HAND-APPLIED FIXTURE FINISHES
In 1977, when Rejuvenation got its start, Victorian style was all the rage, polished brass was the finish, and almost all of the fixtures on the market were made of cheap metal that was "antiqued" to look like brass.
The antiques we were restoring really were solid brass, and we spent a lot of time stripping off grime and paint—and often the finish they were originally sold with – until they gleamed with brassiness.
As the years passed we educated ourselves about what the original finishes were and how to replicate them in our own factory. Today, we still hand finish over 90% of our fixtures in our own factory. The result—lights that will look great for years to come.
COORDINATING HARDWARE FINISHES
Some hardware is finished in our factory. For other pieces, we partner with vendors who maintain our strict standards for durable, lasting finishes which closely match our lighting finishes. Please note that some variation is natural.
LIGHTING FINISH CARE
Our reproduction light fixtures are made of solid brass, cast aluminum, zinc alloy or porcelain, and many of our metal finishes are applied by hand.
Lacquered fixtures (Lacquered Brass, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Burnished Antique, Aged Brass, Brushed Satin, Antique Copper, Old Brass, Bronze Gilt) should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and very mild soap (if necessary). Never use brass polish on lacquered fixtures. Keep in mind that fresh paint fumes, aerosol sprays, and damp or steamy locations can reduce the lifetime of a lacquer coating.
Unlacquered Brass fixtures can be cleaned with mild soap and a soft cloth. Non-abrasive household brass polish can be used if a bright finish is desired. These fixtures will slowly develop a rich antique patina. Remember to clean off fingerprints after hanging the fixture or changing bulbs, as handled areas will tarnish more quickly.
Polished Nickel and Brushed Nickel fixtures will naturally develop a milky-white tarnish over time (particularly in humid environments, such as bathrooms). This patina should periodically be removed with a soft cloth and a mild solution of household ammonia. Heavy tarnish may require a metal polish to brighten.
Polished Chrome fixtures will not tarnish and can be freshened with any household metal cleaner.
Painted Enamel fixtures are best cleaned with mild soap and water. Repaint any worn or chipped spots as needed – bare metal will corrode if exposed.
Porcelain fixtures may be cleaned with mild soap and a damp cloth.
HARDWARE FINISH CARE
Our hardware is typically made of solid brass (though other materials are sometimes used) and with appropriate care will perform well for many years.
Lacquered Brass, Aged Brass, Burnished Antique, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, and Lacquered Copper hardware can be cleaned by simply wiping with a soft, damp cloth. Do not use brass polish or harsh cleaners and detergents on products with lacquer coatings.
Brushed Chrome and Brushed Nickel hardware (unlike Brushed Nickel light fixtures) have a protective satin lacquer coating. These pieces can be cleaned by simply wiping with a soft, damp cloth.
Unlacquered Brass hardware has no protective coating and will age gracefully over time as the brass darkens and wears with use. To slow and even out tarnishing, you can apply paste wax before installation. If polishing is necessary, use a quality brass polish and a soft cloth.
Polished Chrome and Brushed Chrome hardware will not tarnish and can be freshened with any household metal cleaner.
Polished Nickel hardware will naturally develop a milky-white tarnish over time (particularly in humid environments, such as bathrooms). This patina should periodically be removed with a soft cloth and a mild solution of household ammonia. Heavy tarnish may require a metal polish to brighten.