Paint Detective



- Home of the PD8 Coating & Paint Thickness Gauge
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Gauge Specification

Model Paint Detective PD8
What's in the Box? PD8 Gauge (Ready to Use), Leather Style Belt Clip
Case, Instructions, 4 X AAA Batteries, 2 x Calibration
Checkpieces (Aluminium and Steel) & 4 x Thickness
Check Foils
Typical Users include

Vehicle Appraisers & Buyers, Panel Beaters / Motor Body
Repairers, Painting Contractors, Galvanizers,
Anodisers, Powder Coaters, Metal Fabricators,
Chromers, Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, Vehicle
Detailers, Zinc Platers etc

Ferrous Metal Mode (Fe)
(Typical Applications)


Technology - Magnetic Induction - (enables
measurement of non magnetic coatings on magnetic
substrates such as Steel, Mild Steel, Cast Iron &
Magnetic Stainless Steel). Example coatings:- Paint,
Zinc / Galvanising, Chrome, Copper, Enamel, Rubber,
Paint, Varnish, Powder Coating, Plastic etc.
Non Ferrous Metal Mode (NFe)
(Typical Applications)
Technology - Eddy Current - (enables measurement of
non-conductive coatings on non-ferrous substrates
such as Aluminium, Copper, Brass, Zinc, Tin, and Non-
Magnetic Stainless Steel). Example coatings:- Paint,
Enamel, Rubber, Paint, Varnish, Powder Coating,
Anodizing, Plastic etc.
Measuring Range 0-1250µm (0-1.25mm) or 0-50mil
Resolution 0.1µm (0-99.9 µm) and 1µm (over 100 µm)
Accuracy ±1-3% (±2.5µm or 0.1mil - whichever the greater)
Power Supply 4 x 1.5V AAA Batteries

Minimum Measurement Area

Minimum Sample Thickness 0.3mm
Operating Conditions Temp: 0 - 50ºC and Humidity: < 80%
Weight 81g (not including batteries)
Dimensions 126 x 65 x 27mm
Meets Standards Including ISO-2178, ISO-2360, DIN, ASTM & BS
  (suitable for laboratory and harsh field conditions)

Units of Measurement
(Microns & Mils)

Metric Measurement:-
Micrometre (µm) – also known as Micron
1 µm = 1/1000mm
Imperial Measurement:-
Mil – also known as Thou
1 Mil = 1/1000 Inch
1 Mil / Thou = 25.4 Microns / Micrometre (µm)

Additional Functionality Gauge auto adjusts between Ferrous (Steel) and Non-
Ferrous (Aluminium etc) Modes, Low Battery Indicator,
Ice Blue Backlight, Metric (Microns µm) or Imperial (Mils)
measurement settings, Auto Power Off, Easy Reset to
Factory Settings.


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