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Significance and Use
4.1 Defacement of paint and coating films by fungal growth (mold, mildew) is a common phenomenon, and defacement by algal growth can also occur under certain conditions. It is generally known that differences in the environment, lighting, temperature, humidity, substrate pH, and other factors in addition to the coating composition affect the susceptibility of a given painted surface. This test method attempts to provide a means to comparatively evaluate different coating formulations for their relative performance under a given set of conditions. It does not imply that a coating that resists growth under these conditions will necessarily resist growth in the actual application.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D822 Practice for Filtered Open-Flame Carbon-Arc Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
D3273 Test Method for Resistance to Growth of Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber
D3456 Practice for Determining by Exterior Exposure Tests the Susceptibility of Paint Films to Microbiological Attack
D4141 Practice for Conducting Black Box and Solar Concentrating Exposures of Coatings
D4587 Practice for Fluorescent UV-Condensation Exposures of Paint and Related Coatings
D5031 Practice for Enclosed Carbon-Arc Exposure Tests of Paint and Related Coatings
G21 Practice for Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi
ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)
UNSPSC Code 46181533(Protective coats)
ASTM D5590-00(2010)e1, Standard Test Method for Determining the Resistance of Paint Films and Related Coatings to Fungal Defacement by Accelerated Four-Week Agar Plate Assay, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top