Standard Practice for Evaluation of
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 3836; the number immediately following the designation indicates the year of
original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of 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 testing properties and apparatus
used in evaluating the performance of automotive polishes.
This practice is applicable to products that are commonly
referred to as car/auto wax, cleaner wax, polish, etc.
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.
2.1 Definitions of Terms Specific to This Standard:
2.1.1 automotive polish—aids in cleaning and improving
the appearance of automobile finishes.
3. Significance and Use
3.1 This practice is intended to define the properties to be
tested, the apparatus to use, and the comparisons of product
performance. It is recognized that considerable discretion
exists among formulators and marketers of automotive polish
on what properties or performance characteristics are best for
their products. This practice is flexible enough to honor this
fact within the confines of the automotive polish definition
3.2 The test methods are subjective and empirical in order to
conform to the basic characteristics of the industry and to allow
flexibility in testing.
4. Apparatus and Materials
4.1 Sample of Polish to be tested.
4.2 Sample of Control Polish—The control polish is selected subjectively for comparison to the test polish. It may be
a competitive product, a modified formulation of the test
polish, etc. It should be recognized that automotive polishes are
formulated to perform different functions. This should be taken
into account when interpreting results and choosing the control
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