Persistence of Floor Coating Solvents

    Volume 46, Issue 6 (November 2001)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Page Count: 4

    Lentini, JJ
    Director, Fire Laboratory, Applied Technical Services, Inc., Marietta, GA

    (Received 15 December 2000; accepted 13 March 2001)


    Using passive headspace concentration as described in ASTM E 1412 and gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric (GC/MS) analysis as described in ASTM E 1618, the author has studied the persistence of solvents in floor coating materials. Both oak and pine flooring boards were tested using stain, stain with polyurethane varnish, and oil finish after a period of ten months and 24 months. The solvents from all three floor-coating substances were easily detectable after 24 months, and showed no signs of diminution when compared with the samples tested earlier. These results point out the need for the submission of comparison samples whenever wood flooring samples are submitted for fire debris analysis in suspected arson cases.

    Paper ID: JFS15173J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15173J

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    Title Persistence of Floor Coating Solvents
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30