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D5201 - 05a Standard Practice for Calculating Formulation Physical Constants of Paints and Coatings

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Revision Date: March 01, 2010
Updated On: March 23, 2010
Editorial Change:
Physical constants of paints and coatings are required in all aspects of their formulation, manufacture and use. This practice demonstrates standard methods agreed upon for calculating formulation values for some of these physical constants. The calculations are the same for either metric or inch/pound units.

These formula values may not be used to replace measured values required by government regulations unless specifically stated in the governing documents.

Some regulations allow compliance determination using formulation data instead of analytical data. This formulation data may not yield the same results as the required analytical method, which could be performed on a sample from any production batch of the coating. In these cases, the user may wish to compare formulation data to analytical data and develop a factor that adjusts for variability of raw materials, variability of production batches, cure volatiles, and variability of the analytical methods.

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