BYK Additives & Instruments

Film Applicators

Coating Applicators

Paint application onto a drawdown chart requires a highly precise coating applicator to achieve a consist dry paint film. Coating applicators can be a bar applicator or wire wound bar. BYK-Gardner offers a wide selection of bar applicators. The gap clearance and film width are important dimensions to consider when selecting a bar applicator. For wire wound rod applicators the wet film thickness, wire diameter, and film width should be considered. In North America wire wound bars are described as mayer rods; the single clearance bar applicators are described as a bird bar. There is large selection of multi-clearance coating applicators that can be used for many types of paint applications.

Bar Film Applicators

4-Sided Applicator

Applicator Frame

The bar applicators are designed for easy cleaning and maintenance.
The 4-sided applicator is a versatile bar applicator with multiple gap clearances.
For low viscosity coatings, the applicator frame is the ideal choice.
  • Made of high quality stainless steel for long life
  • Comes with a calibration certificate to maintain consistency
  • Packaged in reusable storage box to prevent damage
  • Made of high quality stainless steel for long life
  • Available in film widths from 60 and 80 mm
  • Easy to clean surface
  • 4 gap clearances in one frame
  • Useful for non-rigid substrates
  • Packaged in a reusable box to prevent damage
  • 2-chamber design is available
  • International Standards
  • ASTM
    D 828, D 3258

    Federal Spec.
    TT-P-29, TT-E-508A, PD-220A

    FTMS
    141a

    JAN
    JAN-P-630, JAN-P-700

    Military Spec.
    MIL-P-13341
  • Prices and Products
  • 5550
    Single Bar 2", 3 mils
    5551
    Single Bar 2″, 6 mils
    5552
    Single Bar 3″, 1 mil
    5553
    Single Bar 3″, 1.5 mils
    5554
    Single Bar 3″, 3 mils
    5555
    Single Bar 3″, 6 mils
    5556
    Single Bar 3.5″, 1.5 mils
    5557
    Single Bar 3.5″, 3 mils
    5558
    Single Bar 3.5″, 5 mils
    5559
    Single Bar 3.5″, 6 mils
    5560
    Single Bar 3.5″, 10 mils
    5561
    Single Bar 6″, 0.5 mils
    5562
    Single Bar 6″, 1 mil
    5563
    Single Bar 6″, 1.5 mils
    5564
    Single Bar 6″, 2 mils
    5565
    Single Bar 6″, 2.5 mils
    5566
    Single Bar 6″, 3 mils
    5567
    Single Bar 6″, 4 mils
    5573
    Single Bar 6″, 5 mils
    5568
    Single Bar 6″, 6 mils
    5569
    Single Bar 6″, 8 mils
    5570
    Single Bar 6″, 10 mils
    5571
    Single Bar 6″, 12 mils
    5572
    Single Bar 6″, 20 mils
  • Comes complete with
  • Drawdown Bar applicator
    Reuseable storage case
    Calibration Certificate - NIST traceable
    Note: Drawdown bars can only be returned unused and in original packaging.
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 2020
    4-Sided Bar 60, 30-120 µm
    2021
    4-Sided Bar 80, 30-120 µm
    2040
    4-Sided Bar 60, 50-200 µm
    2041
    4-Sided Bar 80, 50-200 µm
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • International Standards
  • ASTM
    D 823

    FTMS
    No. 141a, Meth. 2161, Meth. 2162, Meth. 4255, Meth. 6226
  • Prices and Products
  • 2030
    Applicator Frame 60, 30-120 µm

    2031
    Applicator Frame 80, 30-120 µm

    2056
    Applicator Frame 70, 50-200 µm

    2057
    Applicator Frame 2x35, 50-200 µm

  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Double Bar

    U Bar

    Square Frame

    The double bar film applicator has two gap clearances.
    The U Bar design channels the coating for an accurate film width.
    The square frame applicator combines the accuracy of fixed bar applicator with the versatility of a multi-clearance applicator.
    • Large selection of film widths
    • Stainless steel construction for long life
    • 2 gap clearances in one bar
    • Large selection of film widths
    • Sturdy stainless steel construction
    • Large selection of film widths
    • Made of high quality stainless steel for long life
    • 8 gap clearances in one frame
  • Prices and Products
  • 6957
    Double Bar 2″ - 2&4 mils
    5302
    Double Bar 2″ - 6&10 mils

