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This specification limits the amounts and types of visual defects that can be tolerated on decoratively electroplated surfaces of plastic products. The appearance of surfaces will be separately evaluated depending on the prominence of the surface under conditions of ordinary use. The classifications are: surface A; surface B; and surface C. The part under test shall be evaluated in the same relative position as it will normally be viewed under usual conditions of use.
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Significance and Use
5.1 Where electroplated plastics are used for decorative purposes, the appearance after plating is important. This standard provides a means of evaluating the appearance of the substrate and the coating.
1.1 This specification limits the amounts and types of visual defects that can be tolerated on decoratively electroplated surfaces of plastic products. The quantity of defects permitted shall be specified by the purchaser.
1.2 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B374 Terminology Relating to Electroplating
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
ICS Number Code 25.220.40 (Metallic coatings)
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ASTM B532-85(2021), Standard Specification for Appearance of Electroplated Plastic Surfaces, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.orgBack to Top