ASTM D7856 - 14

    Standard Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Solid and Variegated Color Plastic Siding Products using CIELab Color Space

    Active Standard ASTM D7856 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.24

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.03


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification establishes requirements and test methods for the color and appearance retention of solid and variegated colored plastic siding products.

    1.2 Color retention testing provides a method for estimating the acceptability of color change in a siding product over a period of years of service. The exposure locations and durations specified in this standard have been shown to provide a good estimation of the color change in a siding product over a period of years of service (see 2.2).

    1.3 This specification is a successor to Specifications D6864 and D7251, which cover solid colors and variegated colors, respectively. This specification combines coverage for both, and has the same scope as those standards.

    1.4 Specifications D6864 and D7251 use Hunter Lab color space for measurement of colors and evaluation of color change. These standards require classification of colors into regions based on the L, a, and b coordinates of the color, and evaluation of color changes is done using an ellipsoid value equation having unique coefficients for each color region. This specification uses CIE 1976 L* a* b* color space for measurement and evaluation of color change. Using this method, the need for separate color regions and evaluation equations has been eliminated.

    1.5 Provisions for sample selection and preparation, and weathering are the same in this specification as in Specifications D6864 and D7251.

    1.6 Characterization of color and appearance for variegated colors is complicated by the presence of multiple colors in a random pattern. The procedure for measuring variegated colors in this specification is based on using a template to reference six spots for color measurement.

    1.7 This standard specifies outdoor weathering in three specific climate zones for a single 24-month exposure, and the color retention performance requirements under these conditions are established to predict acceptable performance for the expected service life. However, nothing in this standard precludes the use of different or additional climate zones, or different exposure durations, so long as those conditions are clearly specified in any reports.

    1.8 Units—The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.9 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.

    Note 1There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.


    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

    D660 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Checking of Exterior Paints

    D661 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Cracking of Exterior Paints

    D662 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Erosion of Exterior Paints

    D714 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Blistering of Paints

    D772 Test Method for Evaluating Degree of Flaking (Scaling) of Exterior Paints

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1435 Practice for Outdoor Weathering of Plastics

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D2244 Practice for Calculation of Color Tolerances and Color Differences from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates

    D4214 Test Methods for Evaluating the Degree of Chalking of Exterior Paint Films

    D6864 Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Solid Colored Plastic Siding Products

    D7251 Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Variegated Color Plastic Siding Products

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications

    E805 Practice for Identification of Instrumental Methods of Color or Color-Difference Measurement of Materials

    G147 Practice for Conditioning and Handling of Nonmetallic Materials for Natural and Artificial Weathering Tests

    Other Reference

    VS2W Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI) Technical Research Report for Weatherability of Vinyl Siding Products Available from Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), National Housing Center, 1201 15th Street NW, Suite 220, Washington, DC 20005, http://www.vinylsiding.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.070 (Colour coding); 83.080.01 (Plastics in general)

    DOI: 10.1520/D7856

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