Alternative Finishes

Polished Brass (Lacquered) & Satin Brass

Brass is an alloy made up of copper and zinc. The colour of brass varies depending on the copper content of the metal. Brass is non-corrosive and will not stain the wood. Unless specified our polished brass products are lacquered preserve the bright finish. Under no circumstances should a polish or abrasive cleaners be used whilst the lacquer is in good order. Regular dusting with a soft cloth and an occasional application of furniture wax will prolong the life of the lacquer. Like varnish or paint, lacquer may break down after exposure to atmospheric conditions. Should this occur the remaining traces of lacquer can be removed with a paint stripper. The item will then need to be re-polished with a good quality metal polish and waxed. All our brass products are solid.

polished brass
 

Unlacquered Polished Brass

Many of our brass products can be specially ordered unlacquered. The unlacquered brass item will come in a bright-mirrored finish but in time will oxidize to a soft brown patina. These products can be re-polished using a non-abrasive metal cleaner such as “Duraglit” wadding polish.

unlacquered brass
 

 

Polished Chrome Plate

Chrome is applied to a solid brass item. It can be ordered as a polished or satin finish. A chrome-plated product is very hardwearing, suitable for all internal and external applications. The only maintenance needed is a wipe with a damp cloth. The colour of this finish is very similar to a satin stainless steel and may be used where a stainless steel product is un-available.

polished chrome plate
 

Satin Chrome Plate

Chrome is applied to a solid brass item. It can be ordered as a polished or satin finish. A chrome-plated product is very hardwearing, suitable for all internal and external applications. The only maintenance needed is a wipe with a damp cloth. The colour of this finish is very similar to a satin stainless steel and may be used where a stainless steel product is un-available.

satin chrome plate
 

Polished Nickel Plate

Nickel is applied to a solid brass item. It can be ordered as a polished or satin finish. This product is hardwearing, suitable for all internal and external applications. The only maintenance needed is a wipe with a damp cloth.

polished nickel plate
 

Satin Nickel Plate

Nickel is applied to a solid brass item. It can be ordered as a polished or satin finish. This product is hardwearing, suitable for all internal and external applications. The only maintenance needed is a wipe with a damp cloth.

satin nickelplate
 

Polished Bronze

Polished bronze, (sometimes known as polished gun metal, PGM) is an alloy made from copper, tin, lead and zinc. It is supplied un-lacquered so that it will naturally oxidise obtaining a darker lustre and will return to a bright coppery look when polished. This superb finish needs only an occasional wipe with a soft cloth. Bronze is a hardwearing metal that will not corrode and requires little maintenance.

polished bronze
 

Antique Bronze

Real Bronze Metal Antiqued (RBMA) is a solid bronze piece that has been put through a rapid aging process that oxidises the surface to a natural antique bronze colour. This superb finish needs only an occasional wipe with a soft cloth. Bronze is a hardwearing metal that will not corrode and requires little maintenance.

antique bronze
 

Rustic Bronze

Rustic Bronze is a traditionally cast in moulds formed from sand that gives it a rougher antique feel and a darker colour. This sold bronze piece is un-lacquered and will become more beautiful with time and use. Bronze is a hardwearing metal that will not corrode and requires little maintenance.

rustic bronze
 

Imitation Bronze

Imitation Bronze (sometimes referred to as Oil Rubbed Bronze) is a solid brass piece plated with a bronze metal finish similar in colour to antique bronze. It is cheaper than real bronze but has all its advantages of low maintenance and hard-wear. This metal is supplied un-lacquered. This finish is useful substitute where a product is unavailable in real bronze such as hinges and flush bolts.

imitation bronze
 

Black Iron & Sheradized Black Iron

Our black ironware is made from malleable iron, a rust resistant finish is applied and then two coats of black powder paint are applied. It is recommended that items be occasionally wiped with a lightly oiled cloth. This is especially important for items fitted in exposed conditions.

Note: If black iron is to be situated near the sea we recommend that it is "Sheradized". This process will in essence galvanise the iron piece before it is painted insuring that it will not rust. Some black iron products can be specially ordered with a Sheradized finish.

black iron
 

Wrought Iron

Hand forged ironware. These items are finished with a bees-wax coat to enhance the natural colour of the iron. Due to the nature of the products and coating they will rust if exposed to the elements. This product will need to be regularly waxed to maintain its finish, though in many situations it is simply left to age in a natural way. No two pieces are alike and the sizes and the finish of this product may vary to a small degree.

wrought iron
 

Patina Iron

This pewter coloured finish is applied to steel and has excellent anti-corrosion properties requiring little maintenance.

 
 

Polished Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is supplied polished to a mirror finish or as a satin finish. Grade 316 stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and is ideal to use in aggressive atmospheres, humid climates and marine conditions. Stainless steel needs little or no maintenance. Where a product is needed in SSS but is unavailable a satin chrome plate product can be substituted.

 

Satin Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is supplied polished to a mirror finish or as a satin finish. Grade 316 stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and is ideal to use in aggressive atmospheres, humid climates and marine conditions. Stainless steel needs little or no maintenance. Where a product is needed in SSS but is unavailable a satin chrome plate product can be substituted.