IRFAQ - Institute of Formulation, Analysis and Quality Control Research

Paints and varnishes

The Paints and Varnishes Division at IRFAQ places its expert knowledge and specialized equipment at your service. Many players in this sector call on IRFAQ’s know-how to perform tests and develop specific formulations such as:

Tests on paints and varnishes:

  • Determination of complete drying time (ASTM 5895)
  • Determination of through-dry state and through-dry time (NF EN ISO 9117-1:2009)
  • Adhesion test on specific supports in accordance with the cross-cut tests (PR NF EN ISO 2409:2010)
  • Sag resistance test (ASTM D 4400)
  • Comparison of contrast ratio (hiding power) of paint (NF EN ISO 2814:2006)
  • Determination of spreading rate (NF T30-073:1989)
  • Rapid deformation (impact resistance) test (NF EN ISO 6272-2:2002)
  • Wet scrub resistance assessment and cleanability of coating (EN ISO 11998:2006)
  • Determination of formaldehyde in indoor air (ISO 16000-3)
  • In cooperation with partners:
    Determination of VOC emissions (ISO 16000-9) – test chamber method (in accordance with order of May 13, 2011)


Paints :
All types including special formulations:

  • Low VOC paints
  • Paints for temporary road markings
  • Photo-luminescent paints (various colors): general safety, night-time visibility
  • Photo-reflecting paints: for road safety use           
  • Inks and paints with chemical marker or reagent to guarantee origin of marking (guarantee of origin)     

Inks :
  • Cosmetic inks (ephemeral tattoo)
  • Marker inks        

Photo-luminescent varnishes, chalks and textile inks: safety, nautical marker,…

High performance eco-friendly special solvents for tags and graffiti removal, etc. on many different substrates (road signs, concrete façades, metal supports…)


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