ASTM D3618 - 05(2010)

    Standard Test Method for Detection of Lead in Paint and Dried Paint Films

    Active Standard ASTM D3618 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    The permissible level of heavy metals in certain coatings is specified by governmental regulatory agencies. This test method provides a fully documented procedure for determining low concentrations of lead present in both water and solvent-reducible coatings to determine compliance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is intended as a screening test to determine if the solids in a paint contain more than 0.5 % lead. The test described barely detects the presence of 0.4 % but gives a definite positive result at the 0.5 % level.

    Note 1—This test method may be used to detect the presence of lead at concentrations higher or lower than 0.5 % by making appropriate changes in the specimen size and reagent quantities specified.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 Paints giving an unexpected positive or questionable result should be analyzed quantitatively for lead, using Test Method D3335.

    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. Specific hazard statements are given in Section 7.


    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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D2832 Guide for Determining Volatile and Nonvolatile Content of Paint and Related Coatings

    D3335 Test Method for Low Concentrations of Lead, Cadmium, and Cobalt in Paint by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31210000(Paints and primers and finishes)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3618-05R10

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