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Elcometer 128 Pictorial Surface Standards

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:

  1. BS EN ISO 8501-1:2007/SIS 055900
  2. BS EN ISO 8501-4:2006
  3. The SSPC Standard - VIS 1
  4. The SSPC Standard - VIS 2
  5. The SSPC Standard - VIS 3
  6. The SSPC Standard - VIS 4
  7. The SSPC Standard - VIS 5


  1. BS 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.
  2. SSPC (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.
  3. SSPC-VIS 3 - Contains 44 photographs to supplement the written SSPC specifications for hand and power tool cleaning.
  4. SSPC-VIS 2 - Standard method of evaluating the degree of rusting on painted steel surfaces.
  5. SSPC-VIS 4 - Guide and reference photographs for steel surfaces prepared by waterjetting.
  6. SSPC-VIS 5 Guide and reference photographs for steel surfaces prepared by wet abrasive.
  7. BS 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.