Maintaining your hardware requires care adapted to its individual finish. Hamilton Sinkler treats its finishes as follows:

Lacquered Finishes: Brushed Nickel, Satin Brass, Antique brass, Bright Antique Brass, Black Nickel, Pewter, and Polished Brass. Polished Nickel is lacquered within the Revival collection and cabinet hardware.

Unprotected Finishes: Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass Unlacquered, and Polished Nickel from the Metropolitan collection.

Resilient Finishes: Polished Chrome

Lacquered finishes

Applying a premium lacquer product followed by a baking process protects the finish from tarnishing and finger prints.

To maintain the look of the hardware:

  1. Use a soft cotton cloth with warm water to wipe the surface gently

  2. Wipe again gently with another soft cloth to dry and remove moisture and water stains

Optional: If the lacquer develops light scratch marks from usage then these can be diminished by applying a wax coating. We recommend Wäxx by Flitz. See below for full wax instructions.

Unprotected Finishes

Oil-Rubbed Bronze (ORB): Hamilton Sinkler supplies oil-rubbed bronze finishes intentionally unprotected by any lacquers, waxes, or other anti-weathering agents. This finish is intended to weather over time depending upon the environment where the hardware is used. The effect of weathering will also depend on the frequency of use and cleaning agents that contact the surface of the metal finish.

To clean the surface of this finish please do the following:

  1. Use a soft cotton cloth with warm water and light soap to wipe the surface gently

  2. Wipe again gently with another clean soft cloth to dry and remove moisture and water stains and allow to dry naturally

Polished Brass Unlacquered (UB): Hamilton Sinkler supplies its polished brass unlacquered finishes intentionally unprotected by any lacquers, waxes or other anti-weathering agents. This finish is intended to weather and/or tarnish over time depending upon the environment where the hardware is used. The effect of weathering will also depend on the frequency of use and cleaning agents that contact the surface of the metal finish.

To bring the surface back to its original condition please do the following:

  1. Use a metal tarnish remover (by Flitz) on a soft cotton cloth and rub into the surface gently.

  2. Wipe again gently with another clean soft cloth until cloudy residue is removed, and the surface is tarnish free.

If you want to preserve a polished, untarnished look then use a wax protectant to slow down further tarnishing

Polish Nickel (PN): This finish is not lacquered within the Metropolitan collection.

To bring the surface back to its original condition please do the following:

  1. Use a metal tarnish remover (by Flitz) on a soft cotton cloth and rub into the surface gently.

  2. Wipe again gently with another clean soft cloth until cloudy residue is removed, and the surface is tarnish free.

If you want to preserve a polished, untarnished look then use a wax protectant to slow down further tarnishing.  

Resilient Finishes

Polished Chrome (PC): This is a resilient finish that does not weather and does not require protection.

To clean the surface of this finish please do the following:

  1. Use a soft cotton cloth with warm water to wipe the surface gently

  2. Wipe again gently with another soft cloth to dry and remove moisture and water stains

Wax Protectant

Wax protects the finish from tarnishing, light scratches or abrasion. This wax coating, however, will only last for 6-12 months depending on the environment it is used in.

To reapply a wax coat, we recommend a product called Wäxx by Flitz. This is an environmentally friendly solution, formulated with a blend of white carnauba and natural beeswax that is Silicone free, so it does not dull, will not leave any white powder, and will provide the ultimate in UV and rain protection.

The wax protectant can leave a dried stain from the packaging when pre-applied. This should be rubbed with a dry cotton cloth once installation has taken place.