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Bespoke Special Finishes

Unique Finishes Made For You

All of Drummonds’ bespoke special finishes are unlacquered ‘live’ finishes that will tarnish and patinate after purchase. We strongly recommend that all customers read the details below before purchasing any of Drummonds special finishes because they will change appearance during storage, installation and use. The speed of this change depends on the environment (heat, moisture & limescale) and the amount of handling of the products i.e. a basin tap that is handled frequently will tarnish and patinate quicker than a brass basin stand that is rarely handled or in contact with water.

Drummonds fittings are manufactured from brass which is a combination of 2 metals (copper and zinc) cast together to form the alloy known as brass. The surface of the brass is polished by hand over many hours to create a perfectly smooth shiny brass finish which we do not lacquer to allow them to age and wear naturally. The aging process for brass is completely natural and results in a thin layer of the metal oxidising and tarnishing creating a beautiful patina colour on the surface of the brass. The result is an antique finish that is highly prized by customers who want their brass products to have the appearance of being a vintage object.

Unlacquered Brass Finish

If a customer loves the shiny unlacquered appearance of their brass products and does not want the products to age then they will need to undertake a regular maintenance programme to remove the surface patination using Brasso which will restore the shiny finish. Customers should be aware that cleaning the surface of brass using Brasso has to be done by hand and is a time-consuming process

Bespoke Special Finishes

For customers who want that vintage look from day one then Drummonds offer a number of bespoke special finishes including

  • Antique Brass
  • Antique Brushed Brass
  • Antique Bronze
  • Brushed Brass
  • Antique Nickel
  • Brushed Nickel

These finishes are all done by hand and involve a number of processes to accelerate the oxidisation and patination of the surface of the brass. These processes include the use of an ageing solution, light abrasive pads and the application of a thin layer of wax. All of Drummonds special finishes will continue to age and patinate after purchase. The wax applied to the surface will not stop the ageing process and is purely there to enhance the beauty of the finish like a piece of fine furniture. As explained above the environment and the amount of handling will affect the speed of the aging process and it is perfectly normal to experience variable colour changes across a product including areas of green oxidation where the brass reacts with the water.

Drummonds recommends that customers consider very carefully before choosing a bespoke special finish. As per our terms and conditions all bespoke special finishes are classified as ‘custom’ products and as such if the customer does not like how the products age and patinate after purchase unfortunately they cannot be returned.

If a customer does not want to accept the variations that come with a bespoke special finish please select one of our brass plated finishes including polished chrome or polished nickel.

Caring For Bespoke Special Finishes

Unlike unlacquered polished brass it is very difficult to return a bespoke special finish back to showroom appearance even after a small amount of usage because products such as Brasso will remove both any new aging and patination plus the special finish that was applied in our factory. If customers choose to allow the aging and patination process to continue then there is very little maintenance required other than washing the surface of the product with soapy water and drying with a soft towel. Never use proprietary bathroom cleaners on the surface of a special finish product as this will likely result in removal of the patination in a patchy and unsightly way. The occasional application of a suitable wax such as Briwax will enhance the aged surface but will not clean it.

If a customer wants to remove significant areas of patination or limescale that has developed on the surface of the product during storage, installation or usage then they will need to follow the process below.

  • To remove limescale on the product use a proprietary limescale remover being very careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure that you do not leave the limescale remover on the product for too long as this can damage the surface of the brass. Particular care must be taken with the build up of limescale on shower heads as these can become blocked very quickly therefore regular unblocking of the holes will prolong the life of the shower head.
  • To remove surface marks hand polish using Brasso. Polishing the surface will remove patination marks and variations in colour but also if you have chosen a brushed finish such as antiqued brushed brass, brushed brass, antique nickel or brushed nickel then polishing will remove some of the brushed finish.
  • To reapply the brushed finish lightly brush the surface of the product with a light abrasive pad such as a household scorer. Be sure to move in the same direction as the existing brush marks to ensure an even finish. Never use any kind of sand or glass paper on the surface of brass.
  • The extent to which the surface is polished will determine the amount of the original special finish and therefore aging that remains on the product. It is not possible to reapply the aging solution in site, however, the natural patination process will begin again.
  • The application of a thin layer of wax (Briwax) can be done at this stage to bring out the beauty of the finish.

Antique Brass (Live Unlacquered)

Drummonds’ most traditional special finish antique brass is designed to create the aged look of a brass product that has been installed for many years. The product starts with an unlacquered hand polished brass finish which is then aged and waxed to enhance the beauty of the surface.

Expect variations in the level of antiquing and colouring across the product especially on towel rails which are manufactured with both cast and tubular brass

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

Antique Brass Basin Taps & Accessories

Antique Bronze Single Locky Vanity Basin Suite

Antique Bronze (Live Unlacquered)

A dark finish to the brass that gives an aged industrial look to the product. The product starts with an unlacquered hand polished brass finish which is then aged and waxed to enhance the beauty of the surface.

Expect variations in the level of antiquing and colouring across the product especially on towel rails which are manufactured with both cast and tubular brass

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

 

Antique Nickel (Live Unlacquered)

Polished nickel is one of Drummonds standard finishes and even though it is a plated finish nickel will age and patinate over time, but unlike unlacquered brass this will take several years to happen naturally. Drummonds antique nickel special finish speeds up this process to give the appearance of an aged plated nickel product that has been installed and used for many years.

Expect variations in the level of antiquing and colouring across the product.

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

 

Antique Nickel Double Locky Vanity Basin Suite

Antique Brushed Brass Freestanding Towel Rail

Antique Brushed Brass (Live Unlacquered)

Taking the Drummonds’ antique brass finish and hand brushing it to reduce the shine and create a more matt and subdued effect. Besides the difference in shininess, what sets antique brushed brass apart from unlacquered smooth brass is the texture: the brush marks on the brass constitute thousands of tiny ridges resembling fingerprints which give it a subtle grain.

Expect variations in the level of antiquing and colouring across the product especially on towel rails which are manufactured with both cast and tubular brass

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

 

Brushed Brass (Live Unlacquered)

By taking the unlacquered polished brass finish and brushing it by hand Drummonds’ creates a special finish with a more modern appearance. As with all our other special finishes the unlacquered brass surface will age, patinate and mark very quickly and eventually take on the appearance of our antique brushed brass finish.

Expect variations in the level of colouring across the product especially on towel rails which are manufactured with both cast and tubular brass

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

Brushed Nickel (Live Unlacquered)

Drummonds takes the plated nickel finish and brushes it by hand to give the product a matt silvery appearance that would take many years of usage to achieve naturally. Once installed the brushed nickel surface will begin to age and patinate.

Expect variations in the level of antiquing and colouring across the product.

Please refer to the text above before purchasing one of Drummonds’ bespoke special finish products.

Brushed Nickel Bath & Shower Mixer

Available Finishes

01.

Metal Finish

Unlacquered Brass

A Natural Live Brass Finish

02.

Metal Finish

Polished Nickel

A Softer Silver Finish

03.

Metal Finish

Polished Chrome

A Bright, Clean Option

04.

Metal Finish

Antique Brass

A bespoke metal finish

05.

Metal Finish

Antique Nickel

A bespoke metal finish

06.

Metal Finish

Antique Bronze

A bespoke metal finish

07.

Metal Finish

Antique Brushed Brass

A bespoke metal finish

08.

Metal Finish

Brushed Brass

A bespoke metal finish

09.

Metal Finish

Brushed Nickel

A bespoke metal finish