Product finishes > A guide to our product finishes and how to maintain them

Blacksmiths Finishes

Beeswax Finish

Beeswax Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

Our beeswax finish is the most authentic finish for steel. When forging has finished the colours left in the steel range from blue to deep red ochre. To preserve these beautiful colours we recommend periodically maintaining this with our beeswax maintenance wax. This gives a subtle, matt richness to the metal and offers excellent protection when products are fitted internally and properly maintained.

External Beeswax Finish

External Beeswax Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our external beeswax is unique to From The Anvil and is manufactured from a anti-corrosive beeswax. It has a matt richness and similarly to our standard beeswax the depth of colour ranges from blue to deep red ochre. To preserve these beautiful colours we recommend periodically maintaining this with our beeswax maintenance wax. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Black Finish

Black Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our black finish is baked in a high-temperature oven giving it a durable corrosion resistant finish. It is resistant to moisture and can be used in bathrooms and damp conditions. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Black Antique Finish

Black Antique Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our antique black finish is more textured than our standard ‘black finish’ due to the cast manufacturing methods used during production. The finish remains the same and is also baked in a high-temperature oven giving it a durable corrosion resistant finish. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Pewter Patina Finish

Pewter Patina Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our pewter finish is elegant and beautifully highlights the texture of the steel. The unique and complex process runs deep into the metal resulting in an unmatched contrast of texture and colour. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard. It has excellent anti-corrosive properties but we recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Antique Pewter Finish

Antique Pewter Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

The antique pewter finish is a complicated process applied to a solid brass base metal, giving excellent anti-corrosive properties.Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Bronze Finish (Steel Base Material)

Bronze Finish (Steel Base Material) - (For Internal or External Use)

Mild steel coated with a permanent bronze finish which is weatherproof and will maintain it’s rich glossy finish for years to come. This finish is elegant and beautifully highlights the rustic and distinctive qualities of the handforging process. It has excellent anti-corrosive properties but we recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Natural Smooth Finish

Natural Smooth Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

A natural cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which is only intended for internal use. This also produces a beautifully smooth look and feel with subtle highlights from the base metal. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Natural Textured Finish

Natural Textured Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

A textured cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which is only intended for internal use. If fitted in an enclosed porch/bathroom it will need to be treated with maintenance wax periodically to help protect the iron from any moisture. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Iron Finish

Iron Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Made from solid iron, exhibiting the natural beauty and texture of the metal. It is cast and finished with a clear powder coating to protect the iron from weather and moisture, this also gives it a rich colour. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Period Finishes

Polished Brass Finish

Polished Brass Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our polished brass products are made from solid unlacquered brass. Regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is recommended to maintain the original highly polished finish. However, if the intention is to allow the surface to age through oxidization, no attention needs to be given. Over time the brass will acquire a darker and more aged patina. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Aged Brass Finish

Aged Brass Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our aged brass products are made from solid unlacquered brass which undergoes an accelerated ageing process and is then re-polished, leaving any decorative details dark and larger surface areas more polished. If the intention is to allow the surface to age, no attention needs to be given. Over time the brass will acquire a darker and more aged patina. However polishing with brasso will give the product a natural sheen where required. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Polished Bronze Finish

Polished Bronze Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

This finish is manufactured from solid unlacquered bronze containing a minimum of 85% copper. This finish undergoes an accelerated ageing process and is then re-polished, leaving any decorative details dark and larger surface areas more polished. If the intention is to allow the surface to age, no attention needs to be given. Over time the bronze will acquire a darker and more aged patina. However, polishing with brasso will give the product a natural sheen where required. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Aged Bronze Finish

Aged Bronze Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

This finish is manufactured from solid unlaquered bronze containing a minimum of 85% copper. Our aged bronze is matt and rich due to the finishing process we use to age the metal, this process initially darkens the material, however this finish will gradually oxidize over time revealing the warm copper undertones. Lightening the finish can be accelerated by hand-polishing with a heavy dry cloth. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Polished Chrome Finish

Polished Chrome Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

A highly polished finish which reflects like a mirror. A base metal of solid brass or steel with quality chrome plating applied to it’s surface. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Satin Chrome Finish

Satin Chrome Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Satin chrome offers a subtle alternative to polished chrome and is a popular choice where a matt appearance is required. A base metal of solid brass or steel with quality chrome plating applied to it’s surface. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.

Polished Nickel Finish

Polished Nickel Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

A highly polished finish with a nickel plating applied to solid brass. Our polished nickel is unlacquered and is similar to a polished chrome finish but with much warmer tones. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Wooden Finishes

Ebony Finish

Ebony Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Ebonised to have a rich, dark hue, a very high density and fine texture which gives a very smooth finish. Polish or wax to maintain the wood and to give overall protection. This finish can be used externally if maintained with anvil maintenance wax & wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time. This will also aid the removal of harmful deposits.

