ASTM D1208 - 96(2019)

    Standard Test Methods for Common Properties of Certain Pigments

    Active Standard ASTM D1208 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.31

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.03

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    Significance and Use

    3.1 This collection of test methods is used by pigment producers and paint manufacturers for process control, for product acceptance, and for research and development.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for determining certain properties of pigments. The procedures appear in the following order:

    Dry Pigments



    Loss on Ignition and Ash


    Matter Soluble in Water


    Hydrogen Ion Concentration (pH Value)


    Alkalinity or Acidity by Titration

    7 and 8

    Water Content (Distillation Method)

    9 and 10


    Pigment Pastes in Oil



    Water Content (Distillation Method)

    9 and 10

    Pigment Content of Paste in Oil


    Total Volatile Matter in Paste in Oil


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

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    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

    D95 Test Method for Water in Petroleum Products and Bituminous Materials by Distillation

    D280 Test Methods for Hygroscopic Moisture (and Other Matter Volatile Under the Test Conditions) in Pigments

    D1135 Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Blue Pigments

    E70 Test Method for pH of Aqueous Solutions With the Glass Electrode

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 87.060.10 (Pigments and extenders)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31211503(Pigment paints)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D1208-96R19

    Citation Format

    ASTM D1208-96(2019), Standard Test Methods for Common Properties of Certain Pigments, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019,

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