ASTM D7163 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Specular Gloss of Printed Matter

    Active Standard ASTM D7163 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.56

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    Specular gloss is a very important appearance parameter of printed matter. High gloss may be preferred for some purposes such as magazine covers, packaging and advertising, while lower gloss is preferred for minimizing glare, for example, in reading text.

    This method provides a means of determining gloss of prints produced in the laboratory, or to monitor print gloss on a production printing press.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the procedure for determining the specular gloss of printed matter.

    1.2 This test is applicable to prints on any flat substrate including paper, paperboard, metallic foil and plastic produced by any printing process, either in the laboratory or on a production printing press.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, is any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and to 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

    D523 Test Method for Specular Gloss

    D528 Test Method for Machine Direction of Paper and Paperboard

    D1223 Test Method for Specular Gloss of Paper and Paperboard at 75

    D5039 Test Methods for Identification of Wire Side of Paper

    D7305 Test Method for Reflection Density of Printed Matter

    E284 Terminology of Appearance


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 60121800(Printing and drawing inks); 14121901(Standard newsprint)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D7163-11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D7163-11, Standard Test Method for Specular Gloss of Printed Matter, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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