Micom Laboratories is proud to announce that it now offers the ASTM D6625 standard as part of its UV testing services . This method describes a procedure which allows to assess the protective behavior of a polish film through the use of UV exposure, heat and moisture. Indeed, this methodology is centered on a periodical evaluation of the gloss attribute of the sample as a means to characterize this property.
ASTM D6625 test
The objective of ASTM D6625 is to appraise the shielding ability of a polish towards decaying occasioned by sunlight and humidity through an accelerated weathering test. The latter consists on simulating the deterioration caused by UV radiations and moisture by exposing the sample to a structured cycle composed of phases of condensation and fluorescent UV exposure. To summarize, this simulation replicates the characteristics of an outdoor environment by exposing the protected and the unprotected area of the specimen to test conditions that are maintained inside of an apparatus as a means to study the protective capacity of a polish on a hasten basis. Furthermore, the gloss of each section is periodically monitored throughout the entire length of the exposure as a means to observe the evolution of this attribute. Lastly, it is important to state that test protocol does not provide a correlation which can be used to envision the performance of the specimen into the field. However, the latter may serve as a tool to appraise the relative performance of the sample towards other polishes subjected to the same test conditions.
Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D6625 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.
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My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.