Coatings Research and Development

GatorHyde’s Innovative Product Development is backed by
Extensive Research and Qualification

GatorHyde’s successful product line has been the result exhaustive research and product development and qualification. Each product takes months or years to formulate, and will see dozens of iterations of formula improvements before undergoing extensive long term testing and qualification. This singular focus on developing the best products on the market has allowed GatorHyde to cultivate a trusting partnership with each of our customers.

GatorHyde employs a team of degreed chemists with many years experience in their field. Our team works every day to continue to improve upon our existing product line, while gaining new insight on breakthrough new products for the marketplace.

GatorHyde’s Lab Testing

The Instron allows for the precise measurement of properties such as tensile strength, tear strength, elongation and flexural modulus. It allows for unbiased comparisons of products and is an invaluable formulation tool.

UV Cabinet

The QUV Accelerated Weathering Cabinet allows GatorHyde to ensure that its products will not yellow, fade, or chalk after prolonged exposure to sunlight. You will find that all GatorHyde products perform better in this respect than the average spray-applied system.

Polyurea Hardness

A lab technician is checking the hardness of the polyurea coating using a durometer gauge. All materials are tested repeatedly to verify the actual Shore A or Shore D hardness before being published in a technical data sheet.

Chemical Resistance

Chemical resistance tests are being conducted on GatorHyde products, using various aggressive chemicals. To determine if the sample is affected in terms of weight gain or swelling, weight and size is measured before and after the test cycle.

Chemical Marbling

After blending, material is tested to make sure that no pigment settling is occuring. Marbling is an issue and denotes that pigment is not going into the solution. If this occurs, additives must be used in order to correct the problem.

Viscosity Test

Testing for the viscosity of a material using the Viscometer tells the chemist what must be adjusted in the formulation so that the thickness of each component is as similar as possible. The closer the viscosity of the A-side to the B-side, the easier the material is to spray.

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