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Oddy test results

For paints used in Museums

Oddy tests are used to determine whether paints can be used in storage and display situations in museums.The Oddy test is used routinely in many museums. In this test, a sample of material is enclosed with a coupon of cleaned metal. Corrosion is accelerated by adding water to create high humidity and by elevating temperatures (60°C). After 28 days, the extent of corrosion on the metal coupon is used to evaluate the suitability of the material under test for use in the display or storage of artefacts containing that metal.

All Resene colours/paints tested at Te Papa in 2008 passed the Oddy test and are considered suitable for use for museum displays. The following Resene colours/paints were applied to glass slides, cured for a fortnight and then tested:

Slide # Coating Tone Colour Contains tinters
A Resene Zylone Sheen Zero White Acropolis/Half Tea B, C, F, L
B Resene Zylone Sheen Zero Mid Half Cliffhanger B, C, E
C Resene Zylone Sheen Zero Light Highland C, K
D Resene Zylone Sheen Zero Pastel Brandy Rose F, K
E Resene Zylone Sheen Zero Deep Hemlock C, F, K
F Resene Zylone Sheen Zero Ulltra Deep Madagascar B, C, E, I
G Resene SpaceCote Flat White Hawkes Blue E, J
H Resene SpaceCote Flat White Oasis G, P
I Resene SpaceCote Flat Pastel Brandy Rose F, K
J Resene SpaceCote Flat Light Highland C, K
K Resene SpaceCote Flat Mid Eastern Blue D, E
L Resene SpaceCote Flat Deep Hemlock C, F, K
M Resene SpaceCote Flat Ultra Deep Paua E, I, J
N Resene SpaceCote Flat Ochre Himalaya B, C, K
0 Resene SpaceCote Flat Green Dell C, K
P Resene SpaceCote Flat Magenta Sensual Red F, H, I
Q Resene SpaceCote Flat Red Havoc P
R Resene SpaceCote Flat Yellow 2 Fireball G, M

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