Care of finishes
With general handling and oxidization, the colour and texture of hand finished items can alter over time. Adding to the unique charm, beauty and elegance of our finished products.
Lacquered Brass and Bronze (PB,PG)
Regular cleaning with warm soapy water will help maintain the general appearance and an occasional application of a good wax polish will help to protect the finish. The life of the lacquer can be affected by many environmental or atmospheric conditions, including sea air and industrial pollution. If the lacquer does start to break down we recommend that it is removed with paint stripper and the article is kept clean in the traditional way using a metal polish. Not recommended for high usage locations. Application of incorrect chemicals can result in advanced deterioration of the lacquer. Do not use solvents, cleaning chemicals, or abrasive products with this finish.
Unlacquered Brass and Bronze (PBUL, PGUL)
Although originally polished, if left untouched the finish will naturally become dull and darken over a length of time. To retain the polished finish regular cleaning with a proprietary brand of metal polish (eg. Autosol or Brasso) will be required.
Plated Finishes (CP, PRL, PN, SCP, SNP)
Regular cleaning with warm soapy water will help to maintain the appearance. For CP and PN, if required a proprietary brand of metal polish can be used.
Living Finishes (AB, AGD, AUT, DAB, DORB, IBUL, MBK, ORB, RBMA, SBUL, SMK, TB)
Our living finishes receive a protective wax coating prior to despatch (excluding RBMA). Normal wear and handling will allow the contact areas to reveal the metal below helping to create an aged effect. An occasional application of a good beeswax polish can be applied if required.
Other Lacquered Finishes (AN, DAN, DBMA, IBMA, MB, SB)
Regular cleaning with warm soapy water and an application of a good wax polish gently applied, will help to protect the finish. Not recommended for high usage locations. Application of incorrect chemicals can result in advanced deterioration of the lacquer. Do not use solvents, cleaning chemicals, or abrasive products with this finish.
Sea air and environmental conditions can cause a finish to deteriorate prematurely. Conditions will affect external fittings, and window fittings as they are likely to be exposed to corrosive or damaging elements for periods of time. In these situations regular cleaning will be needed and we recommend the following finishes to be the most suitable:
- Polished Brass Unlacquered (PBUL)
- Polished Chrome (CP)
- Polished Gunmetal Unlacquered (PGUL)
- Polished Nickel (PN)
- Real Bronze Metal Antique (RBMA)