What is a gloss meter?

Gloss meter is commonly spelt as glossmeter. It is an instrument which measures the reflection of gloss on a surface. Gloss is measured by projecting a ray of light at a fixed intensity and angle onto a surface and measuring the amount of light which is reflected.

Types of gloss meters

There are many gloss meters available on the market including those which vary in angles as well as manufacturers. See below for a list of different angled gloss meters:

  • 20 degree
  • 45 degree
  • 60 degree
  • 80 degree

As gloss is categorised as either matte, semi or high gloss, it is measured at different angles depending upon the surface. For example, if a product is a low gloss product, it should be measured using a 20-degree gloss meter. Furthermore, semi-gloss is measured at 60 degrees and high gloss at 80 degrees.

Gloss meters

Please note: this is subject to change depending on the gloss meter used for the application and the surface being measured.

Uses a gloss meter

Many different industries require a gloss meter to measure the gloss of their products. Find out the uses of a gloss meter in a variety of different industries below:

Paintings and coatings industry: Determines the gloss intensity of their products.

Automotive: It helps to ensure consistency in the process of manufacturing.

Furniture industry: Allows the measurement of sheen intensity in products.

Electronic manufacturers: Ensures that all the intended gloss standards are achieved with all their products.