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Satin finishes are the bare cast alloy. No plating or protective finishes are applied, other than a hand applied paste wax. The final finish is hand rubbed with a fine abrasive pad, insuring that the surface is infinitely renewable once installed using basic materials. Two types and colors of alloy are available; the pale gold satin silicon bronze, and the silver white bronze.
Maintenance for “Satin” Finishes
Welcome to the world of real materials. Our products are cast metal with a paste wax finish. There is no plating or protective finishes other than wax applied to our metals, the color of the surface is the color of the metal itself. The texture of the satin finish is created by hand polishing with a fine abrasive (scotchbrite) pad. Silicon bronze and white bronze are both copper alloys and respond to the elements in the same way as copper - by tarnishing, or acquiring a patina over time. Allowing this process to happen unhindered will allow for a unique patina to develop giving you a “weathered” finish.
Maintaining the original Satin Finish:
- Dry the vessel after each use, this will retard tarnishing. Water allowed to dry on the surface will leave visible spots.
- Do not use a copper polish on any exterior patinaed surfaces.
- Polish and wax your sink frequently, this will reduce water spots and protect the finish.
- Rinse basin with hot water. Apply a brass/copper cleaner with the enclosed sponge to non patinaed areas.
- Polish until tarnish is removed. Rinse off cleaner. Dry the surface immediately and completely.
- Follow with an application of Johnsons’ paste wax or Trewax (see “To Wax” below).
Wright’s Copper Cream is the cleaner we recommend, and it is available in most supermarkets and hardware stores. This copper cleaner is very effective and easy to use. It leaves a muted luster rather than a mirror like finish obtained with the use of other products. In general, any product formulated for brass or copper cleaning can be used without harming the metal.
- Apply wax to a dry clean surface with a soft cloth or towel, cover surface completely.
- Switch to a fresh cloth and continue wiping until wax dries, this insures a streak-free surface.
If desired, a mild non-detergent soap that doesn’t remove the wax can be used in between polishing. Paste waxes contain a solvent that removes the previous layer of wax and also acts as a cleaning agent.
- Johnson’s Paste Wax or Trewax- these work well and are readily available in most hardware stores.
- Renaissance Wax Polish - while a little more costly, it dries quickly and is considered by restoration specialists to be the best wax, order online at www.conservationresources.com.
- Carnuba based automotive paste waxes without polishing agents can also be used.
In the case of stubborn spots or long term neglect
A fine abrasive or scotchbrite pad may be used on the sink. Because our products are unplated, you will not harm the finish. Rub the abrasive pad as strongly as needed on the spot or stain. If plumbed with any other drain grid then a Wawirka brand grid, take care to avoid scrubbing the drain grid as it is possibly plated and the finish may rub off. After the spot is removed, go over the entire bowl with the pad in a circular motion to reestablish the original consistent pattern, follow with polish & wax.