Richard C. Iosso - Elk Grove Village IL
This invention relates to the electrodeposition of chromium onto zinc or zinc alloys, and particular electrodeposition bath conditions. The chromium plating bath is suitable for enhancing surface hardness of relatively high copper, low aluminum zinc-alloys. The bath is an aqueous solution which includes chromic acid and sulfate ions in amounts so that the weight ratio of chromic acid to the sulfate ions is about 75:1 to about 125:1, respectively. The bath further includes specified amounts of fluoride ion, boric acid and an alkali metal carbonate. The bath may additionally include an alkali metal bicarbonate in a carbonate-to-bicarbonate weight ratio of about 0. 6 to about 13:1, respectively.