ASTM D3456 - 86(2012)

    Standard Practice for Determining by Exterior Exposure Tests the Susceptibility of Paint Films to Microbiological Attack

    Active Standard ASTM D3456 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.28

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The growth of fungi and algae in and on the surface of paint films represents a major cause of discoloration or disfigurement of painted surfaces. This practice covers the preparation of coatings for testing, their application on substrates, and the arrangement of the coated panels on exterior test fences to determine the degree of microbiological attack that may occur on the surface of the coatings over a period of time. This practice is intended to provide guidelines for, and a discussion of, the various factors critical in selection of exterior coatings resistant to discoloration or disfigurement by algae and fungi.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice provides guidelines for determining the susceptibility of paint films to microbiological attack on exterior exposure. While it is recognized that various organisms may occur on an exposed coating, the specific types of organisms are mainly of academic interest. The degree to which microbiological discoloration occurs is the primary concern.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the 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

    D1006 Practice for Conducting Exterior Exposure Tests of Paints on Wood

    D1849 Test Method for Package Stability of Paint

    D3274 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Surface Disfigurement of Paint Films by Fungal or Algal Growth, or Soil and Dirt Accumulation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31210000(Paints and primers and finishes); 70141602(Biological control services)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3456-86R12

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