Rosewood Finish

Rosewood Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Rosewood has a richly hued reddish colour with much darker veining. Polish or wax to maintain the wood and to give overall protection. This finish can be used externally if maintained with anvil maintenance wax & wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time. This will also aid the removal of harmful deposits.

General care > A brief guide to caring for your products

General Care

Lightly oiling as soon as you get or fit your product (not beeswax) will help prevent any build up of harmful deposits which can drastically shorten the lifespan of your furniture. We recommend that ironmongery is also wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time (not beeswax). This will help remove harmful deposits and restore it to its original condition.

All moving parts should be oiled prior to fitting and periodically afterwards. A 3-in-1 oil would be perfect for all oiling purposes.

Warnings

The chemicals in wet plaster and wet paint will rust our products. Only fit your new ironmongery when you have made sure that all new plaster is fully cured and paint has dried. Also, we do not recommend using our products in coastal areas as the salt content in the air will rust all finishes. Only 316 marine grade stainless steel will not rust in this sort of environment and therefore our products cannot be guaranteed.

All of our product finishes which are marked for ‘external use’ have been designed to withstand many adverse weather conditions, but even with these tough finishes it is still a necessity to maintain the finish. Regular wiping with a slightly oiled cloth is highly recommended as harmful deposits can & will stick to the surface which will eventually break it down. A little time & effort during the life of your item will prolong and maintain your genuine ‘From The Anvil’ furniture long into the future.

Maintenance & care guide > An extensive guide on how to maintain the various different finishes and any special requirements

General Maintenance

As with any ironmongery on today’s market there are general maintenance tips that can be used to keep your products at their best. All of our finishes will last for many years to come but, as with anything, the more you look after it the better it will look!

We recommend periodically oiling any moving parts on From The Anvil products to ensure they perform to their full capacity, especially when fitting externally. Whether fitting internally or externally we advise oiling our products when first installing - this applies to all finishes. We recommend using our 3-in-one oil (22314) for this purpose.

Beeswax Finish

Our beeswax finish is the most authentic finish for steel. We apply pure beeswax to preserve the natural colours in the steel and the texture created from the forge, hammer and anvil. This gives a subtle, matt richness to the metal and offers excellent protection when products are fitted correctly.

Due to temperature changes and packaging conditions, a beeswax product may occasionally show signs of a slight white bloom on opening. We recommend you buff the product with a soft cloth which will restore the finish to its intended glory.

To maintain beeswax products, we have ‘maintenance wax’ (33002) which we would recommend is used from time to time to protect the steel and prevent rusting.

Our external beeswax is very durable and is coated with a corrosive resistant wax to ensure it does not rust when used outside, however we do still recommend that a ‘maintenance wax’ (33002) is used to coat the product periodically. This will provide additional surface protection from weather conditions and all outside elements.

For external use we recommend using our ‘external beeswax’ only. For bathrooms or wet properties, we recommend also choosing our ‘external beeswax’ finish where possible.

Please note that surface rust may occur if standard beeswax is used in damp internal environments. Should this happen, we suggest rubbing the product with 00 grade wire wool and then applying our ‘maintenance wax’ (33002) with a rag or brush, this will restore the finish and aid protection.

Black Finishes

Our black finish is a quality powder coating which when applied is baked in a high-temperature oven giving it an attractive, durable and corrosion-resistant finish. This finish is very low maintenance and is resistant to moisture, it can be used internally in high moisture areas like bathrooms or kitchens and externally in adverse weather conditions.

Although our black finish has excellent anti-corrosive properties, this should still be lightly wiped over from time to time with an oily cloth to remove the build-up of any harmful deposits that may sit on the surface of the products. This will significantly improve the lifespan of the product and finish. We recommend using our ‘3-in-one oil’ (22314) for this purpose.

If for any reason your black products or screws become scratched through general wear and tear or fitting, we do offer ‘black touch-up paint’ (73101) which provides a way to fully protect your product again. This is very easy to apply, it is very hard wearing and is a perfect match to our black finish.

Pewter finishes

Our pewter finish is highly durable and goes through many processes during manufacturing to ensure suitability for both internal and external use. This is a very popular corrosion-resistant finish and can be used for many applications.

We recommend that our pewter finish should be regularly wiped over with an oily cloth to remove the build-up of any harmful deposits that may sit on the surface of the products. This will significantly improve the lifespan of the product and finish. We recommend using our ‘3-in-one oil’ (22314) for this purpose.

Brass finishes

Our brass products are manufactured to the highest standards from solid and unlacquered brass. These finishes will naturally age through oxidation.

