Glidecoat-GM 60 is a handheld portable gloss meter or gloss tester used to evaluate the shine on different material surfaces. The gloss tester includes a 3.5″ TFT touchscreen display, internal memory, and PC-compatible software for detailed analysis. The Glidecoat-GM 60 gloss meter has a measuring geometry or angle of 60 degrees.
What is a Gloss Meter?
A gloss meter is a measuring device for the determination of gloss on different materials. During measurement, the gloss meter emits a light, which reflects off the surface. Depending on the level of gloss, the surface absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest. The gloss meter reader measures the reflected light, calculates the degree of gloss, and displays it clearly on the screen.
Gloss meters are commonly used in manufacturing as a quality control measure to ensure that individual products have the same appearance. In this way, complaints and associated costs are avoided. In addition, the external reputation of companies with consistent quality and consistent products is respected or improved.
Why Glidecoat Offers a Gloss Meter?
Since 2015, the Glidecoat Certified Pro Network has applied our coatings to a wide variety of boats, from a 14′ Bass Tracker to 100’+ Mega Yachts. In the early stages of developing our ceramic coating, our customers wanted to measure and validate the effectiveness of the coating.
For most ceramic coating companies, the typical response is to use qualitative measures, such as, check the water beading or sheeting (dependent on the type of ceramic coating) and the shine levels. Both are valid and easily identifiable points; however, everyone will have different expectations and views on the product’s performance. We wanted a better system to reassure customers and provide actual data that would eliminate personal interpretations.
After thorough research, we discovered that using a Gloss Meter would provide a numerical representation of the surface shine levels. We continued to go a step further by utilizing the gloss meter to re-enforce our product warranty.
Gloss Meters in the Proposal Process and Initial Inspection
An unexpected benefit of using the gloss meter has been to help simplify the proposal process with new clients and our Certified Pros. We highly recommend inspecting the boat to provide an accurate quote. As part of the inspection, the Certified Pro will take numerous gloss meter readings across the entire boat to give a snapshot of the boat’s starting condition.
During an initial conversation with a boat owner who is evaluating a marine ceramic coating application, the topic of pricing will typically come up early in the conversation. Because the majority of time is spent preparing the surface for the coating, boats with extremely low initial gloss meter readings and severe oxidization will pay a higher rate per foot than a factory new boat with minimal to no oxidization present on the surface.
Having accurate measurements at this stage drastically improves the accuracy of quotes and helps gauge the necessary level of restoration before applying the ceramic coating.
After completing over 1000’s of ceramic coating applications through our Certified Pro Network, we notice a consistent trend in the level of preparation required based on the varying gloss meter readings.
Here is a helpful chart that demonstrates the typical level of preparation required based on the various gloss meter readings:
|Gloss Meter Reading||Level of Oxidization||Estimated Restoration Steps|
|1 – 15||Severe||4+ buffing steps|
|16 – 30||Heavy||3 – 4+ buffing steps|
|31 – 50||Medium||2 – 3 buffing steps|
|51 – 70||Light||1 – 2 buffing steps|
|71+||Minimal to no oxidization||1 buffing step|
Following the application of a surface coating, the Certified Pro will take multiple gloss meter readings across the entire boat. Routinely, these final gloss meter readings show shine levels that are back to or better than factory new. Because we have these final gloss meter results, we can provide a product warranty that guarantees gloss meter readings will not decrease by more than 30% in the 18 months following application. Realistically, the gloss meter readings will only drop by approximately 10-20% in 18 months, but this is highly dependent on boat usage, maintenance, as well as other factors.
We guarantee to refund any item you are not completely happy with when you return it to us in a saleable condition within 14 days of receipt. When issuing a refund we will need to see proof of your original purchase. Refunds will be credited to your original method of payment. Please note, this policy only applies to retail customers.
For safety reasons, we cannot offer refunds on products that have been opened or used unless they are faulty or unfit for purpose. Please note, if you purchased our products through another reseller, you will need to return the products to the original place you purchased them.
How do I make a return?
Returns are simple and easy. If you need to return an item simply send the product(s), a letter as to why you are returning the products (please include contact details) and your original proof of purchase to:
931 Village Blvd. Unit 905-121
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
What about my delivery charge?
If we have made a mistake on an item sent to you or it is faulty, damaged, of unsatisfactory quality, we will refund the delivery charges you have paid to receive that item unless it was sent to you with other items which you are not returning.
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