Finishes – Brass Finishes
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Polished Brass

Traditional look with a highly polished finish, commonly seen on door and cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures and decorative items.

 
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Brushed Brass

A very fine grain pattern is applied to the surface. Used on plaques, markers, and midcentury light fixtures. Brushed Brass is also a very durable finish for lighting and door hardware used in commercial and public buildings.

 
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Antique Brass, Polished or Brushed

After a part has been polished, it is then oxidized and relieved by either soft (color) buffing, brushing or hand rubbing. This process allows the details in a part to be highlighted. Parts with deep designs and embossing benefit from this process.

 
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Butler (soft) Brass

We start with a polished finish, then using pumice or a very fine abrasive, the polished surface is dulled slightly. After a wax or lacquer coating, it imparts a hand rubbed finish.

 
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Matte Brass

A finish achieved by glass bead blasting the part and coating with lacquer.

 
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Oil Rubbed Bronze over Brass

Starting with a brushed or glass bead blasted surface, we then chemically oxidize the surface to a uniform brown to black color. The finish can be left as a solid color, or relieved to reveal the some of the brass color underneath. Finally, the part is either lacquered, waxed or oiled to protect the surface.

 
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BEFORE
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AFTER
The chandelier on the left was purchased for $25.00 at a local flea market. He copper colored spray paint was stripped and a Butler Brass finish was applied. After being clear coated, the fixture was rewired and new sockets were installed.