ASTM D6688 - 11

    Standard Practice for Relative Resistance of Printed Matter to Liquid Chemicals by a Sandwich Technique

    Active Standard ASTM D6688 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    Many types of printed matter, notably container labels, packaging materials, magazine and book covers, must be resistant to liquid materials that may contact them advertently or inadvertently. This practice permits an assessment of resistance of printed matter to several types of liquids.

    The requirement that a reference print be run at the same time as the test print minimizes effects of atmospheric conditions (humidity and temperature) and other variations which may develop.

    This practice can be used to determine whether new formulations are suitable for the end-use purpose and for specification acceptance between producer and user.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers the evaluation of the relative resistance of printed matter to liquid chemicals, as evidenced by lack of discoloration, bleeding, or loss of gloss.

    1.2 This practice utilizes a sandwich procedure similar in principle to ISO/TC 130 N 589. Spotting or immersion procedures are covered in Test Methods D1308, D1647, and D2248.

    1.3 This practice is applicable to prints on any flat substrate including paper, paperboard, metallic foil, metal plate, and plastic films, and produced by any printing process including letterpress, offset lithography, flexography, gravure, silk screen, and non-impact.

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

    1.5 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. For specific hazard statements, see 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.

    Other Standards

    ISO/TC130N589 Graphic Technology-Prints and Printing Inks-Assessment of Resistance to Various Agents Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    ASTM Standards

    D1308 Test Method for Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes

    D1647 Test Methods for Resistance of Dried Films of Varnishes to Water and Alkali

    D2248 Practice for Detergent Resistance of Organic Finishes


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.080 (Inks. Printing inks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6688-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6688-11, Standard Practice for Relative Resistance of Printed Matter to Liquid Chemicals by a Sandwich Technique, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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