The surface determines the appearance, the feel, and last but not least the durability of products. Coatings with lacquers, glazes, oils, and waxes require a high quality in products and their processing. We use accredited methods to test the physical properties of coating materials for wood and of industrial coated parts in all applications. These are primarily furniture, wooden floors, doors, wall and ceiling cladding in the interior, facades, terraces and balconies in the exterior as well as windows and exterior doors as climate-separating components. A surface laboratory, devices for artificial weathering and field test stands are available.


Outdoor wood

The wood is protected against the weather by coatings. EN 927-2 defines minimum requirements for exterior wood coatings, which are supplemented by national requirements for dimensionally stable components (windows and external doors). The most important test methods are:

  • EN 927 series: Coating materials and coating systems for exterior wood
    e.g. natural weathering, water permeability, artificial weathering, microfoam
  • ÖNORM C 2350 Coating materials for coating systems applied on dimensionally stable exterior building constructions of wood
    e.g. adhesion, water vapor permeability, deformability, compatibility
  • ÖNORM B 3803 Coatings on dimensionally stable wooden outdoor building components
    e.g. coating thickness, air bubbles in the coating film, compatibility
  • ISO 2808 Determination of film thickness

Furniture surfaces

Coatings increase the durability of wooden surfaces. ÖNORM A 1610-12 defines requirements for different areas of use. The most important test methods are:

  • ÖNORM A 1605-12 Furniture surfaces
    e.g. chemical resistance, behaviour in case of abrasion, behaviour in case of scratching loads, ...

Wood flooring

Criteria for sealing lacquers for on-site processing or the factory coating are defined in ÖNORM C 2354. Non-film-forming treatments with oils and waxes have to be treated separately, for which recognized HFA-internal methods are used:

  • ÖNORM C 2354 Sealing materials
    chemical resistance, scratch resistance, adhesion, deformability
  • HFA AA O 128/IHD-W 480 Wooden floors treated with non-film-forming substances
    Behaviour in case of wet abrasion
  • HFA AA O 128/IHD-W 481 Wooden floors treated with non-film-forming substances
    Resistance to cold liquids

Contact persons

Surfaces, Exterior wood coatings, HFA inspected mark

Dr. Boris Forsthuber

P:+43 1 798 26 23-20
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Furniture surface, floors

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Illy

P:+43 1 798 26 23-31
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Furniture surface, parquet

Dipl.-Ing. Ruben Griffith

P:+43 1 798 26 23-0
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Surfaces and microscopy

Ing. Irene Spitaler

P:+43 1 798 26 23-39
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Surface analysis

Dipl.-Ing. Veronika Zeller

P:+43 1 798 26 23-43
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Exterior wood coatings, ter­races, fa­cades, win­dows, bal­conies

Dipl.-HTL-Ing. Michael Truskaller

P:+43 1 798 26 23-26
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Our services

EN 927 Coating materials and coating systems for exterior wood

We offer all tests to prove compliance with the requirements for the classes regarding stable, semi-stable and non stable components.

Furniture surfaces

All essential tests for demonstrating compliance with the requirements for surfaces for kitchens, tables, chairs, cupboards, office and public furnishings are offered.

Wood flooring

We test sealers, oils and waxes as well as factory-coated surfaces for living and public areas.

The moisture protection of coatings is assessed in laboratory and weathering tests.

Test facade on the outdoor area in Vienna for practical weathering tests.

Coating on a pore of Meranti wood under the microscope.

Contact angle measurement to determine the surface energy and hydrophobicity.

Artificial weathering system with UV light and water (EN 927-6)

Available infrastructure:

  • Artificial weathering QUV
  • Artificial weathering Xenon
  • Outdoor weathering
  • Abrasion device
  • Contact angle measuring device
  • Colour and gloss measuring devices
  • Colour calibrated scanners
  • UV/VIS and FTIR Spectroscopy
  • Optical and scanning electron microscopy


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