Q… What is Antique Brass?
A… Antique Brass is a finish electroplated on to brass (like chrome) which has the appearance of freshly polished brass. It does not look oxidized or tarnished in any way – it looks brand new.
The plated surface is made up of nickel, chromium and other inert metal in a carefully balanced formula, and includes gold. Being chemically inert, it does not tarnish (that is, discolour in the presence of air and moisture).
Q… What is the difference between Polished Brass and Antique Brass finishes?
A… Brass is the basic material of tapware, and in the course of manufacture the exterior parts are polished to a high lustre – hence Polished Brass.
Antique Brass is a finish electroplated on the polished brass which has the appearance of freshly-polished brass, but is made up of various unreactive metals including nickel, chromium and gold.
Polished Brass quickly and easily reacts to air and moisture and this creates tarnishing, which must be removed by regular repolishing.
Antique Brass is an inert and durable finish (much harder than gold but not as hard as chrome) which bonds completely with the polished surface during plating and so there is no exposed brass that can tarnish or discolour, and absolutely no need for repolishing.
Q… Could you do a Natural Brass or Raw Brass finish (for outdoors, or for a rustic look)?
A… Yes, but there are a number of considerations, the main one being that the aged finish will only arise over time, and may vary considerably from place to place, depending on local conditions. We supply the goods in uniformly polished finish, so that the different components have the same surface and can therefore age uniformly.
To avoid misunderstandings and disappointment, the customer’s expectations need to be discussed thoroughly with our experts before an order is accepted, as the goods will not be returnable.
Q… I would like Tapware in a special colour. What are the options?
A… White and Almond Ivory are the most popular colours, but other colours are available as a Special Order, for a modest fee (price on application). Choose from Black, Heritage Green, Burgundy, Apricot or Mist Grey (as well as Red. Blue, Yellow, Green, Grey – usually for commercial applications) or discuss your requirements with our Sales Office, Coloured tapware is manufactured to the individual order/project and so is not returnable unless prior arrangements are made.
Q… Can Heritage taps be powder-coated?
A… No – the shape of the handle is unsuitable for this finish.
Q… What is the best way of looking after the various tapware finishes?
A… Care instructions are provided with every purchase. In addition, an effective and very safe way of brightening tapware is to spray with a 50:50 mixture of methylated spirits and water, and then dry off quickly with a soft dry cloth.