The Advanced Coatings Lab is a partnership between the National Institute for Aviation Research and WSU Tech. It is located at the National Center for Aviation Training.

In addition to research and development services, the Advanced Coatings Lab offers curriculum in Aerospace Coatings & Paint Technology through WSU Tech.

Please visit for more information on the Associate of Applied Science degree and Technical Certificate programs available in this area.


  • Test Chambers
  • Salt Fog Cabinet
  • Temperature/Humidity Chamber – Exposure Testing, Filiform Corrosion
  • Accelerated Weathering Units – Xenon, QUV
  • Low Temperature Freezer

Physical Testing

  • Impact testers – Standard and G.E.
  • Abrasion tester
  • Mandrels for flex testing – standard and conical
  • Adhesion Test Kits
  • Water Immersion Bath
  • Dry Film Thickness - Magnetic Induction, Eddy Current, Ultrasonic
  • Hardness - Pencil
  • XPS testing

Surface Prep

  • Central Dust Collection System
  • Sanders
  • Buffers/Polishers
  • Easily Manipulated Mechanical Arm Units - Temple Allen


  • Automated Panel Sprayer
  • Gravity Feed Spray Guns – HVLP, Compliant
  • Pressure Feed Spray Guns – HVLP, Compliant
  • Pressure Pots
  • Electrostatic Spray Gun – Air Assisted Airless
  • Fresh Air Breathing System
  • Virtual Paint Training Unit
  • UV Cure Lamp
  • IR Cure Lamp

Color and Appearance

  • Spectrophotometer – Desktop, Handheld
  • Multi-Angle Spectrophotometer: Effect Pigment Evaluation
  • Gloss Meter
  • Orange Peel/DOI Measurement Unit
  • Light Booth
  • Microscope
  • Rheology
  • Viscosity Cups
  • Brookfield Viscometer
  • Stormer Viscometer