Dyne Test Pens, By Kolorguide also known as surface tension test pens, are used to measure the surface energy or tension of a material.

They are commonly used in the printing, packaging, and plastics industries to ensure proper adhesion of inks, coatings, and adhesives to various substrates.

Dyne test pens contain a liquid solution that is applied to the surface of a material in a standardized manner. The solution is formulated to wet the surface of the material and spread evenly, and the amount of spreading is then used to determine the material’s surface energy.

Dyne test pens are available in a range of dyne levels, which correspond to different surface energy levels. The dyne level of a material is a measure of its surface energy, and is typically expressed in units of dynes per centimeter (dynes/cm).

Using dyne test pens can help to ensure that materials are properly prepared and treated prior to printing, coating, or bonding, and can help to prevent issues such as ink or coating adhesion failure.

  • Kolorguide Dyne test Pens, Tips or Warnings 

    1) Do not touch or in any way contaminate the surface to be tested. Dirty surfaces lose their wettability.

    2) Do not use contaminated or outdated Kolorguide Dyne  test Pens

    3) Never retest the same location on a sample; move along the sample, or pull a new one.

    4) Store and use test Pens marker pens at room temperature.

    5) To obtain optimum adhesion, it is necessary to increase the surface energy of the substrate to just above that of the material to be applied. Surface Treatment with either Corona or Plasma results in good wetting of the material over the surface of the substrate and so improves adhesion.

The key to controlling surface energy for successful ink adhesion is knowing the initial and final treatment levels. Kolorguide Dyne test Pens provide a fast, safe and easy means of testing surface energy.

Establishing that the material is properly treated before applying inks, coatings, paints or adhesives is the primary mission of Kolorguide pens. The rule of thumb is that for the ink to have success in adhering and wetting when placed on the substrate, that substrate needs to have a number in dynes that is 10 higher than the surface energy in dynes of the ink being applied.

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Weight .25 kg
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 3 cm
Standard dyne levels

Standard dyne level 50 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 30 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 52 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 32 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 34 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 36 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 38 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 40 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 42 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 44 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 46 dyne/cm, Standard dyne level 48 dyne/cm


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