Materials & Corrosion Expertise for Paints and Coatings

Paints & Coatings

Better understand quality, durability, and compliance standards

Exponent delivers multidisciplinary expertise on everything from formulation to performance of paints, powder coatings, functional coatings, and thin film technologies.

How does Exponent's multidisciplinary approach help improve the long-term performance of paints and coatings?

Paints and coatings require the right formulation, adhesion, and physical properties to meet quality, durability, and regulatory compliance standards. Whether for industrial, architectural, automotive, semiconductor, optical, or medical applications, Exponent's multidisciplinary teams provide rigorous science and evidence-backed answers for a range of paints and coatings challenges.

Our quantitative approach supports decisions regarding use of coatings in a variety of applications, from nanometer-scale thin films to paints and protective coatings hundreds of microns thick. Our industry experience combined with our background in organic and inorganic materials and manufacturing processes makes us uniquely qualified to provide expertise in surface characterization, materials science, chemistry, mechanics, and process knowledge.

Exponent performs laboratory tests based on industry standards, including ASTM International, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance, and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, to investigate paint and coating failures. We also use various analytical methods, such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to evaluate coating quality and the long-term performance of coatings in corrosive environments. 

Consulting and compliance expertise.

We deliver support on regulatory compliance with surface coating Reasonably Available Control Technology, Best Available Control Technology, and the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations. In addition, we frequently compile pollution prevention strategies and make recommendations to reduce hazardous waste.

Thin films.

We assist clients across industries in solving difficult problems related to device and thin-film failures. Exponent's engineers apply a fundamental understanding of materials and processes to address concerns related to environmental degradation, adhesion, residual or applied stresses, fracture toughness, fatigue, and other challenges related to the successful integration and reliability of the device.

Coatings for medical devices.

Protective and functional coatings are increasingly incorporated into medical devices where they can provide benefits such as biocompatibility, passivation, and drug delivery. Our scientists and engineers can assist with materials selection, accelerated testing, characterization, failure analysis, and intellectual property analysis.

Our Capabilities Are Unparalleled

With expertise in over 90 disciplines and hundreds of capabilities, tools, and methodologies — we get to the root of even the most complex challenges and give you the objective answers you need.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.