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Significance and Use
5.1 The rejection of materials due to color is a common and expensive occurrence, and it is useful for a customer and producer to set color specifications with an associated tolerance before the transaction. This guide discusses the concept and details the ASTM standards to be used in the process.
1.1 This guide leads the user through a process for establishing color specifications, including the target color and allowable tolerances. It refers to the appropriate ASTM standards that more thoroughly describe each step of the process beginning with expectations, encompassing caveats within the process and finally concluding with reporting.
1.2 This guide does not suggest numerical values for tolerances. These values must be agreed upon by the parties involved.
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.
D523 Test Method for Specular Gloss
D1729 Practice for Visual Appraisal of Colors and Color Differences of Diffusely-Illuminated Opaque Materials
D2244 Practice for Calculation of Color Tolerances and Color Differences from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates
D3134 Practice for Establishing Color and Gloss Tolerances
D3964 Practice for Selection of Coating Specimens for Appearance Measurements
D4086 Practice for Visual Evaluation of Metamerism
D4449 Test Method for Visual Evaluation of Gloss Differences Between Surfaces of Similar Appearance
D5531 Guide for Preparation, Maintenance, and Distribution of Physical Product Standards for Color and Geometric Appearance of Coatings
E179 Guide for Selection of Geometric Conditions for Measurement of Reflection and Transmission Properties of Materials
E284 Terminology of Appearance
E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System
E805 Practice for Identification of Instrumental Methods of Color or Color-Difference Measurement of Materials
E1164 Practice for Obtaining Spectrometric Data for Object-Color Evaluation
E1345 Practice for Reducing the Effect of Variability of Color Measurement by Use of Multiple Measurements
E1347 Test Method for Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus Colorimetry
E1499 Guide for Selection, Evaluation, and Training of Observers
E1708 Practice for Electronic Interchange of Color and Appearance Data
E1808 Guide for Designing and Conducting Visual Experiments
E2214 Practice for Specifying and Verifying the Performance of Color-Measuring Instruments
E2867 Practice for Estimating Uncertainty of Test Results Derived from Spectrophotometry
CIE PublicationsCIE Publication 015
ICS Number Code 01.070 (Colour coding)
UNSPSC Code 55121613(Color coding labels)
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ASTM D7195-16a, Standard Guide for Setting Object Color Specifications, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top