Standard Practice for
Preparation of Substrate Surfaces for Coefficient of Friction
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 4103; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of the last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last reapproval. A
superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
1.1 This practice covers procedures for the preparation of
OVCT (Official Vinyl Composition Tile) and wood panels for
subsequent use in tests to measure the coefficient of friction.
1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the
safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the
responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents
2.1 ASTM Standards:
D 1436 Test Method for Application of Emulsion Floor
Polishes to Substrates for Testing Purposes2
3. Significance and Use
3.1 The reliability of any of the practices using panels
prepared by these procedures may be dependent upon the
manner and care in which the test panels are prepared. Having
these practices in a single procedure eliminate the necessity
for covering these details in all of the practices wherein the
panels are used.
4. Test Panels (OVCT)
4.1 Preparation of OVCT for Testing Emulsion Floor
Polishes—For interlaboratory and specification testing, tiles of
OVCT shall be used.3 The tiles are prepared for use as follows:
4.1.1 Thoroughly scrub all tiles using No. 00 steel wool and
any suitable aqueous type wax remover or stripper. Scrub hard
to help smooth out high and low spots on the tile. Rinse well
with clear water, towel dry, and air dry for 15 to 30 min in a
rack that allows air to reach both sides of the tile.
4.1.2 Apply two coats of any suitable floor polish using any
the method as prescribed in Section 5. Allow drying 2 h between
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