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Significance and Use
The tack-free time is a measure of the surface cure time and may generally be correlated to a variety of useful parameters such as the time interval before the sealant (1) resists damage by touch or light surface contact, (2) resists job-site or airborne dirt pick-up, (3) resists impinging rainfall.
The tack-free time is sometimes used as an on-the-job quality assurance test. A quality product that is consistent and reproducible will generally fall within a maximum and minimum tack-free time.
This test for tack-free time can be used at any temperature and humidity. It is important that if a sealant will be used in a climate quite different than the standard conditions called out in this test method, then those conditions be used to test the sealant.
1.1 This test method covers a procedure for the determination of the tack-free time property of single- and multi-component elastomeric sealants commonly used for sealing, caulking, and glazing in buildings and related construction.
1.2 This test method is applicable to self-leveling and non-sag grades of sealant. Sealants requiring slight heating to facilitate extrusion from the cartridge or gun are also described by this test method.
Note 1—See Specification C 920
1.3 The values stated in metric units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information purposes only.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Note 2—Currently, there is no ISO standard similar to this specification.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C717 Terminology of Building Seals and Sealants
C920 Specification for Elastomeric Joint Sealants
ICS Number Code 83.060 (Rubber); 91.100.50 (Binders. Sealing materials)
UNSPSC Code 31200000(Adhesives and sealants)
ASTM C679-03(2009)e1, Standard Test Method for Tack-Free Time of Elastomeric Sealants, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top