ASTM D2053 - 99(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Colorfastness of Zippers to Light

    Active Standard ASTM D2053 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.54

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is useful in determining if the loss of color due to light exposure is satisfactory for the intended end-use.

    This test method is considered satisfactory for acceptance testing of commercial shipments because the method has been used extensively in the trade for acceptance testing.

    If there are differences of practical significance between reported test results for two laboratories (or more), comparative tests should be performed to determine if their is a statistical bias between them, using competent statistical assistance. As a minimum, the test samples should be used that are as homogeneous as possible, that are drawn from the material from which the disparate test results were obtained, and that are randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. Other materials with established test values may be used for this purpose. The test results from the two laboratories should be compared using a statistical test for unpaired data, at a probability level chosen prior to the testing series. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected, or future test results must be adjusted in consideration of the known bias.

    The test method(s) in this standard along with those in Test Methods D2051, D2052, D2054, D2057, D2058, D2059, D2060, D2061, and D2062 are a collection of proven zipper test methods. They can be used as aids in the evaluation of zippers without the need for a thorough knowledge of zippers. The enumerated test methods do not provide for the evaluation of all zipper properties. Besides those properties measured by means of the enumerated test methods there are other properties that may be important for the satisfactory performance of a zipper. Test methods for measuring those properties have not been published either because no practical methods have yet been developed or because a valid evaluation of the information resulting from existing unpublished methods requires an intimate and thorough knowledge of zippers.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the alteration in shade of the textile portion of zippers when exposed to light, regardless of the materials of manufacture.

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as the standard. Within the text, the inch-pound units are shown in parentheses. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with this test method.

    1.3 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D2050 Terminology Relating to Fasteners and Closures Used with Textiles

    D2051 Test Method for Durability of Finish of Zippers to Laundering

    D2052 Test Method for Colorfastness of Zippers to Drycleaning

    D2054 Test Method for Colorfastness of Zipper Tapes to Crocking

    D2057 Test Method for Colorfastness of Zippers to Laundering

    D2058 Test Method for Durability of Finish of Zippers to Drycleaning

    D2059 Test Method for Resistance of Zippers to Salt Spray (Fog)

    D2060 Test Methods for Measuring Zipper Dimensions

    D2061 Test Methods for Strength Tests for Zippers

    D2062 Test Methods for Operability of Zippers

    AATCC Methods

    EvaluationProcedure1 Gray Scale for Color Change


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 61.040 (Headgear. Clothing accessories. Fastening of clothing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 53141503(Zippers)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D2053-99R10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D2053-99(2010), Standard Test Method for Colorfastness of Zippers to Light, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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