SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1972

Mass Color and Tinting Strength


The color, when viewed by reflected light, of a pigment-vehicle mixture of such thickness as to obscure completely the background is called the mass color (MC) of the pigment. Sometimes this is called mass-tone, over-tone, or self-color. MC encompasses lightness, hue, and saturation. Although generally applied to colored pigments, it may be also applied to white pigments.

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Developed by Committee: D01
Pages: 41–51
DOI: 10.1520/STP37143S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4607-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0099-2