eventual dry film thickness. Applying too much coating wastes time and materials. It can also affect the performance and finish of the product. Too much wet film can cause the coating to crack as it cures; too little coating increases the risk that the substrate will not be sufficiently protected, leading to rust spots.
When applying a powder coating, by measuring the uncured film thickness, it is possible to predict the eventual dry film thickness.
Powder coating is an efficient system producing a high quality finish with minimal waste – where excess or over-sprayed powder may be recycled and reused.
For more information, see the Elcometer Guide to Wet Film Thickness.