ASTM D1535-07

    Standard Practice for Specifying Color by the Munsell System


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice provides a means of specifying the colors of objects in terms of the Munsell color order system, a system based on the color-perception attributes hue, lightness, and chroma. The practice is limited to opaque objects, such as painted surfaces viewed in daylight by an observer having normal color vision. This practice provides a simple visual method as an alternative to the more precise and more complex method based on spectrophotometry and the CIE system (see Practices E 308 and E 1164). Provision is made for conversion of CIE data to Munsell notation.

    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

    D1729 Practice for Visual Appraisal of Colors and Color Differences of Diffusely-Illuminated Opaque Materials

    D3134 Practice for Establishing Color and Gloss Tolerances

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System

    E1164 Practice for Obtaining Spectrometric Data for Object-Color Evaluation


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.180.20 (Colours and measurement of light); 87.040 (Paints and varnishes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/D1535-07

    Citation Format

    ASTM D1535-07, Standard Practice for Specifying Color by the Munsell System, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007, www.astm.org

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