If desired a bright ‘polished’ effect can be achieved and fully restored by polishing with a dry cloth or by using ‘brasso’ (73102).

Our aged brass finish is achieved by accelerating the ageing process during manufacturing and then re-polishing to create a textured finish. This process highlights all detailed areas within the product design by leaving any indentations dark and all surface areas polished to achieve an attractive contrast.

All our aged brass products can be maintained in the same way as our polished brass products by using a dry cloth or ‘brasso (73102) if a bright ‘polished’ effect is desired on the surface areas of the products.

Because our brass finishes are solid and unlacquered, they are suitable for all applications, both internally and externally. Over time all our brass products will acquire a darker aged patina if they are not maintained by polishing. This is a preferred option for many and a more natural living finish.

Bronze finishes

All of our aged bronze products are manufactured from solid bronze which starts life as a bright copper finish. We darken our bronze finish by accelerating the ageing process to achieve a rich dark bronze colour and distinction that only bronze possesses.

Our solid bronze products require no maintenance and will naturally lighten during use and oxidisation. If a lighter finish is desired immediately, this process can be accelerated by polishing with a dry cloth. This will also make the appearance of our bronze shiny, if this is not desired then we recommend you leave your product to naturally wear.

Bronze is a living finish and due to the high copper content, it contains natural anti-bacterial properties which avoids the need to clean the finish regularly. See our bronze articles for further information.

Nickel and polished chrome finishes

Our nickel and polished chrome finishes are also unlacquered, they are manufactured from a base metal of solid brass. It is recommended that these are dry polished from time to time to reduce finger marks and any dirt that gathers on the surface.

Wooden finishes

Our rosewood and ebony finishes are manufactured using high quality and hard-wearing timber. These finishes can be kept to these high standards by way of a simple maintenance routine using our ‘maintenance wax’ (33002). We recommend regularly waxing your timber products to maintain the vibrancy of the wood and to provide overall protection.

These products have been designed for internal use but can be used externally if well maintained with our ‘maintenance wax’ (33002).

Other finishes

For all of our other finishes which do not have a specific mention or listed care instructions, we always recommend the same maintenance routine, using ‘3-in-one oil’ (22314) on all moving parts when first purchased and periodically afterwards. This will keep the product working to it’s optimum.

To keep the finish in it’s original condition wipe with a slightly oiled cloth when first installed and at regular intervals during the products lifespan.

Warnings

We do not recommend using our products in coastal areas due to the high levels of salt content in the surrounding air. This will rust or tarnish most finishes; only certain grades of stainless steel will not rust in these environments and therefore our products cannot be guaranteed for such use.

Please note that chemicals in wet plaster or paint may rust or tarnish our products. The moisture levels in a newly plastered room are very high, so please only fit your new ironmongery when you have made sure that all new plaster is fully cured and paint has dried.

Do not use any form of chemical cleaner, e.g. oxalic acid or aerosol sprays to clean products, as this can permanently damage and break down finishes.

When painting, staining or plastering we recommend that all ironmongery is removed before proceeding.

Please follow our suggested use for internal and external finishes and avoid using internal finishes for outside use wherever possible.

In sheltered areas such as a porch, some internal finishes can be used if desired but only if they are regularly maintained. We still do not recommend this and would be unable to provide any guarantee against the use of internal finishes used externally.

All of our products have excellent anti-corrosive properties if maintained to specific requirements of each individual finish and will last for many years if given just a little regular care.

For further information, please refer to our finish guide or website www.fromtheanvil.co.uk

Advice

We supply our quality products through a network of registered Anvil Stockists throughout the UK. If you need any advice or have any questions regarding any of our products, finishes or care guides please feel free to get in touch with the Stockist you originally purchased from or with us directly. We are always keen to obtain feedback that will help us improve our service.

Alternatively, our website includes a wealth of information including product drawings, detailed dimensions, comprehensive imagery, videos, F.A.Q’s and more. Please visit www.fromtheanvil.co.uk or if you have a smart phone why not scan one of our qr codes below to obtain relevant information in an instant.

Screws

The fixings supplied with a number of our products are hand-made and therefore a little extra care needs to be taken when fitting. It is always recommended that a pilot hole is drilled (especially into hard woods) for all of our fixings. Ideally it is suggested that you rub the screw with candle wax before fitting to ease the application.

Please take the upmost care when fixing our screws, as many of our products are supplied with traditionally slotted screws. We recommend that along with drilling a pilot hole, a well-fitting screwdriver should be used. Please avoid fixing by way of an impact driver or drill operated screwdriver, due to the hand-made nature of the fixings.

All of our screws can be purchased in quantities of 25 to replace lost or damaged screws, please see pages 241-242 for details.