Measure vehicle paint thickness using an Elcometer 311 Automotive Paint Meter

Measure vehicle paint thickness using an Elcometer 311 Automotive Paint Meter

How to Measure Vehicle Paint Thickness
using an Elcometer 311 Automotive Paint Meter The new Elcometer 311 Automotive Paint Meter is the best way to help you identify the amount of hidden damage on your vehicle – – which is usually not found in public or commercial condition reports. Things like hidden rework, impact damage, respray and filled body panels, can all significantly affect a car’s resale value – – and they can all be identified using the new Elcometer 311 paint meter. Just by measuring the vehicle’s paint thickness, in either Mils or Microns, the new Elcometer 311 can find any hidden damage. Extremely high or low thickness readings can indicate where previous repairs have occurred – – giving you a valuable insight into the bodywork’s true condition, and the true resale value of the car. Many high line and luxury cars use both steel and aluminium body panels. The new Elcometer 311 gauge automatically switches between steel and aluminium, allowing you to examine any metal panel without interruption. With a reading rate of more than one per second, the new Elcometer 311 is one of the fastest gauges on the market – – which means that you can inspect a car far quicker – allowing you to inspect more cars each day. There is no need to calibrate the gauge, the new Elcometer 311 Paint Meter is pre-calibrated in the factory, so just add the batteries and start measuring. Designed to last, the robust, water resistant design and built in temperature compensation, ensures the gauge is accurate in all weather conditions – – from the North Pole to the Sahara, from the rainforest to your back yard. The large, easy to read colour display not only rotates automatically when you are measuring on side panels – – but also adjusts the screen brightness so you can read the display, even in bright sunlight. Each gauge is supplied with all that you need to take measurements straight from the box, and it comes with a protective carry case which easily clips onto your belt. Unlike other gauges the new Elcometer 311 displays the key statistical values used to assess the overall condition of the paint work – – such as the number of readings, average coating thickness, and the lowest paint thickness. It also has the unique Elcometer Index Value. The Elcometer Index Value provides the inspector with a single number – – which illustrates the car’s overall paint condition and establishes if any previous paint work has been undertaken. This quantifiable number determines the extent of rework and the overall quality of the vehicle being appraised. The higher the Elcometer Index Value – the more severe the previous paint work. And if you are working with your own inspection app, the new Elcometer 311 has Bluetooth – – allowing all the measurements to seamlessly pass to your Android or Apple mobile device in real time. So there you have it, the new Elcometer 311 – rugged, reliable, accurate and incredibly intelligent – the smart choice when choosing an automotive paint meter. For more information and training on the new Elcometer 311 Automotive Paint Meter, or other Elcometer products, visit

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