Why Measure Gloss?
We carry quality portable digital gloss meters for your inspection and testing requirements.
Many industries measure gloss to ensure the quality of their products. It has been shown that the gloss level of a product has as much psychological impact on a consumer as its color. Many products are designed with combinations of high gloss and matt finishes, maximizing their customer appeal.
How to select the right gloss meter?
The 60º angle (universal angle) gloss meter will measure matte to mirror finishes on flat surfaces of most materials such as polished stone, tile, plastic, wood, metal, including painted or coated surfaces.
The gloss meters will display measurement results in gloss units (GU) with a measurement scale referenced to a high polished black glass standard with a specular reflectance value of 100 GU and perfect matte value of 0 GU. Many non-metallic coatings and materials such as paint and plastics can be measured within this gloss range while high reflective materials such as metal and mirrors can have values up to 2000 GU.
While using the 60º angle gloss meter, the scale shown below can be used to determine the estimated Gloss Unit (GU) range to be expected and recommendations for improvements.
|Gloss Range||Gloss Unit (GU) 60° Angle||Recommendation|
|High Gloss||Above 70 GU||Use 20° angle for improved measurement results*|
|Medium/ Semi-gloss||10 to 70 GU||Continue to use 60° angle|
|Low/ Matte Gloss||Below 10 GU||Use 85° angle for improved measurement results*|
*Dual angle and triple angle models are available
Gloss meters are available with internal data storage and quality control software to assist in reporting results or quickly identify non-conforming material that does not meet programmed acceptance criteria.
If you need assistance selecting a product for your application please contact us at toll free 1.866.363.6634 or use the contact us feature at the top of the page.
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