ASTM D3723 - 05(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Pigment Content of Water-Emulsion Paints by Low-Temperature Ashing

    Active Standard ASTM D3723 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is used by paint producers and consumers for product process control and for product acceptance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for the pigment content determination of water-based paints. It is applicable only to pigments that do not decompose or lose weight at temperatures below 500°C. Such pigments include most metal oxides, silicates, and a majority of anhydrous inorganic salts.

    1.2 Many water-based paints contain pigments and organic colorants that lose water of hydration or decompose at this temperature. The residual ash should be carefully inspected for changes in color or texture that could indicate a pigment alteration and hence lead to erroneous results. Caution should therefore be exercised when applying this test method to samples containing unknown pigment compositions.

    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

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.060.10 (Pigments and extenders)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211502(Water based paints)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3723-05R11

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