Regarding Metal Finishes
|Question:||What is Antique Brass?|
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.
|Question:||What is the difference between Polished Brass and Antique Brass finishes?|
|Answer:||Brass is the basic material of our tapware, and in the course of manufacture the exterior parts are polished to a high lustre – hence Polished Brass (Code: PB).
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 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.
|Question:||Natural Brass or Raw Brass finishes (for outdoors, or for a rustic look)?|
Yes, we have three options, Raw Brass (Code: RB), Lea Wheeled Brass (Code: LW) and Polish to Plate (Code: PP). 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.
|Question:||Which metal finish is the most similar looking to Stainless Steel?|
Brushed Satin (Code: BS) is the most similar looking finish. Another option you may consider is Satin Chrome Plate (Code: SCP). Please see our Finishes Guide for examples.
|Question:||I would like Tapware in a special colour. What are the options?|
|Answer:||White, Almond Ivory, Black, Burgundy and Heritage Green are the most popular colours, but other colours are available as a Special Order, for a modest fee (price on application). Historically the choices have been Apricot, Mist Grey, as well as Pink (as well as Red. Blue, Yellow, Green, Grey – usually for commercial applications). The colour options are quite varied but will change from time to time so this is best discussed with our Sales Office. Coloured tapware is manufactured to the individual order or project and so is not returnable unless prior arrangements are made.|
|Question:||What is the best way of looking after the various tapware finishes?|
|Answer:||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.
Do not use abrasives that will scratch or damage the polished or plated metal finishes.
Some metal finishes like raw brass, polish to plate and the copper plate finishes are supplied as maturing finish options, their appearance will naturally change over time and this change will also depend on how they are cared for.
Further answers to other metal finish questions can be found using our Finishes Guide Interactive Decision Assistant.