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ASTM D1500 - ASTM Color of Petroleum Products (ASTM Color Scale)


We perform quality testing by ASTM D1500 to visually determine the color of lubricants, oils, petroleum waxes, and other petroleum products. Determination of the color of petroleum products is used mainly for manufacturing control purposes and is an important quality characteristic, since color is readily observed by the user of the product. In some cases, the color may serve as an indication of the degree of refinement of the material. When the color range of a particular product is known, a variation outside the established range may indicate possible contamination with another product. However, color is not always a reliable guide to product quality and should not be used indiscriminately in product specifications.

We also perform color analysis by ASTM D156, ASTM D6045ASTM D848IP 196, and ISO 2049.These different test methods use different instruments or procedures or are used for certain sample types. Click on the test method number to learn more about each test.

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Sample quantity required: 100 ml

ASTM D1500 corresponds to ISO 2049 and IP 196.

For additional information on this test method or to purchase a copy of the method, please click HERE to open a new window and visit the ASTM website.