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Useful Specs


B.H.M.A (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Assocation)

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This standard establishes finish test methods and code numbers for finishes on various base materials. It includes criteria for viewing comparative finishes to the BHMA match plates and establishes five categories of finishes.

Test requirements include: salt spray test; perspiration test; humidity test; abrasion resistance test; and ultraviolet light and condensation test. In addition, finish nomenclature and code numbers are detailed in this standard.

Useful Specs
BHMA Code Finish Description Base Material Category Nearest U.S. Equivalent
600 Primed for painting Steel D USP
601 Bright Japanned Steel D US1B
602 Cadmium plated Steel D US2C
603 Zinc plated Steel D US2G
604 Zinc plated and dichromated sealed Steel D  
605 Bright brass, clear coated Brass A US3
606 Satin brass, clear coated Brass A US4
607 Oxidized satin brass, oil rubbed Brass B  
608 Oxidized satin brass, relieved, clear coated Brass C  
609 Satin brass, blackened, satin relieved, clear coated Brass C US5
610 Satin brass, blackened, bright relieved, clear coated Brass C US7
611 Bright bronze, clear coated Bronze A US9
612 Satin bronze, clear coated Bronze A US10
613 Oxidized satin bronze, oil rubbed Bronze B US10B
614 Oxidized satin bronze, relieved, clear coated Bronze C  
615 Oxidized satin bronze, relieved, waxed Bronze C  
616 Satin bronze, blackened, satin relieved, clear coat Bronze C US11
617 Dark oxidized satin bronze, bright relieved, clear coated Bronze C US13
618 Bright nickel plated, clear coated Brass, Bronze A US14
619 Satin nickel plated, clear coated Brass, Bronze A US15
620 Satin nickel plated, blackened, satin relieved, clear coated Brass, Bronze C US15A
621 Nickel plated, blackened, matte relieved, clear coated Brass, Bronze C US17A
622 Flat black coated Brass, Bronze A US19
623 Light Oxidized bright bronze, clear coated Bronze C US20
624 Dark Oxidized, statuary bronze, clear coated Bronze C US20A
625 Bright chromium plated Brass, Bronze A US26
626 Satin chromium plated Brass, Bronze A US26D
627 Satin aluminum, clear coated Aluminum A US27
628 Satin aluminum, clear anodized Aluminum A US28
629 Bright stainless steel Stainless steel 300 Series A US32
630 Satin stainless steel Stainless steel 300 Series A US32D
631 Flat black coated Steel E US19
632 Plated bright brass, clear coated Steel E US3
633 Plated satin brass, clear coated Steel E US4
634 Plated oxidized satin brass, oil rubbed Steel B  
635 Plated oxidized satin brass, relieved, clear coated Steel C  
636 Plated satin brass, blackened bright relieved, clear coated Steel C US7
637 Plated bright bronze, clear coated Steel E US9
638 Plated satin brass, blackened, satin relieved, clear coated Steel C US5
639 Plated satin brass, clear coated Steel E US10
640 Plated oxidized satin bronze, oil rubbed Steel B US10B
641 Plated oxidized satin bronze, relieved, clear coated Steel C  
642 Plated oxidized satin bronze, relieved, waxed Steel C  
643 Plated satin bronze, blackened, satin relieved, clear coated Steel C US11
644 Plated dark oxidized satin bronze, bright relieved, clear coated Steel C US13
645 Bright nickel plated, clear coated Steel E US14
646 Satin nickel plated, clear coated Steel E US15
647 Satin nickel plated, blackened, satin relieved, clear coated Steel C US15A
648 Nickel plated, blackened, matte relieved, clear coated Steel C US17A
649 Plated light oxidized bright bronze, clear coated Steel C US20
650 Plated dark oxidized atatuary bronze, clear coated Steel C US20A
651 Bright chromium plated Steel E US26
652 Satin chromium plated Steel E US26D