Surface Finish Testing
Furniture surfaces that stain or mark easily, perhaps due to spills or white ring marks from drinks, will potentially lead to customer dissatisfaction, complaints and returns.
The results of the use of inadequate or inappropriate surface finishes are instantly visible. This not only has a negative aesthetic impact but can also affect the performance of the item concerned.
The level of performance of finishes depends upon the end use of the furniture concerned. The most severe performance criteria are designated for items such as kitchen tops, desk tops and living room tables. The minimum requirements for kitchen cabinets and horizontal surfaces tend to be lower than the above and performance criteria for vertical surfaces of items such as bookshelves and bedroom furniture are even lower.
Actual test requirements vary depending upon the Standards being specified.
“How a surface finish or coating performs in its designated environment is an important consideration at the point of manufacture. Testing the performance of a surface finish or coating to a set standard provides an invaluable guide to the surface durability of the product and reduces the likelihood of problems arising.”
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