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  • Adhesion Tester Accommodates Variety of Test Surfaces

    The self-aligning P.A.T.T.I. Micro from Paul N. Gardner Company Inc. quantitatively measures the adhesion strength of coatings such as paints, polymers, ceramics, inks, films, adhesives and thermal or arc-sprayed metals.

  • Instruments Measure Residual Oil Concentrations on Components

    Horiba’s OCMA-500 and OCMA-550 oil measurement instruments, available from Paul N. Gardner Company Inc., feature improved features for operability in drain monitoring and quality control applications.

  • Instrument Measures Reflective Appearance on Curved Surfaces, Small Parts

    The Rhopoint IQ Flex 20 from Paul N. Gardner Co. is a reference instrument for measuring reflective appearance, including gloss, haze, distinctiveness of image (DOI) and goniophotometer curves.

  • Electroplating Gauge for Plated Metals Over Ferrous Substrates

    The CMI243 model requires only one probe to accurately measure metallic coatings over ferrous substrates.

  • Inspection Lamps for Non-destructive Testing

    A dual intensity feature provides both high and standard UV-A and white light output for added versatility.

  • Pocket Instrument Measures Hardness

    The TQC hardness test pen is a pocket instrument from Paul Gardner Co. designed for testing the hardness and wear/scratch resistance of materials such as coatings, lacquers, plastics or related products.

  • Paul N. Gardner Vision System for Part Inspection

    Offering both live-graphical-part and live-image views, and available in two measuring ranges, the Magellan Vision System from Paul N. Gardner Co. features multi-point video edge detection for fast and accurate non-contact measurement of parts.

  • Paul N. Gardner Coating Thickness Gage Can Handle Harsh Conditions

    Paul N. Gardner’s CM153 coating thickness gage is small, but is designed to be versatile and rugged for single-handed use in harsh conditions.

  • pH Meters Features Non-Glass Silicon Chip

    Unlike disposable pocket-sized pH meters, the miniLab pocket pH meter from Paul N. Gardner contains a virtually unbreakable non-glass silicon chip sensor for fast, stable readings.

  • Gage Measures Coatings on Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals

    The MiniTest 650 coating thickness gage from Paul N. Gardner Co. measures non-magnetic coatings on steel and insulating coatings on non-ferrous metals.

  • Visual Quality Control Inspection System

    The Lovibond CAM-System 550 from Paul N. Gardner Co. is a quality control inspection system that allows the user to decide quickly and objectively whether a product meets acceptable color and appearance criteria or if it has undesirable defects.

  • Dust Test Kit

    Loose particles on blast cleaned surfaces will reduce coating adhesion, leading to premature coating failure.

  • Powder Flow Tester

    The powder flow tester from Paul N.

  • Digital Pocket Microscope

    A digital pocket microscope from Paul N.

  • Adhesion Test Equipment

    The ReliaPull adhesion test equipment from Gardner Co. was built to help reduce the human variation imposed on the results of tape tests performed manually.

  • Compact Precision Balance

    The FX-iWP from Paul N.

  • Device Measures Ferrite Content

    Chemical, utility and other processing plants are often exposed to heat, aggressive media and high pres­sure.

  • Portable Desktop Viewer

    Perfect for client color presentations, lab applications, and anywhere color is critically viewed, the PDV-2e/M complies with ASTM D1729 standards and is designed for visual color assessment, comparison of color variations, and the detection of metamerism (when color samples appear to match under one illumination condition but distinctly change when viewed under a different illumination condition). Features include four light sources--D65, CWF (TL84 optional), Incandescent and UV, an ETM elapsed time meter to monitor usage of the daylight source, and an international voltage selector.

  • Laser Paint Targeting

    The LaserPaint is a spray gun attachment used to improve spray application performance and increase transfer efficiency while decreasing costs, materials and air emissions.


    Described in ASTM F 735, the Model 6100 oscillating sand tester is used to measure the resistance of a material to surface abrasion and scratching.

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Contact Information

Please visit: Gardner Co., Inc., Paul N.

Mailing Address:
316 NE First
Pompano Beach, FL 33060 US

Phone: 954-946-9454
Toll-Free: 800-762-2478
Fax: 954-946-9309

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Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. (GARDCO)

The Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. (GARDCO) has its origin with the alliance of pioneer paint chemist Dr. Henry Alfred Gardner, Sr., Director of the Institute of Paint and Varnish Research in Washington, D.C. and his son Paul Norris Gardner Sr. in 1935. The team of Institute chemists at that time were active in the development and design of physical testing instruments for coating materials which were then made available to the industry. However, production of these instruments was not generally available to the public so the Henry A. Gardner Laboratory was established and incorporated in Bethesda, Maryland for that purpose. Significant developments in areas of appearance were made in further years with research into gloss and color technology by the contributions of such men as Richard S. Hunter who joined the Lab from the then NBS. Throughout the period,  Paul eventually rose to the position of President after the retirement of his father and later Board Chairman of the Lab until 1962 when his decision to retire was made. Maintaining contact with the industry, Paul formed The Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc., in Maryland. As a man of foresight the small company was relocated a short time later to the state of Florida where it now flourishes in Pompano Beach reaching both domestic and world markets. Since the passing of Paul N. Gardner, Sr. in 1995, Paul N. Gardner, Jr. has assumed the Presidency of GARDCO.


Company Profile

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We are distributors, producers and designers of quality physical testing and inspection instruments for the paint, coatings and related industries. These include the automotive, aerospace, specialty chemical, petroleum, plastics, pharmaceutical and food among others. Visit our website at that includes full descriptions, instructions specification references and prices.

Our technical sales people will be able to help you find the appropriate test instrument to meet the criteria and specs you require. Visit our website or drop in for your immediate needs.  We are located at 316 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Our hours are from 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday.

Product Categories of Gardner Co., Inc., Paul N.

  • Humidity Cabinets
  • Lamps, color-matching
  • Panels, paint and plating testing
  • pH Meters
  • Surface Roughness Measuring Devices
  • Testing Equipment, abrasion resistance
  • Testing Equipment, adhesion
  • Testing Equipment, color
  • Testing Equipment, gloss
  • Testing Equipment, high-voltage electrostatic
  • Testing Equipment, impact resistance
  • Testing Equipment, paint film discontinuity
  • Testing Equipment, paint film flexibility
  • Testing Equipment, salt spray
  • Testing Equipment, slip and friction
  • Testing Equipment, surface cleanliness
  • Testing Equipment, surface tension
  • Testing Equipment, thickness of coating
  • Thermometers, pyrometers
  • Viscosimeters

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