Pictorial Surface Standards

Pictorial Surface Standards

ASTM D 2200, IMO MSC.215(82),IMO MSC.244(83),ISO 8501-1, SSPC VIS 1…

  • surface Cleanliness

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Pictorial Surface Standards are high quality photographs which are used for comparison purposes to assess the visual appearance of a steel surface.

Elcometer’s range of Surface Standards covers most of those required for surface cleanliness. 

Surface Standards include:

  • BS EN ISO 8501-1:2007/SIS 055900
  • BS EN ISO 8501-4:2006
  • The SSPC Standard - VIS 1
  • The SSPC Standard - VIS 2
  • The SSPC Standard - VIS 3
  • The SSPC Standard - VIS 4
  • The SSPC Standard - VIS 5
Part NumberDescription
E128----1BS EN ISO 8501-1:2007/SIS 055900 - the original visual surface standard.  It shows the degree of cleanliness of different levels of rusted steel cleaned by blasting, hand and power tools and flame, specified by ASTM D2200 Method A
E128----3SSPC (Steel Structures Painting Council) VIS 1-01 - similar to the Swedish and British standards, but the pictures of the required final appearances match the written descriptions in the USA standards.  VIS 1-89 includes photographs of surfaces cleaned using metallic and non-metallic abrasives.  Specified by ASTM D2200 Method B
E128----5SSPC-VIS 3 - contains 44 photographs to supplement the written SSPC specifications for hand and power tool cleaning
E128----6SSPC-VIS 2 Standard method of evaluating the degree of rusting on painted steel surfaces
E128----7SSPC-VIS 4 Guide and reference photographs for steel surfaces prepared by waterjetting
E128----8SSPC-VIS 5 Guide and reference photographs for steel surfaces prepared by wet abrasive
E128----9BS EN ISO 8501-4:2006 - preparation of steel substrates before application of paints and related products.  Visual assessment of surface cleanliness.  Initial surface conditions, preparation grades and flash rust grades in connection with high-pressure water jetting

ASTM D 2200, IMO MSC.215(82),IMO MSC.244(83),ISO 8501-1,  SSPC VIS 1, SSPC VIS 2,  SSPC VIS 3, SSPC VIS 4, SSPC VIS 5,
US Navy NSI 009-32, US Navy PPI 63101-000

This Standard have been superseded but is still recognised in some industries
SS 55900