Gardner Color

(ASTM D 1544, ASTM D 6166, AOCS Td 1a, MS 817 Part 10)
Range: 1 – 18 units
Path Length: 10 mm
The Gardner Color scale as specified in ASTM D 1544 is a single number, one dimensional, color scale for grading the color of similarly colored liquids such as resins, varnishes, lacquers, drying oils, fatty acids, lecithin’s, sunflower oil and linseed oil. To comply with specifications a 10 mm path length must be used.  The scale ranges from a pale yellow to a red in shade and is described in terms of the values 1 – 18. The glass standards used with the comparator can achieve a resolution of 1 unit, automatic PFX and PFXi instruments 0.1.The light yellow Gardner color numbers [1 to 8] are based on potassium chloroplatinate solutions, numbers 9 to 18 on solutions of ferric chloride, cobaltous chloride and hydrochloric acid.  In 1958 The Tintometer Ltd were instrumental in the development of the master glass standards that were utilized when the current Gardner scale was specified in 1963; the earlier 1933 and 1953 versions are available upon request in the form of Comparator 2000 discs.







PFX 950

PFX 995

Color of Varnish/Oil

Gardner Comparator


PFX 995/P


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