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Project Status: complete

Report Published February 1995:

Title: Testing of architectural and industrial maintenance coatings.

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Harlan, Harold R

Contractor: Harlan Associates

Contract Number: 92-339

Research Program Area: Emissions Monitoring & Control

Topic Areas: Stationary Sources


This study covers testing and analyses of commercially available architectural and industrial maintenance coatings. both solvent and water-borne. The project included determination of the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contents along with physical testing of the performance properties of the samples.

A general testing schedule was presented by the California Air Resources Board (CARD), and amended to meet each category to be tested. A total of 110 products were tested, under eight categories.

Samples for evaluation were obtained by the Contractor from a list supplied by CARB, delivered to CARB for "blind" coding (to mask the manufacturer identity of the coating), then returned to the Contractor for splitting/transferring to smaller containers. Specimens of each sample were supplied to the subcontractors for partial testing as directed by the contract.

VOC and performance tests on the samples were conducted by the Contractor and subcontractors, utilizing test methods cited or developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Federal Test Method Standard (FTMS), Federal Specifications and the Contractor. Data were compiled for each product evaluated and is presented in this report. No comparison of the properties or performance of the samples was required by this contract.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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