ASTM D6886-03

    Standard Test Method for Speciation of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Low VOC Content Waterborne Air-Dry Coatings by Gas Chromatograpy


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method is for the determination of the weight percent of individual volatile organic compounds in low VOC content waterborne latex air-dry coatings. The method is intended primarily for analysis of waterborne coatings in which the material VOC content is below 5 weight percent. The method has been used successfully with higher VOC content waterborne coatings.

    1.2 This method may also be used to measure the exempt volatile organic compound content (acetone, methyl acetate, and p-chlorobezotrifluoride) of waterborne coatings. The methodology is virtually identical to that used in Test Method D 6133 and similar to that used in Test Method D 6438.

    1.3 Volatile compounds that are present at the 0.05 weight percent level or greater can be determined. Solid phase microextraction will detect volatile compounds at lower levels.

    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

    D1475 Test Method for Density of Liquid Coatings, Inks, and Related Products

    D2369 Test Method for Volatile Content of Coatings

    D3792 Test Method for Water Content of Coatings by Direct Injection Into a Gas Chromatograph

    D3925 Practice for Sampling Liquid Paints and Related Pigmented Coatings

    D3960 Practice for Determining Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Paints and Related Coatings

    D4017 Test Method for Water in Paints and Paint Materials by Karl Fischer Method

    D6133 Test Method for Acetone, p-Chlorobenzotrifluoride, Methyl Acetate or t-Butyl Acetate Content of Solventborne and Waterborne Paints, Coatings, Resins, and Raw Materials by Direct Injection Into a Gas Chromatograph

    D7358 Test Method for Water Content of Paints by Quantitative Calcium Hydride Reaction Test Kit

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    Other Documents

    40 CFR 51.100 (s) List of components that EPA has classified as VOC-exempt

    EPA Method 24 Determination of Volatile Matter Content, Water Content, Density, Volume Solids, and Weight Solids of Surface Coatings

    SCAQMD M313 Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry/Flame Ionization Detection (GC/MS/FID)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211504(Coating paints)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D6886-03

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    ASTM D6886-03, Standard Test Method for Speciation of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Low VOC Content Waterborne Air-Dry Coatings by Gas Chromatograpy, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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