ASTM B252 - 92(2009)

    Standard Guide for Preparation of Zinc Alloy Die Castings for Electroplating and Conversion Coatings

    Active Standard ASTM B252 | Developed by Subcommittee: B08.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05


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    Significance and Use

    The performance and quality of electroplated or conversion-coated zinc alloy die casting depends upon the surface cleanliness and condition. Various metals are electroplated or conversion coatings are established on zinc alloys for decorative or engineering finish. The common electroplates applied are usually copper, nickel, and chromium for decorative and functional uses. The common conversion coatings applied are phosphates, chromates, and anodized coatings. Electroplated zinc die castings and conversion coatings on zinc die castings are used in many industries such as the marine, automotive, plumbing fixtures, and appliance industries.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended as an aid in establishing and maintaining a procedure for preparing zinc alloy die castings for electroplating and conversion coatings. It is primarily intended for the preparation of Alloys UNS Z33521 (AG-40A) and UNS Z35530 (AC-41A) (Specification B86) for electroplating with copper, nickel, and chromium (Specification B456).

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 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. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    B6 Specification for Zinc

    B86 Specification for Zinc and Zinc-Aluminum (ZA) Alloy Foundry and Die Castings

    B456 Specification for Electrodeposited Coatings of Copper Plus Nickel Plus Chromium and Nickel Plus Chromium

    Military Standard

    MIL-S-13165C Shot Peening of Metal Parts Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, Bldg. 4 Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094, Attn: NPODS.


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/B0252-92R09

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