Which finish on Door Furniture for use by the Sea?
July 17, 2012
WHICH FINISH ON DOOR FURNITURE FOR USE BY THE SEA?
Salty air can take its toll on all sorts of things especially door furniture. You may also need to consider the finish on window furniture if windows are to be left open for any length of time. Below we take a look at the finishes we offer and then comment on the suitability of each for a home by the sea!
When you have door furniture in the salty air you will need to take care of it, more than you would in-land. It needs a regular wash off with soap and water, which will limit the damage done by the salt which clings and eats away at the finish.
BRASS DOOR FURNITURE
Unlacquered Brass -YES, Lacquered Brass – NO
Remember in Brass we sell an unlacquered product. Once an item is finished it is polished and not lacquered. The majority of brassware on the market is lacquered after polishing to protect the shine and thus no cleaning is required. All our brass is unlacquered and should not be confused with lacquered brass. The cheap lacquered brass will breakdown in salty air. The lacquer peels off and exposes the brass (often poor quality) underneath which then tarnishes and looks horrid. It can’t be cleaned off either. Unlacquered brass will be fine but if you like your brass shiny it will need cleaning regularly.
IRON DOOR FURNITURE
Wax – No, Powder Coated – YES &NO!
We have two finishes within our black iron range:
Wax finish. This would not perform especially well in salty air as the wax would quickly breakdown exposing the metal which would then rust.
Powder Coated: This would be the finish that would perform best with a corrosion resistant coating. In sea air it may need to be re-painted more frequently than if in an inland location. This requires a wire wool and then a repaint using black hammerite. It won’t last as long as in an inland location.
PEWTER PATINA DOOR FURNITURE
Pewter Finish – NO
This is a painted finish over a steel base and is not good in the sea air. This has excellent anti-corrosion properties and requires an occasional wiping with a waxed cloth and application of oil on moving parts.
NICKEL PLATED DOOR FURNITURE
Nickel Plate – YES
This is a nickel plated finish which can be polished or satin over a brass base. This is fine in sea air. The main thing to remember is never to rub the plate with any abrasive cleaner. A regular wipe with soap and water should be enough to keep this in great condition. For any stubborn marks try a bit of Autosol.
CHROME PLATED DOOR FURNITURE
Chrome Plate – YES
This is as per nickel above but with a Chrome plate over a brass base. This is also fine in the sea air.
WOOD, GLASS & PORCELAIN
Wood – No, Glass – No, Porcelain No
For internal use only.
Please come back to us with any questions you may have on this topic.
Pictured below are finishes suitable for a sea view! At the top of the article is our Classic Letter Plate in unlacquered brass, below from left, powder coated iron door handles, polished nickel escutcheons, pewter door handles.