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How do I choose a Gloss Meter?

You first require a flat surface of approximately 2" by 0.5" (50 x 10mm) to position a glossmeter properly on a surface. If the surface area you have is smaller, then please call us to discuss a tabletop gloss meter for 2 x 2mm areas.

One must now judge your product by how glossy it is. Most products fall into a semi-gloss range. Some are matte and designed to have very low gloss and others such as metals or car finishes are very high. There are three types that cover the complete range of gloss, namely the 20 degrees, the 60 degree and the 85 degree glossmeters. Certain industries, however, prefer a different angle. These industries are; paper, ceramic, film, and vinyl. If you fall into one of these industries, please read Gloss Meter Selection by Industry. Some customers produce a range of products from very glossy to matte, then you would require a Universal gloss meter that measures all three angles or maybe you only make products from semi-gloss to very high gloss, then you need the DUAL 20-60 degree gloss meter.

Low Gloss - 85°

For improved resolution of low gloss, a grazing angle of 85° is used to measure the surface. This angle is recommended for surfaces which measure less than 10 GU when measured at 60°.This angle also has a larger measurement spot which will average out differences in the gloss of textured or slightly uneven surfaces. 

Medium or Semi-Gloss - 60° - The Universal Measurement Angle

One must remember that all gloss levels can be measured using the standard measurement angle of 60°. This 60-degree angle is used as the reference angle for all products. So why choose some other another angle? Because of extreme gloss, one obtains better measurements with the complimentary angles of 85° or 20° often used for low and high gloss levels respectively. 

High Gloss - 20°

The acute measurement angle of 20° gives improved resolution for high gloss surfaces. Surfaces that measure 70 GU and above at the standard angle of 60° are often measured with this geometry. The 20° angle is more sensitive to haze effects that affect the appearance of a surface. The different gloss of these two samples is more clearly shown in the 20° readings.

red gloss tiles

45° Glossmeter

The 45-degree glossmeter is used primarily for the ceramics and film producing industries.

75° Glossmeter

The 75-degree glossmeter is used primarily for the paper and vinyl producing industries.

 

Gloss Meter Types and Configurations

Now you should know which angle is the correct one for your application and industry. We have a selection grid for you to choose from.

single angle Single angle instruments are available in each of the measurement geometries 20°, 45°,60°, 75°, and 85°).
dual angel Single angle instruments are available in each of the measurement geometries 20°, 45°,60°, 75°, and 85°).
triple angel Triple angle instruments have an additional geometry; either 85° for improved resolution on matte surfaces or 75° for measuring paper and board to TAPPI standards.

To view full product information and downloads click on the product below.

Single Angle Gloss Meters

 

ANGLEAPPLICATIONMODEL 
single 20 High Gloss Novogloss Dualgloss 20/60° Gloss meter Novo Gloss 20
single 45 Ceramics / Aluminium Novogloss Lite 45° Gloss meter Novo Gloss 45
single 60 Universal Measurement Angle Novogloss 60° Gloss meter Novo Gloss 60
single 60 Small Area Or Curved Surface Novo Curve Gloss Meter Novo Curve
single 75 Paper, Board and Printing Novo Gloss Trio (20/60/75°) Gloss meter Novo Gloss 75
single 85 Matte Finishes Novogloss Trigloss 20/60/85° Gloss meter Novo Gloss 85

 

Dual Angle Gloss Meters

To view full product information and downloads click on the product below.

ANGLEAPPLICATIONMODEL
dual 20/60 60°‚ - Universal measurement geometry. Measure any surface from ultra matte to mirror finish.
20°‚ - Improved measurement on high gloss (>70GU @60°) e.g. plastics, coatings and polished metals.
novo gloss dual
Novogloss Dualgloss 20/60° Gloss meter

 

Triple Angle Gloss Meters

To view full product information and downloads click on the product below.

ANGLEAPPLICATIONMODELS 
tri 20/60/85

20°‚ - improved measurement of high gloss levels.

60° - universal measurement angle.

85° - improved resolution on matte surfaces.

 

Novogloss Trigloss 20/60/85° Gloss meter novo gloss trio
tri 20/60/85 20° - improved measurement of high gloss levels.

60° - universal measurement angle.

75° - measure paper/board to TAPPI standard. 
60° - universal measurement angle. Novo Gloss 75