Asked on Mar 1, 2013

door hardware

Susan BechampJudith BWoodbridge Environmental


How do you keep the brass toned finish from wearing off doorknobs? We just got replacements for our storm door and the last ones looked terrible. Probably doesnt help that we live along the gulf coast with the heat and humidity
6 answers
  • Designs by BSB
    on Mar 1, 2013

    It is really about the quality of the hardware, most specifically their plating process for applying the finish.

  • BeckySue is correct. The hardware you have on your doors is either white metal, aluminum or steel covered with a brass finish. Once this wears off you end up with what ever the finish covers. you can spend a lot of money on real brass hardware, but simply would be better off buying a replacement handle that has worn down. Heat and humidity has little to do with this, while the salt air may. Other then painting with a clear lacquer sealer, such as Rustolium spray type, there is really nothing that can be done.

  • Judith B
    on Mar 3, 2013

    Thanks This is a Pela door and would have hoped they would have had better quality

  • Have you tried to contact their customer support? They have pretty good warranties and perhaps they will honor the hardware from this type of wear?

  • Judith B
    on Mar 4, 2013

    He just bought new hardware from them. I thought the same thing about the warranty but we bought the door 7 years ago

  • Susan Bechamp
    on Nov 29, 2015

    I noticed the same problem with sink faucets and sink drains. The brass finish wears off and too harsh a cleaner damages the surface, pitting it and then rust forms. I upgraded our faucets to a high-priced, higher quality and 4 years later they still look good. Be mindful of what you clean with.

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