ASTM D2574 – Antimicrobial Test – Paint

ASTM D2574 is the standard antimicrobial test method for evaluating the resistance of emulsion paints in a can or container to microbial growth.

Antimicrobial preservation performance in paint is important to maintain over the course of a paints shelf life and during its expected use.

ASTM D2574 is designed to expose products to mixed fungal and bacterial cultures in a controlled setting over the course of 2 weeks.

ASTM D2574 challenges samples of one or more paints that contain various levels of one or more biocides and have a known amount of bacteria.

This process is done in order to rate the ability of the test paint(s) to control the “contamination.”

Results from the ASTM test method D2574 can help manufacturers select an the most effective preservative and evaluate the performance of their emulsion paint additive in comparison to competitive and developmental preservatives.

Additionally, testing for antimicrobial efficacy allows for manufactures to determine what may or may not be working during product development before manufacturing the finished product.  Antimicrobial testing during product development is key to cost containment and efficient production time.

Additional Product Testing for Paint

Another important part of product development focuses on how a material like paint in its liquid form will affect the environment while in use and after disposal.  Evaluating a paint’s biodegradability or toxicological effects on the environment and living organisms is an important quality that can increase market value and distinguish the product from other paints.  The surfactants, latex, or other binder systems can be tested for biodegradability and toxicity to determine how a paint in its finished form might degrade and affect its surrounding environment.

For more information about ASTM D2574 and Antimicrobial testing, contact our antimicrobial lab at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com.

Situ Biosciences to Present at Personal Care EXPO

Come check out our booth #332!

Situ Biosciences will be at the Teamworks Expo in April to showcase our technical expertise in the personal care and cosmetic industry. Our team will go over product performance testing and formulation development, and be able to discuss a variety of services that help our customers meet their testing needs.

When: April 11, 2018

Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center:
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Come visit our booth: #332

Please let us know if you would  like to set up a meeting at the conference.

Feel free to contact our laboratory at (847) 483-9950 or info@situtest.com