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Brass Finishes:
Chrome, Nickel, and Brass:
All of our brass and plated brass items start out as raw brass that is polished to a high sheen. Left as-is, polished, (unlacquered) brass will age to a deep, rich antique brass color over a period ranging from several months to a few years. (Depending on how the fixture is used.)  If the brass is sprayed with a protective lacquer or epoxy coating, it will retain its shine and brilliance indefinitely. (Or until someone scrubs the protective lacquer off with a harsh cleanser!)
   Nickel or Chrome plate may be applied over brass as a protective or decorative finish.

Polished Brass
Will age to a deep, rich color over time if left uncoated or can be coated to preserve finish. Easily scratched, wipe with damp cloth only. New epoxy-based coatings for brass are virtually impervious to hard water.

The oldest protective plating for brass; very authentic look for period baths up until the mid 30’s. Softer than chrome, can be scratched fairly easily. Looks very much like chrome but has a rich, brassy undertone with more ‘warmth’ than chrome.  Ages to a slightly darker color over time

Replaced nickel as the premier protective & decorative plating in the 1930’s. Very hard, durable finish. Scratch resistant. very appropriate for deco-style and modern baths. Lacks the rich coloration of nickel, but this is offset by its superior durability.

A note on “Oil Rubbed Bronze” and “Antique Brass” finishes:
Though we are commonly asked for these finishes on items, we have largely stopped carrying items in these finishes for several reasons:
    The largest number of problems with these finishes result from difficulties in matching colors on different items, especially when the items are made from different alloys of metal or by different manufacturers. The reason for so many color differences is because these finishes are artistic representations of aged metal, they are not particularly accurate renderings of what old brass or oiled bronze really look like.
    Further complicating the issue are the numerous ways these finishes are achieved.  Short of letting the metal weather naturally for several years or using expensive bronze,  the only way to produce these colors is to either chemically etch brass with acid or apply a painted or anodized finish.  The resulting finishes can range anywhere in color from light brown to nearly black. 
    The range of customer expectations are as varied as the range of possible colors. The result for us was a staggering number of returns, most citing “wrong color” as the reason for the return.
   Wear is another problem with these trendy faux finishes. The chemically etched finishes are considered “organic finishes” which by design wear and change with time.  Some customers like this feature, other were aghast when their fixture turned green in some places and bright and shiny in places where it was worn more from handling.  The more durable epoxy, powdercoated, and anodized finishes have better wear characteristics but come at the price of a “plasticy” look that isn’t even close to realistic.


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