What is unlacquered brass hardware?

What is unlacquered brass hardware? Unlacquered brass is brass that has no protective coating. Over time the brass will darken and patina and show wear. It’s relatively low-maintenance if left alone to age.

What does Unlacquered mean?

Not covered, coated, or treated with lacquer.

Is unlacquered brass a living finish?

For example, our Unlacquered Brass finish is a living finish that will patina and change color over time. The reason these living finishes “change” is due to oxidation from the air. With door hardware specifically, these changes can also occur through the natural oils from your hands.

What is the difference between lacquered and unlacquered brass?

Un-lacquered brass is raw brass that is purposefully left un-sealed to allow for natural oxidation to take place. However lacquered brass has a thin coating of a varnish that can be applied by spraying or brushing. You can easily wipe lacquered brass down to keep the surface clean, but you cannot polish it.

Is natural brass the same as Unlacquered?

Unlacquered brass is also known as raw brass or uncoated brass. It can be brushed, satin or polished, but left without a protective coating. It therefore ages over time developing a beautiful patina that adds character to new and old homes alike.

Is unlacquered brass shiny?

Like it shiny? Polishing unlacquered brass will restore the brass back to its’ original shiny finish again!

Is brushed brass Unlacquered?

Most items listed as polished brass, satin brass or brushed brass will generally be lacquered. All of those finishes require a lacquer in order to remain the same tone over time. Any time you see an item listed in those finishes it will most likely be lacquered and the color won’t change.

How do you protect unlacquered brass?

Unlacquered brass tarnishes when exposed to air. A weekly wiping with a little liquid ammonia on a soft cloth will help keep unlacquered brass shiny.

Does unlacquered brass turn green?

Because unlacquered brass is not sealed from the elements, it will naturally tarnish.

How do I stop brass from tarnishing?

Linseed or mineral oil both work well to prevent tarnishing. WD-40 can work, too. Pour or spray a small amount on a soft, dry cloth and wipe an even, light coat onto the brass items.

Does brass get tarnished?

A strong and corrosion-resistant metal, brass is a relatively inexpensive alloy made from zinc and copper. On account of its bright, golden color, the material has long been a favorite material in home design. However, like any metal, brass can become dull and tarnished over time.