    5303
    Double Bar 3″ - 2&4 mils

    5304
    Double Bar 3″ - 6&10 mils

    5305
    Double Bar 4″ - 2&4 mils

    5306
    Double Bar 4″ - 6&10 mils

    5307
    Double Bar 5″ - 2&4 mils

    5308
    Double Bar 5″ - 6&10 mils

    5309
    Double Bar 6″ - 2&4 mils

    5310
    Double Bar 6″ - 6&10 mils

  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 5326
    U-Bar 2″, 2&4 mils
    5327
    U-Bar 2″, 6&10 mils
    5328
    U-Bar 3″, 2&4 mils
    5329
    U-Bar 3″, 6&10 mils
    6948
    U-Bar 4";, 2 & 4 mils
    5331
    U-Bar 4″, 6&10 mils
    5332
    U-Bar 5″, 2&4 mils
    5333
    U-Bar 5″, 6&10 mils
    5334
    U-Bar 6″, 2&4 mils
    5335
    U-Bar 6″, 6&10 mils
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 5361
    Square Frame 2″, 1-8 mils
    5351
    Square Frame 2″, 5-50 mils
    5363
    Square Frame 2″, 0.5-6 mils
    5353
    Square Frame 3″, 1-8 mils
    5354
    Square Frame 3″, 5-50 mils
    5355
    Square Frame 3″, 0.5-6 mils
    5356
    Square Frame 4″, 1-8 mils
    5357
    Square Frame 4″, 5-50 mils
    5358
    Square Frame 4″, 0.5-6 mils
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Film Casting Knife

    Wire-wound Rods 10 inch

    Wire-wound Rods 200 mm

    The film casting knife offers adjustable gap clearances for maximum flexibility.
    The 10 inch wire wound rods have dimensions specified for the North American market.
    The 200 mm wire wound rods have dimensions specified in metric units.
    • Gap clearances from 0 to 150 mils or 0 to 3800 microns
    • Uses highly precise micrometers to set the gap clearance
    • Large selection of film widths
    • One inch of space on both ends for easy handling
    • Optional bench stand to organize the rods during storage
    • Can be ordered in a set of 12 wire rods
    • Designed to be used with an optional rod holder
    • Has 20 mm of space on both ends for easy handling
    • Discount pricing if 3 or more rods are ordered
  • International Standards
  • ASTM
    D 823-53 (1970)

    FTMS
    No. 141a, Meth. 2161, 2162, 4255, 6266
  • Prices and Products
  • 4301
    Film Casting Knife 2″
    4302
    Film Casting Knife 4″
    4303
    Film Casting Knife 6″
    4304
    Film Casting Knife 8″
    4305
    Film Casting Knife 12″
    2325
    Film Casting Knife, 5 cm
    2326
    Film Casting Knife, 10 cm
    2327
    Film Casting Knife, 15 cm
    2328
    Film Casting Knife, 20 cm
    2329
    Film Casting Knife, 30 cm
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 4103
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,2 mils
    4104
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,3 mils
    4106
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,4 mils
    4108
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,5 mils
    4110
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,65 mils
    4112
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 0,8 mils
    4116
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 1 mil
    4122
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 1,5 mils
    4128
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 2 mils
    4134
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 2,5 mils
    4140
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 3 mils
    4152
    Wire-wound rod 10″ - 4 mils
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 4100
    Wire-wound rod set 10
    4101
    Wire-wound rod Stand - 10
  • Prices and Products
  • 2419
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 0,4 mils
    2420
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 0,6 mils
    2421
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 1 mils
    2422
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 2 mils
    2423
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 3 mils
    2424
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 4 mils

