ASTM F2293 - 03(2008)

    Standard Practice for Determining the Stain Resistance of Images Produced by Ink Jet Printers

    Active Standard ASTM F2293 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    Significance and Use

    This procedure may be used to determine how staining agents will affect color images produced by ink jet printers.

    Five different staining agents are used to determine stain resistance, mustard (yellow), coffee (black), cola, fruit punch, and water. Additional stains may be used as appropriate.

    The effect of the staining agent on the print patches is determined visually.

    Test results are useful for specification acceptance between producer and user, for quality control, and for research and product development.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers methods that can be used to determine the stain resistance of an image produced by an ink jet printer. Stain resistance is determined by placing a staining agent on printed patches and visually observing a change to the patches after the staining agent has been removed.

    1.2 This practice can be used to evaluate the primary print colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), the secondary colors (red, blue and green) and composite black (cyan plus magenta plus yellow).

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

    1.4 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.


    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

    F909 Terminology Relating to Printers

    F1125 Terminology of Image Quality in Impact Printing Systems

    F1174 Practice for Using a Personal Computer Printer as a Test Instrument

    F1623 Terminology Relating to Thermal Imaging Products

    F1857 Terminology Relating to Ink Jet Printers and Images Made Therefrom


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.080 (Inks. Printing inks)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 43212104(Inkjet printers)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2293-03R08

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