ASTM D1500-03

    Standard Test Method for ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale)


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the visual determination of the color of a wide variety of petroleum products such as lubricating oils, heating oils, diesel fuel oils, and petroleum waxes.

    Note 1—Test Method D 156 is applicable to refined products that have an ASTM color lighter than 0.5. IP Method 17 includes a procedure for measuring the color of undyed, refined products such as gasoline, white spirit, and kerosine by comparison with a series of IP Standard glasses. It also includes a procedure by which petroleum products, except black oils and bitumens, may be measured for tint and depth of color in terms of Lovibond units by a series of red, yellow, and blue glasses.

    1.2 This test method reports results specific to the test method and recorded as "ASTM Color."

    1.3 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

    D156 Test Method for Saybolt Color of Petroleum Products (Saybolt Chromometer Method)

    D938 Test Method for Congealing Point of Petroleum Waxes, Including Petrolatum

    D2500 Test Method for Cloud Point of Petroleum Products and Liquid Fuels

    D4057 Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.180.20 (Colours and measurement of light); 75.080 (Petroleum products in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101500(Petroleum and distillates)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D1500-03

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    ASTM D1500-03, Standard Test Method for ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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