This guide covers the selection and use of procedures for
testing solvent-borne coatings to be used on exterior, interior or
both types of surfaces (see Note 1). The properties that can be
examined or, in some cases, the relevant test procedures are listed
in Table 1 and Table 2.
NOTE 1 - The term "architectural coating" as used here combines
the definition in Terminology D 16 with that in the FSCT
Paint/Coatings Dictionary, as follows: "Organic coatings intended
for on-site application to interior or exterior surfaces of
residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial buildings, in
contrast to industrial coatings. They are protective and decorative
finishes applied at ambient temperatures. Often called Trade Sales
NOTE 2 - Architectural coatings that are designed to give better
performance than most conventional coatings because they are
tougher and more stain- and abrasion-resistant are covered by Guide
The types of organic coatings covered by this guide are as
(1) Type 1 Interior Low-Gloss Wall Finish,
(2) Type 2 Interior Gloss and Semigloss Wall and Trim
(3) Type 3 Exterior House and Trim Coatings, and
(4) Type 4 Floor Enamel, Exterior and/or Interior.
Each is intended for application by brushing, rolling, spraying,
or other means to the materials appropriate for its type, which may
include wood, plaster, wallboard, masonry, steel, previously
painted surfaces, and other architectural substrates.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the
standard. The values given in parentheses are for information
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 and
health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory
limitations prior to use.