ASTM D4960 - 08(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Color for Thermoplastic Traffic Marking Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D4960 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.44

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method provides a standard procedure for the determination of color of thermoplastic traffic marking materials. This test method can be used in conjunction with various thermoplastic pavement marking specifications to determine compliance of the material to said specification. This method can also be used by manufacturers of these materials to determine the uniformity of thermoplastic traffic marking materials from batch to batch.

    5.2 There is a slight variation in color standards and colorimeters. This test method is only applicable when results are reported with information listing the instrument model designation and calibration standard.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the instrumental determination of color of thermoplastic traffic marking materials using the CIE tristimulus color measurement system.

    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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D7307 Practice for Sampling of Thermoplastic Traffic Marking Materials

    D7308 Practice for Sample Preparation of Thermoplastic Traffic Marking Materials

    E179 Guide for Selection of Geometric Conditions for Measurement of Reflection and Transmission Properties of Materials

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System

    E313 Practice for Calculating Yellowness and Whiteness Indices from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates

    E1164 Practice for Obtaining Spectrometric Data for Object-Color Evaluation

    E1347 Test Method for Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus Colorimetry

    E1349 Test Method for Reflectance Factor and Color by Spectrophotometry Using Bidirectional (45:0 or 0:45) Geometry

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes); 93.080.30 (Road equipment and installations)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30121700(Road and railroad construction materials)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4960

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