Brass Finish in West Palm Beach, FL
Since brass is a reactive metal that quickly oxidizes, a brass finish is applied to brass pieces as a protective coating. Oxidation causes metals to tarnish or rust, so adding this layer of brass finish right after buffing protects against corrosion. Waiting even a few days can cause oxidation of your brass pieces. There are two main categories of brass finish: shiny or antique. The one you choose depends on how you want your brass fittings to look and your decorating style.
Types of Brass Finishes
Mark Plating provides the brass finishes listed below:
Aged – warm, copper tones with a darker, aged exterior provides elegance and sophistication
Satin – brushed gold color for understated style
Polished – a protective lacquer coating prevents tarnish and lets the brass color shine through
Weathered – a mellow finish with a warm soft tone
Burnished – bright, reflective gold sheen that has vintage appeal
Distressed – this finish is full of character and gives each piece a unique look
Antique – medium brown with gold undertones ideal if your style is traditional
Unlacquered – without a finish, unlacquered brass will change over time and develop a patina
Brass Finish Process
Because we do all of our brass finishing, we can control the process from beginning to end, ensuring the result not only meets your specifications, but exceeds your expectations. Before any chemical finishing can begin, the piece must be free of oxides, oils, buffing components, soldering flux, mold release compounds, fingerprints or other materials left over from the fabrication of the item or due to wear and tear. Then, depending on the finish desired, an antiquing solution is applied, and the piece is buffed, polished, and a protective top coat is applied.
Benefits of Brass Finishes
Brass finishes are and provide many benefits such as the ability to refresh the finish, the natural beauty of the aging and patina process, and the antimicrobial properties of brass finishes. Below are some additional benefits of brass finishes:
Applications and Industries
Brass finishes are used in homes for plumbing fittings, lighting fixtures, fireplace equipment, fine hardware, candle holders, and many other decorative and practical accessories. Industry items include sprockets, gears, and bearing housings.
Contact us today to find out more about our brass finishing services.