    2425
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 5 mils
    2426
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 6 mils
    2428
    Wire-wound rod 200 - 7 mils
    2410
    Wire wound rods set
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 2440
    Wire-wound Rod Holder
    2430
    Wire-wound Rod Adapter
    4102
    Wire-wound Rod Stand - 24 cm
    Information: for item numbers 2419 - 2428

    Step Gap Frame

    Dow Latex Applicator

    Leveling/Sagging Tester

    The Step Gap Applicator Frame creates a drawdown of four increasing wet film thicknesses.
    The Dow Latex Film Applicator is a requirement to comply with ASTM method D2486.
    The Leveling and Sagging applicator is designed to perform two tests with one device.
    • Each edge has four gap clearances
    • The frame has four edges for a total of 16 gap clearances
    • The frame is made of high grade stainless steel
    • U-shaped bar with two gap clearances
    • U-shaped design yields a consistent film width
    • Applicator is made of stainless steel
    • The applicator is designed for metric unit applications
    • Simple comparison test of the leveling and sagging properties
    • The applicator is made of high grade stainless steel
  • Prices and Products
  • 2120
    Step Gap Frame
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 2230
    Dow Latex Applicator
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • International Standards
  • ASTM
    D 2801

    FTMS
    141a, method 4494
  • Prices and Products
  • 0810
    Leveling/Sagging Tester
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • NYPC Leveling Test Blade

    Anti-Sag Meter

    Pfund Cryptometer

    The NYPC Leveling Blade is designed to be compliant with New York Paint Club method.
    The Anti-sag applicators are designed to assess paint sag in compliance with ASTM methods D3730 and D4400.
    The Pfund Cryptometer is quick test to measure the hiding power of coatings.
    • Has five pairs of clearances 10, 30, 40, 80, and 160 mils
    • Produces a 4 inch wide drawdown
    • Four clearance ranges to cover most coating thickness applications
    • U-shaped bar design to channel the coating under the applicator blade
    • The applicator is made of stainless steel
    • Quick and reliable check of wet hiding power
    • Determines the thickness needed for complete hide
    • Only needs 3 to 5 ml of sample
  • International Standards
  • New York Society for
    Paint Technology Official Digest
    No. 44, Vol. 32 No. 430, p. 1435

  • Prices and Products
  • 0812
    NYPC Leveling Test Blade
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • International Standards
  • ASTM
    D 3730, D 4400
  • Prices and Products
  • 5401
    Anti-Sag Meter 3-12 mils
    5402
    Anti-Sag Meter 1-6 mils
    5403
    Anti-Sag Meter 14-60 mils
    5404
    Anti-Sag Meter 4-24 mils
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 3301
    Pfund Cryptometer
  • Comes complete with
  • Base Plate
    Top Plate, wedge constant 0.002
    Top Plate, wedge constant 0.007
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Accessories
  • 3302
    Top plate 0.002
    3303
    Top plate 0.007
    3304
    Top plate 0.0035
    3305
    Bottom plate black / white

    Leveling Test Blade

    Leslie Applicator

    The Leveling Test Blade is designed to comply with ASTM D 4062 to measure the leveling properties of water and solvent based coatings.

    The Leslie applicator has a dual purpose to measure leveling and anti-sag properties.
    • Alternating gap clearances of 4 and 12 mils (100 and 300 microns)
    • Extended gap clearances from 1 to 18 mils (25.4 - 457.2 microns)
  • International Standards
  • ASTM D 4062
  • Prices and Products
  • 0813
    Leveling Test Blade
    Dimensions: 185 x 100 x 25 mm (7.25 x 4.0 x 1.0 in.), Weight: 531 gm (1.2 lbs)
  • Comes complete with
  • Test blade, Storage case
  • Specifications (PDF)
  • Prices and Products
  • 5409
    Leslie Applicator
  • Comes complete with
  • Applicator, Storage case
  • Specifications (PDF)