ASTM D6166 - 12

    Standard Test Method for Color of Pine Chemicals and Related Products (Instrumental Determination of Gardner Color)

    Active Standard ASTM D6166 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.34

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.03


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method provides a more precise way of measuring Gardner color than described in Test Method D1544. It is applicable to pine chemical products having colors from Gardner 1 to Gardner 18. The Gardner scale is not applicable to materials with colors lighter than 1 or darker than 18.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the quantitative determination of the color of clear, yellow/brown, liquid materials using color measuring instruments. The results may be invalid if other materials are used. The test uses the Gardner color scale described in Test Method D1544. This test method applies to pine chemical products including tall oil, tall oil fatty acids, rosin, and related products.

    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 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, problems 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

    D1544 Test Method for Color of Transparent Liquids (Gardner Color Scale)

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

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

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31210000(Paints and primers and finishes)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6166-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6166-12, Standard Test Method for Color of Pine Chemicals and Related Products (Instrumental Determination of Gardner Color), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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