Paints & coatings

Standards for paints cover a wide range of applications, including steel structures, masonry and wood. The majority of the standards are test methods for paints, paint components and related materials but there are also specifications for some products; standards for the preparation of steel surfaces; colour standards; codes of practice, and a vocabulary.

Generally the standards would be used as the basis for contracts for purchasing materials and for work on the protection and decoration of buildings, such as airports, schools and hospitals, as well as other structures, such as ships, oil rigs and bridges.

The standards will be of use to manufacturers; contractors; architects and other specifiers; testing laboratories, and inspectors in many different industries.

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Key standards

BS EN ISO 2409:2013
Paints and varnishes. Cross-cut test

BS EN ISO 12944-5:2018                                                                                                  Paints and varnishes. Corrosion protection of steel structures by protective paint systems. Protective paint systems

BS 7079:2009
General introduction to standards for preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products

BS EN ISO 8501-4:2006
Preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products. Visual assessment of surface cleanliness Initial surface conditions, preparation grades and flash rust grades in connection with high-pressure water jetting

BS EN ISO 2812-1:2017
Paints and varnishes. Determination of resistance to liquids Immersion in liquids other than water

BS EN ISO 2808:2007, BS 3900-C5:2007
Paints and varnishes. Determination of film thickness

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