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ASTM D6441-05(2024)

Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Hiding Power of Powder Coatings

Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Hiding Power of Powder Coatings D6441-05R24 ASTM|D6441-05R24|en-US Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Hiding Power of Powder Coatings Standard new BOS Vol. 06.02 Committee D01
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Significance and Use

5.1 Contrast ratio at a specified film thickness is a useful hiding power parameter for production control and purchasing specifications.

5.2 The greater the hiding power, the less coating is required per unit area to obtain adequate hiding. Knowledge of hiding power is therefore important in regard to coating costs and for comparing coating value.


1.1 These test methods determine and report the hiding power of a powder coating with respect to two parameters:

1.1.1 Test Method A—Contrast Ratio at a given film thickness

1.1.2 Test Method B—Film thickness at 0.98 (98 %) contrast ratio.

Note 1: The measured parameters follow powder coating industry practice by measuring hiding power in relation to film thickness, rather than the “Spreading Rate” function employed in Test Methods D344 and D2805 and other hiding power test methods.

Note 2: Hiding power is photometrically defined as the spreading rate at 0.98 contrast ratio. See definitions of spreading rate and hiding power in Terminology D16, D2805, and the Paint and Coatings Testing Manual.

Note 3: The contrast ratio 0.98 is conventionally accepted in the coatings industry as representing “complete” hiding for reflectometric hiding power measurements. But visually, as well as photometrically, it is slightly less than complete.

1.2 These test methods cover the determination of the hiding power of powder coatings applied by electrostatic spraying.

1.3 These test methods determine hiding power by means of reflectometric and thickness gauge measurements. They are limited to coatings having a minimum CIE-Y reflectance of 15 %.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.5 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.

1.6 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 06.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D01.51
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.1520/D6441-05R24
ICS Code: 87.040