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Mar Resistance Tester

Category: Coating Inspection, Hardness Testers

Caltech India offers BGD 536 Mar Resistance Tester that is produced as per the newest international standard ISO 12137-2011, ASTM D2197 and ASTM D5178. It can offer from 100g to 5,000g load to test panel.

What is “Mar”: blemish on the surface of a coating, extending over a particular area of the coating and visible due to the difference in the light-reflection properties of the area affected compared with the light-reflection properties of adjacent areas.

Mar resistance test for coatings is very similar with scratch resistance test, but this test uses arc (loop-shaped or ring-shaped) stylus to test the mar resistance of a single coating of a paint, varnish or related product, or the upper layer of a multi-coat system.

The product or system under test is applied at uniform thickness to flat panels of uniform surface texture. After drying/curing, the mar resistance is determined by pushing the panels beneath a curved (loop-shaped or ring-shaped) stylus which is mounted so that it presses down on the surface of the test panel at an angle of 45°. The load on the test panel is increased in steps until the coating is marred.

This test has been found to be useful in comparing the mar resistance of different coatings. It is most useful in providing relative ratings for a series of coated panels exhibiting significant differences in mar resistance. Kindly note this test does not specify a method using a pointed stylus, two of which are specified in ISO 1518-1 and ISO 1518-2, respectively. The choice between the three methods will depend on the particular practical problem.


  • Working speed can be adjusted from 0 mm/s~10 mm/s
  • Double adjusting balance device to reduce the test error because of level.
  • Moveable working table is convenient for operator do more tests at different areas in the same test panel.
  • Liftable balance arm can do mar test on the different thickness panels from 0mm~12mm

Main Technical Parameters:

BGD 536Mar Resistance Tester
Motor Power60W
Weights1 x 100g; 2 x 200g; 1 x 500g; 2 x 1000g; 1 x 2000g
Loop Shaped StylusMade of chromium-plated steel, and shall be in the form of a rod with diameter of 1.6mm bent into a 'U"-shape with an outside radius of 3.5±0.05mm.
Hardness of HRC56-HRC58 and sooth surface of 0.05 μm.
Stylus moving speed0 - 10 mm/s (steps of 0.05 mm/s)
Angel between stylus and test panels45°
Test panel sizeLess than 200mm x 100mm (L x W);
Thickness is less than 10 mm
Power220 V AC 50/60 Hz
Weight15 KG
Dimensions430 x 250 x 375 mm (L x W x H) 


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