Posted on Apr 20 2020
Care and Maintenance
If the natural patina development is not desired to externally fit handles then to help maintain the factory finish we recommend cleaning every 3 to 6 months with warm very mild (1%) soapy water and cloth dry. For Pewter left longer than this period or that has darkened a lot apply a light coat of 'Brasso' and buff vigorously when dry to a shine. Repeat the process if required. Do NOT under any circumstances use solvent cleaners or household polishes or aerosols as these will cause irreversible damage to the Pewter surface which will absorb the solvent and thereby permanently discolour the surface. Internal handles will only require an occasional wipe with warm soapy water and buff dry.
Leather and Wood
Our Leather supplier uses only the finest English Saddle Leather which is hand stitched to order. Please allow a minimum 6 weeks from order for this product. Leather is best cleaned when required with a damp cloth and a light coat of clear shoe cream. Finesse sources its Oak and American Black Walnut from sustainable source suppliers. These products are NOT recommended for external use.
Sprung Door Levers
All Finesse Door Levers are supplied sprung except Multipoint versions, which are supplied un-sprung to allow for the upward locking movement needed to operate this style of lock. Finesse Door knobs are un-sprung for comfort of operation, but can be sprung to order if specified.
Doors and Fixings
All cabinet handles are supplied with industry standard M4 x 25mm machine screws suitable for cabinet doors up to 19mm thickness, or M4 x 45mm snap off screws are available which if used should be cut to formula Door Thickness + 5mm. Do not under any circumstances use the screw at full length without measuring as this could lead to the screw bursting through the front of the handle.
For Doors in excess of 19mm let us know at the point of order and we can include longer screws to suit your application without charge. If ordered after the order has been delivered we reserve the right to charge for supply and postage. Door Knobs and Levers are supplied with pewter finished stainless steel dome head slotted No.8 wood screw x 25mm as standard.
Finesse Pewter Hardware has been professionally and independently tested and is compliant with BS EN ISO 11997-1:2006 a 168 HOUR CYCLIC CORROSION salt spray test. The test replicates exposure to the elements in the most severe way. A copy of this test result may be viewed or downloaded from our website.
When externally exposed to extreme weather conditions Pewter will not rust but a dark Patina will begin to develop, in extreme locations some small dots of white deposit can develop on the surface, this process will vary with climate and air quality and is normal in this material.
Genuine Pewter is a natural porous material that will with use develop it's own natural patina, frequently used handles will darken slightly quicker but this is perfgectly normal. If your preferance is for a factory finish then refer to our CARE & MAINTENANCE section for some simple cleaning tips, PLEASE AVOID ALL INDUSTRIAL CLEANERS & SOLVENTS OTHER THAN THOSE WE RECOMMEND !
We would however advise that if installed externally within 15 Miles of a coastline the high salt content might cause in certain conditions the factory finish to darken more quickly than otherwise expected in natural conditions and small white dots to appear. This is a reaction to the salt content in the air and not a corrosive action, it will not weaken or damage the surface it is just aesthetic. The cleaning protocol given in our Care & Maintenance section will lesson this reaction and remove it in most cases if repeated every 3 - 6 months.
NEW! Armor-Coat™ Flat Black
Our new Armor-Coat™ Flat Black finish has been independently tested and certified to the full BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5, the highest possible corrosion resistant standard providing 'exceptionally high corrosion resistance' meaning our Ironmongery is industry leading and suited to service indoors and outdoors. The Armor-Coat™ Flat Black finish is also highly UV rated and resistant, to protect from fading in sunlight and/or harsh weather and suited for use with Accoya wood.
With only a 30% sheen, this finish has been developed alongside a number of Joinery manufacturers who themselves are using the latest paint finishes on doors and windows, the Flat Black brings a modern twist to a traditionally made product.
NEW! Armor-Coat™ Satin Steel
The Armor-Coat™ Satin Steel finish certified best in the industry for an all-weather finish. Satin Steel has the genuine appearance of heritage steel being certified to BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5 meaning this finish showed 'exceptionally high corrosion resistance' and is also 'suited to service indoors and outdoors in exceptionally severe conditions where long-term protection is required.' Maintaining its colouring with the high Armor-Coat™ UV resistance and suitable for use with Accoya wood this finish truly fits with our 'Fit & Forget' philosophy.
Satin Steel is exactly what it says it is, a unique set of tooling gives a high level surface that is ready for Armor-Coat straight from the forge, this subtle finish maintains the integrity of a true steel product which sits beautifully in a classic or contemporary setting.