On the stormy west coast of Norway you find Kråkenes lighthouse. Jotun’s exterior paint Drygolin Nordic Extreme protects the wooden lighthouse in this harsh environment. Photo: Ole Eltvik

Testing for the extreme

Jotun's paints and coatings are tailor-made to protect property in any environment. To ensure premium quality, performance and durability, we rigorously test our products under the most extreme conditions.

Jotun has been waging an ongoing battle against the elements for almost a century. We develop products that can perform under a wide range of conditions and meet the customer's specifications and expectations.

In every corner of the world, our premium paints and coatings stand as the last line of defense against weather and wind, as well as biofouling, hydrocarbon fires and year-round precipitation.

When exposed to a fire, Jotachar JF750 produces a robust and temperature stable insulating char. Installation time is significantly reduced and allows substantial savings in both the material and labour costs of a project.
Jotachar JF750 is the industry’s next generation and first mesh free solution for hydrocarbon and jet fires.

To ensure our products are up to the task, we constantly test them under the harshest conditions imaginable. Using a combination of field testing and the technology available at our modern R&D facilities, we are able to document and prove the performance of our coating solutions.

Proven performance is key

The paint and coating industry has developed massively in this respect. Today, customers, partners and regulators alike all demand in-depth analysis, documentation and data. This is why we need to know – and be able to document – that our products perform as expected under in-service conditions.

Jotun performs rigorous testing of all paints and coatings in every thinkable weather conditions. Here from the company's test site in Svalbard during winter.
Jotun's test site in Svalbard during winter.

In order to achieve this, we use our state-of-the-art laboratories. In our R&D facilities, we simulate every imaginable temperature and weather scenario, in addition to other environmental conditions that might affect and damage ships, houses and other structures.

Jotun performs tests of paints and coatings at arctic temperatures going down to –20 oC in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.
Jotun‘s test site at Svalbard in northern Norway.

Accelerated laboratory testing should always be verified and supplemented by field testing. Therefore, Jotun has test stations in places such as Svalbard, known for one of the coldest and most unstable climates on the planet. We perform tests at our site close to the Norwegian research station Troll in Antarctica, with extreme UV radiation and lots of wind. We also test our products in the hottest and most humid and corrosive environments on Earth – such as South East Asia and The Middle East.

The most strenuous testing practices

Properly assessing the protective properties of the coatings requires both natural and accelerated tests. For example, accelerated corrosion tests expose the panels to severely corrosive environments such as seawater to determine the ability to limit the corrosive damage.

Scientist Nina Bexrud performing accelerated laboratory testing at the state-of-the-art facilities at the global paints and coatings company Jotun's main R&D Center in Sandefjord.
Scientist Nina Bexrud at Jotun's main R&D centre in Sandefjord, Norway.

Of course, harsh weather is not the only threat to the durability of our paints and coatings. That’s why we also subject them to a wide range of mechanical tests to assess the hardness, durability, and resistance to threats such as impact, abrasion, and scratches.

Keeping property safe

For our decorative product line, we conduct regular painting workshops where we collaborate with professional painters who provide us with vital feedback, both in trials and blind tests.

The global paints and coatings company Jotun performs product testing with panels in Kjerringvik, just south of the head quarters in Sandefjord, Norway.
Jotun's test panels in Kjerringvik, on the Norwegian East Coast.

In addition to our internal extensive and rigorous testing, we have external third-party institutions approving and certifying our coating solutions according to internationally accepted standards and specifications. This builds trust and confidence in the performance of our coating systems and ensures that we meet governmental legislation, authorities’ requirements and customer demands.

All this required testing demands substantial resources. However, we need to see the full picture of a coating systems performance to ensure that we provide the best possible protective solution for our customer’s assets because “Jotun protects property”.

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Scientist Andreas Løken at global paints and coatings company Jotun's main R&D Center in Sandefjord, Norway, performing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements in order to assess barrier properties of protective coatings. Photo: Jotun/Morten Rakke.

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