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Relating Gloss Loss to Topographical Features of a PVDF Coating



J Faucheu, Li Piin Sung, K Wood, Jonathan W. Martin


Semi-gloss commercial poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) coatings typically have 60o gloss values between 20 and 50. Gloss is affected by PVDF crystallite structures and by the pigmentation. In this paper, we have demonstrated that for some pigmented PVDF coatings after ten years Florida exposure, the principal proximal cause of gloss changes is the formation of micron-scale pits, rather than the emergence of pigment particles at the coating surface. We have used laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and light scattering to characterize the surface topography and near-surface structure of weathered and unweathered PVDF coatings. Florida-weathered PVDF coatings show only a modest increase in the root mean square (RMS) roughness of the surface, even when noticeable gloss loss has occurred. Changes in gloss can be correlated with surface roughness and other topographical features, including the formation of pits and the emergence of pigments.
To Be Determined


autocorrelation function, Fast Fourier Transform, gloss retention, laser scanning confocal microscopy, light scattering, polyvinylidene flluoride, specular reflectance, surface roughness, weathering


Faucheu, J. , Sung, L. , Wood, K. and Martin, J. (2004), Relating Gloss Loss to Topographical Features of a PVDF Coating, To Be Determined, [online], (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created October 5, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021