Brass offers the rare ability to appear in a variety of shades depending upon the makeup of the brass and how the brass is finished.
Please look at the "Product Info" portion of each product page. The material an item is made of and the finish are stated here.
Material designates the composition of the hardware
Finish designates the brass appearance, see below. .
The color of brass varies. Polished brass often looks very similar in appearance, however the look of aged or darkened brass can vary widely. This variation in color makes it tricky when trying to match different pieces of brass.
The following is a description of various finishes:
Polished brass has a bright, shiny finish. Although glossy, the finish has not been stabilized with lacquer. As brass is a living finish it will darken/age over time. To maintain the shiny finish apply lacquer. Spray lacquer is available at most hardware stores. Follow manufacturer directions when applying.
Unfinished brass has been left in its natural condition after the manufacturing process. It has not been professionally finished. The appearance of unfinished brass can vary. It may be bright, dull, tarnished, have small scratches or be covered with a thin film of oil or grease.
Old brass often has a wonderful patina, achieved from years of natural aging. Trying to match a naturally occurring patina is extremely difficult.
Achieving natural patina: remove any existing finish and thoroughly clean brass. Once clean, the organic oxidation process can start. Many factors such as light, air and wear will naturally age the brass finish over time.
Hot soapy water and a soft cloth is the first step in cleaning brass however this may not be sufficient. There are many useful recommendations for cleaning brass which can be viewed on the web. We recommend testing the method you choose on a small section before proceeding with the entire project. Small scratches can be removed using fine steel wool.
Once clean brass can then be shined with brass polished, stained with a darkening solution or left to naturally age. To maintain finish lacquer may be applied once appropriate finish is achieved.