Croft Hardware - Guide to Finishes

Croft Hardware are one of the few British manufacturers that still continues a long-lasting tradition of handcrafting and hand-finishing the highest quality architectural hardware.  The founder's grandfather first started manufacturing and selling architectural hardware items in 1868.  Five generations later, the company is still based in Willenhall in the West Midlands, the historic heart of the British lock and hardware industry.

Croft Hardware offer a comprehensive range of British manufactured products, all of which are made by hand by a highly skilled and experienced workforce. By combining traditional skills with modern manufacturing techniques, the Croft Hardware team of craftsmen produce quality fittings that are built to stand the test of time.

A unique offering from Croft Hardware is the huge range of bespoke finishes that can be offered on their entire range of products.  Here we have some beautiful illustrations of the different finishes that Croft Hardware can apply to your ironmongery, making them the perfect choice to acheive an exact match with your decor.

 

Antique Brass

An applied finish to a solid brass base.  The final hand finishing steps create a beautiful mellowed and aged patina that will continue to age nicely with use.

 croft hardware antique brass finish

 

 

Aged Brass

This is another applied finish to a solid brass base that gives an artificially and uniquely aged look of a time worn product with warm mellow tones.

croft hardware aged brass finish

 

 

Antique Nickel

This is a nickel plated finish which is oxidized to give a unique patina and then lacquered to create a rich, deep aged effect to the nickel.

croft hardware antique nickel

 

 

Polished Chrome Plate

This highly polished chrome plating creates a stunning mirror smooth finish for a flawless bright reflective finish, perfectly suited to modern and traditional applications.

croft hardware polished chrome

 

 

Distressed Antique Brass

Here the Antique Brass finish undergoes a further treatment of distressing to give an authentic aged appearance to the finish.  As this is a hand produced finish an individual character is gained for each product.

croft hardware distressed antique brass

 

 

Distressed Antique Nickel

The distressed surface finish creates a charcoal like tone in the antique nickel which perfectly complements natural textures such as pewter, stone and marble.

croft hardware distressed antique nickel

 

 

Dark Bronze Metal Antique

This applied finish creates a lustrous dark, almost black finish.  Designed to age gracefully over time and develop it's own unique patina through use.

croft hardware dark bronze metal antique

 

 

Distressed Oil Rubbed Bronze

A further distressed wearing effect to the oil rubbed bronze that creates a more aged look to the subtle bronze highlights.

croft hardware distressed oil rubbed bronze

 

 

 

Imitation Bronze Metal Antique

An applied finish that creates a matt lacquered deep coloured finish of almost caramel tones.

croft hardware imitation bronze metal antique

 

 

Oil Rubbed Bronze

A very traditional wearing effect that starts with a matt black finish, over time and through use the finish wears to give the subtle bronze highlights that are shining through on the edges and where they are touched most, to give an authentic patina that looks like it has taken decades to achieve.

 

croft hardware oil rubbed bronze

 

 

Polished Brass

The Solid Brass, is highly polished to a flawless perfection, then a protective lacquer is applied to maintain that high point of lustrous beauty.

croft hardware polished brass finish

 

 

 Polished Brass Unlacquered

The Solid Brass, is highly polished to a flawless perfection.  In this case it is supplied without a lacquer coating meaning that it will age greacefully over time, or can be regularly polished to maintain it's original lustre.

croft hardware polished brass finish

 

 

Polished Gunmetal

This is a very bespoke highly polished finish applied to a sand casting of solid bronze giving a warm rose gold hue to the bronze, and is then given a clear lacquer coating.

croft hardware polished gunmetal

 

 

Polished Gunmetal Unlacquered

This is a very bespoke highly polished finish applied to a sand casting of solid bronze giving a warm rose gold hue to the bronze.  Here the finish is left unlacquered to allow natural oxidization and aging of the finish.

croft hardware polished gunmetal

 

 

 Polished Nickel

A solid brass base with a high quality nickel plating  which is then polished for a dazzling shine.  The final finish gives a warmer deeper colour than polished chrome with a finish that is reminiscent of fine silver.

croft hardware polished nickel

 

 

Pearl Nickel

A unique finish with matt nickel plating being applied to a brass base and then given a dull finish to create a hint of yellow pearls.

croft hardware pearl nickel

 

 

Real Bronze Metal Antique

This is a highly polished finish on an original sand casting of solid bronze.  This is made and finished using traditional methods which gives an array of colours in the finish of this product.  The nature of any sand cast solid bronze product means that some surface blemishes and small porosity indentations can appear and should be expected.

croft hardware real bronze metal antique

 

 

Satin Brass

Here a solid brass product is carefully finished to a smooth satin perfection. Finished with a protective lacquer to maintain the finish.

croft hardware satin brass

 

 

 

Satin Brass Unlacquered

Here a solid brass product is carefully finished to a smooth satin perfection. Left unlacquered a unique patina will develop over time and use.

croft hardware satin brass

 

 

Satin Chrome Plate

A beautiful uniformed brushed finish to the chrome plating creates a smooth matt satin feel which is perfectly suited to modern and traditional applications.

croft hardware satin chrome finish

 

 

Satin Nickel Plate

A solid brass base with a high quality nickel plating  which is then brushed to give a uniform elegant matt finish.  The final finish gives a warmer deeper colour than chrome with a finish that is reminiscent of fine silver.

croft hardware satin nickel

 

 

 

Tudor Bronze

A sand casting of solid bronze in a traditional style along with small surface blemishes and indentations for an authentic bronze finish.

croft hardware tudor bronze

 

For further information visit the Croft Hardware Website here.

Care of Finishes

 

Lacquered Brass and Bronze (PB,PG)

Regular cleaning with warm soapy water will help maintain the general appearance and an occasional application of a good wax polish will help to protect the finish.

The life of the lacquer can be affected by many environmental or atmospheric conditions, including sea air and industrial pollution. If the lacquer does start to break down we recommend that it is removed with paint stripper and the article is kept clean in the traditional way using a metal polish (eg. Autosol or Brasso).


Unlacquered Brass and Bronze (PBUL, PGUL)

Although originally polished, if left untouched the finish will naturally become dull and darken over a length of time. To retain the polished finish regular cleaning with a proprietary brand of metal polish (eg. Autosol or Brasso) will be required.


Plated Finishes (CP, SCP, PN, SNP, PRL)

Regular cleaning with warm soapy water will help to maintain the appearance, but if required a proprietary brand of chrome polish can be used (eg. Autosol)


Living Finishes (AB, AGD, DAB, RBMA, TB)

Normal wear and handling will allow the raised areas to reveal the metal below helping to create an aged effect. An occasional application of a good beeswax polish can be applied if required.


Other Finishes (SB, MB, DBMA, IBMA, AN, ORB, DAN, DORB, SBUL)

Regular cleaning with warm soapy water and an application of a good wax polish gently applied, will help to protect the finish.


Atmospheric Conditions

Sea air and environmental conditions can cause a finish to deteriorate prematurely. Conditions will affect external fittings, and window fittings as they are likely to be exposed to corrosive or damaging elements for periods of time. In these situations regular cleaning will be needed and we recommend the following finishes to be the most suitable:

  • Polished Brass, Unlacquered (PBUL)
  • Chrome Plate (CP)
  • Polished Gunmetal, Unlacquered (PGUL)
  • Polished Nickel (PN)
  • Real Bronze (RBMA)