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Gray Scale Hiding Power Paint Chart

Article No. 12737

Leneta 24B Opacimeter Chart 250/Bx

The Gray Scale Hiding Power Paint Chart is a sealed paint test chart with six stripes on a white field, ranging in shade from light to dark gray and black. The stripes are numbered from 1 to 6 with increasing darkness and provide contrast steps suitable for demonstrating the hiding power of typical trade sales coatings.

$152.00 excl. taxes & shipping cost


The reflectance values of the numbered stripes are selected with the objective that their color differences with respect to the white surround will be in the geometric sequence: 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 CIELAB units. The defining variable for the gray stripes is not reflectances as such, but the ratio of the gray to white reflectance, G/W. The table gives their specifications and tolerances, which are the same as stated in ASTM Method D5150 for Form CU-1.

  • Size: 7-5/8 x 11-3/8 inches (194 x 289 mm)
  • Thickness: 12 mils


Technical Attributes

  • Data
    Stripe No.Color Difference2Ratio G/W3Reflectance G%41. As stated in ASTM Method D5150 for Form CU-1.
    2. This is ΔE*ab, the color difference with respect to the white background, expressed in CIELAB units as defined in ASTM Method D2244.
    3. G/W = (1 - ΔE*ab/107.7)3. This equation is derived from ASTM Method D2244 and assumes that for neutral gray versus white, the values ΔE*ab and ΔL* are sufficiently close to be considered equal for the purpose of this test method.
    4. These values vary somewhat with the reflectance W of the white area, which is normally 80 ± 2% inter-batch and ± 0.5% intra batch. Values shown here are calculated for W = 80%.
    12 ± 12.5%0.945 ± 0.00775.6 ± 0.6
    24 ± 12.50.893 ± 0.01371.4 ± 1.0
    38 ± 12.50.793 ± 0.02463.5 ± 1.9
    416 ± 12.50.617 ± 0.04249.4 ± 3.4
    532 ± 12.50.347 ± 0.05527.8 ± 4.4
    664 ± 12.50.067 ± 0.0375.3 ± 3.0


Conforming with ASTM Method D 5150


  1. Apply the paint with a 6 mil clearance (nominal 3 mil wet) film applicator and allow the film to dry.
  2. Report the hiding power as the number of the stripe that is almost but not completely obscured.
  3. For a more accurate hiding end point use a visual comparison standard (Contrast Ratio: 0.98).
  4. If the hiding end point falls between two consecutive stripes, add a fractional estimate.
  5. If a hiding power end point is not observable because the film hides too well or too poorly, reapply the paint with an applicator of higher or lower clearance as required to obtain an end point.
  6. The complete hiding power report should state the applicator clearance along with the shade number of the hiding end point.

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