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Drawdown Board

Drawdown Board

Buschman’s high-quality Drawdown Board enables quality technicians to make laboratory samples of thin film coatings rapidly and inexpensively. These samples can be used to determine variables such as film thickness, substrate penetration, coating opacity and color, bond strength, etc., a critical step in the coating process.

Made of high quality glass, Buschman’s Drawdown Board is durable, safe, easy to clean, and an ideal companion product for Buschman’s popular and versatile Laboratory Drawdown Rods.

Using the Drawdown Board is a simple, 3-step process:

1. Clip the sample substrate to the drawdown board.

2. Using a syringe or other application method, place a bead of liquid coating near the top of the sample.

3. Grasp the ends of the drawdown rod firmly. Using steady pressure and not allowing the rod to rotate, draw the rod through the liquid coating, spreading the film across the sample.


  • Reduced Costs – Test small-batch coating formulations in the laboratory before moving to production.
  • Higher Quality Results – Drawdown boards provide higher quality and more consistent results than performing drawdowns on other surfaces such as tabletops.
  • Less Operator Frustration – Lab technicians are more efficient when they are using the highest quality tools and accessories.


  • High quality glass construction
  • Sample retaining clip eliminates need for tape or other methods to secure the substrate
  • Rubber feet prevent movement of the board during drawdown tests


  • Material: High quality glass
  • Board Dimensions: 355mm (13.00in) x 254mm (10.00in) x 55mm (2.17in)
  • Board Weight: 3kg (6.6lbs)
  • Maximum Sample Size: 225mm (9.00in) x 290mm (11.25in)

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How to Order

Our engineering team will work with you to customize long-lasting metering rods for your application. Call us or use our online form to request a quote.

Call us at +1 216 431 6633


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Multinational Paper Mill in Australia

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Coating Manager
Leading U.S. Packaging Paper Plant

Buschman Delivers Consistent Quality

“It’s all about the quality of the rod we’re using to meter the product onto the paper. Without the proper rod application, your coating isn’t going to lay properly. Buschman has a quality product that performs the way it’s supposed to and they get it to us when we need it. They consistently meet all our expectations.”

Coated Products Manager
International Packaging Paper Producer

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“We’ve used Buschman for well over ten years. Buschman goes above and beyond: The quality of materials, the finished goods, the on-time deliveries. They go out of their way to get us the product we need.”

Coating Manager
Large Converter in Northern US

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“The quality of Buschman’s products is excellent. In the ten years we’ve been purchasing coating rods from them, we’ve had maybe two or three issues and they are minor issues. For the number of coating rods we purchase, that’s incredible. Their quality has been so high and they work so well with us that we don’t even consider looking at other vendors for our coating rod needs.”

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Leading Packaging Paper Producer in Southern US

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“Since we’ve opened the doors here, we’ve worked and had a great partnership with Buschman. They are a very highly reputable company and we’re proof of that as a happy customer. We have a lot of trust and faith in Buschman, so we just give them gold stars.”

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Large Multinational Packaging Paper Plant