ASTM D2486 - 06(2012)e1

    Standard Test Methods for Scrub Resistance of Wall Paints

    Active Standard ASTM D2486 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.42

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    Paints often become soiled, especially near doorways, windows, and in work and play areas. These test methods cover the determination of the relative resistance of different paints to erosion when repeatedly scrubbed during the life of the paint.

    Test Method D4213 is a similar scrub resistance test using a weight-loss technique and reporting volumetric film erosion rates.

    Test Method A measures scrub resistance by the traditional cycles-to-failure concept. Poor correlation in scrub testing can be attributable to among other things variations in the stiffness of the brush bristles, condition of washability tester, application and drying conditions. In an attempt to improve reproducibility, Test Method B has been developed.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover a procedure for determining the resistance of wall paints to erosion caused by scrubbing, referred to herein after as scrub resistance.

    1.2 Two test methods are covered as follows:

    1.2.1 Test Method ACycles-to-failure obtained on test paint.

    1.2.2 Test Method BRatio expressed as a percentage of cycles-to-failure obtained on the test paint to that obtained on a concurrent run with a known reference paint.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information 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.


    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

    D3924 Specification for Environment for Conditioning and Testing Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Materials

    D4213 Test Method for Scrub Resistance of Paints by Abrasion Weight Loss


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211500(Paints and primers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D2486-06R12E01

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