ASTM D1208-96(2019) - 1.6.2019
Significance and Use

3.1 This collection of test methods is used by pigment producers and paint manufacturers for process control, for product acceptance, and for research and development.

1. Scope

1.1 These test methods cover procedures for determining certain properties of pigments. The procedures appear in the following order:

Dry Pigments



Loss on Ignition and Ash


Matter Soluble in Water


Hydrogen Ion Concentration (pH Value)


Alkalinity or Acidity by Titration

7 and 8

Water Content (Distillation Method)

9 and 10


Pigment Pastes in Oil



Water Content (Distillation Method)

9 and 10

Pigment Content of Paste in Oil


Total Volatile Matter in Paste in Oil


1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.4 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.

2. Referenced Documents


Test Methods for Hygroscopic Moisture (and Other Matter Volatile Under the Test Conditions) in Pigments


Test Method for pH of Aqueous Solutions With the Glass Electrode


Test Methods for Chemical Analysis of Blue Pigments


Test Method for Water in Petroleum Products and Bituminous Materials by Distillation