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Color Measurements for Pearlescent Coatings



Maria E. Nadal, E A. Early


This paper describes recent developments at the National Institution of Standards and Technology in the colorimetric characterization of pearlescent coatings. The goal of this research is to develop a measurement protocol for the accurate color characterization of these coatings using an understanding of their scattering mechanism as a guide. A large ensemble of bi-directional reflectance measurments on a series of interference pigmented coatings show general trends in the color variations with illumination and viewing angles. These measurements were used to define a set of geometries (illumination angles of 15 , 45 , and 65 and aspecular angles of 15 , 35 , 45 , 70 , and 85 ) to characterize the angle dependent color travel observed in these coatings.
Color Research and Application


color, gonioapparent coatings, reflectance colorimetry, standards


Nadal, M. and Early, E. (2004), Color Measurements for Pearlescent Coatings, Color Research and Application (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created February 1, 2004, Updated February 17, 2017