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ASTM D4139-04

Standard Guide for Determining Volatile and Nonvolatile Content of Pigments

Significance and Use

The nonvolatile content of raw materials may be used to determine the total nonvolatile content (solids) of paint and related coatings. Such information may be useful to coatings producers and users for the determination of the total solids available for film formation and for the estimation of the volatile organic content.


1.1 This guide is intended to aid in the selection of the proper ASTM test method for determining the volatile and nonvolatile content of pigments.

Note 1—Test methods for determining the composition of the volatile fraction are not covered by this guide.

1.2 The standards included are as follows:

D 280
StandardSectionASTM Designation
Inert or low hiding pigmentsD 280
White pigments D 280
Black pigments D 280
D 1509
Aluminum and zinc pigments
D 480
Blue pigments D 280
D 1135
Green pigments D 280
Yellow, orange, brown pigmentsD 280
D 3724
Red pigments D 280

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Book of Standards Volume: 06.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D01.31
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/D4139-04