ASTM WK44253

    Revision of D4302 - 05(2010) Standard Specification for Artists' Oil, Resin-Oil, and Alkyd Paints

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    Active Standard: D4302 - 05(2010)

    Developed by Subcommittee: D01.57 | Committee D01 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Rationale

    The Labeling Requirements section of D4302 has not been revised or revisited for quite some time and as a consequence has fallen out of sync with current labeling practices and pressures that manufacturers are trying to balance. The suggested revisions are an attempt to update the requirements in light of the following: 1) That the label has become increasingly crowded with competing needs from US State and Federal regulations, foreign regulations, requirements imposed by large scale vendors, and the needs for marketing and brand identification. Of particular stress has been the growing demand by many entities to have all information translated and appear on the label in as many as three languages. 2) That since these requirements were drafted, the delivery of information has significantly changed, with electronic and online documents becoming commonplace and easily accessible to the majority of customers. As such, the internet has becomes a viable alternative for the posting and easy retrieval for some of the information that currently must appear on the label. 3)That the current requirements include aspects of labeling that seem unnecessary. For example, most consumers know almost instinctively to look on the back of a label for any listing of ingredients, so requiring (Mixture) to appear under the name of a color whenever using a blend of pigments seems dispensable with little loss as this fact is immediately obvious when looking on the back. 4) That certain color names no longer point to a commonly used or broadly manufactured pigment, and have not done so for quite some time. As such, most people and companies use these designations to describe a specific type of color rather than a specific pigment. Well known examples include Indian Yellow and Sap Green as both of these have not be made in well over a century or more. Because of that, requiring the word Hue in these cases seems excessive. However we currently have no mechanism for allowing a historical name for a pigment to be used more broadly, nor a way to protect the interests of those smaller manufacturers who might still offer these colors in their original form. To address all of the above, we are proposing changing the wording on various subsections of the Labeling Requirements, as well as the creation of new subsections and a table to be included in the Appendix.


    artists' alkyd paints; artists' oil paints; artists' resin-oil paints; lightfastness; quality requirements; test specimens; Acrylic latex paints--specifications; Alkyd resins; Artists' materials/applications--specifications; Color--paints/related coatings/materials; Color index; Gum content (washed/unwashed); Oil content; Paint materials/applications--specifications; Pigments (general properties); Solventborne paints/coatings; Vegetable origin;
    Citing ASTM Standards
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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Sarah Sands


    D01 (14-02)

    Ballot Item Approved as D4302-2014 and Pending Publication