Soil Tracking Paint Test, MLR-89-13, 1989

(1989) Soil Tracking Paint Test, MLR-89-13, 1989. Transportation, Department of


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A new paint testing device was built to determine the resistance of paints to darkening due to road grime being tracked onto them. The device consists of a tire rotating on a sample drum. Soil was applied to the tire and then tracked onto paint samples which were attached to the drum. A colorimeter was used to measure the lightness of the paints after being tracked. Lightness is measured from 0 (absolute black) to 100 (absolute white). Four experiments were run to determine the optimum time length to track a sample, the reproducibility, the effects of different soils, and the maximum acceptable level for darkening of a paint. The following conclusions were reached: 1) the optimum tracking time was 10 minutes; 2) the reproducibility had a standard deviation of 1.5 lightness units; 3) different soils did not have a large effect on the amount of darkening on the paints; 4) a maximum acceptable darkness could not be established based on the limited amount of data; and 5) a correlation exists between the paints which were darkening in the field and the paints which were turning the darkest on the tracking wheel.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Experiments, Soils, Test procedures, Testing equipment, Traffic paint, Weight
Subjects: Transportation > Pavements
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
ID Code: 17173
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2014 15:36
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 15:36