ASTM D281 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Oil Absorption of Pigments by Spatula Rub-out

    Active Standard ASTM D281 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.24

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    The oil absorption value obtained by this test method gives information about the vehicle demand of the pigment when it is used in a pigment paste. Oil absorption values can be used to characterize pigments or batches of a given pigment.

    This test method differs from Test Method D1483 in that D1483 involves only a gentle stirring and folding of the pigment, whereas this test method requires a thorough rubbing action. Because the end points are different, the values obtained from the two test methods generally differ.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the oil absorption of pigments by the spatula rub-out technique.

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

    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

    D1483 Test Method for Oil Absorption of Pigments by Gardner-Coleman Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.060.10 (Pigments and extenders)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12171600(Pigments)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0281-12

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