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Finish Information

You’ll find Horton finishing to be exceptional. We start with solid brass for all our hardware (except the hand-forged iron). Our brass finishes are hand done with a dip process for a deep luster. We never use spray finishes, as they don’t provide the depth and life of a dipped finish.

The Horton Finish

The Horton finishes are the result of years of effort and is very special. There are seven standard finishes to choose from. Regardless of which you choose, some things never change. We always start with solid brass. Every Horton finish is applied by hand. We take no shortcuts.

For many years all of our finishes were supplied with no lacquer to create a living finish. We still do that. But in response to demand, all of our brass finishes are available with a lacquer coating upon request. Lacquering is a 20% up-charge and sometimes has a lead time. Popular kitchen items are in stock in dark and antique lacquer as well.

Bright and semi-bright brass finishes are created by hand-buffing each piece by the order. Our bright brass finish is spectacular and polished to a jewelry-like shine. Each piece gleams. Or you may prefer semi-bright brass finish, with its smooth satin appearance. I feel that no one can compete with us on brass finishing. Our professional woodworking customers tell us it’s true. If you have any questions about our brass finishes, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Looking For Finish Samples?

Although we try to accurately represent our finishes on our website, photos can only go so far. If you aren't sure which finish to choose from, we have sample boards available for purchase. To order one of our Finish Sample Boards, follow the link provided. All sample boards are $10 and come with free shipping. With each board, you will receive our H-42 Mushroom knobs in the 7/8" size in all seven of our standard finishes.

We can customize your finish

Want your finish a little lighter, darker, more shine, less shine? Professional lacquering? How about a custom nickel, copper or even silver or gold plating on brass hardware? We can oblige, just put your request in the comments during your checkout. We can also recolor your brass hardware to our finishes, or send a sample and we’ll do our best to match it. Because we do all our finishing right here, we can control the finishing process. We’re fast too—we usually ship custom colored orders the next day. Custom plating is an additional charge. The lead time is about 3 weeks. I’ll bet you won't find that service anywhere else.

Antique Brass Finish (A):

Antique is a soft, brown finish. It can be lightened with brass polish or buffed off completely. It is not lacquered and is an extremely versatile finish.

Antique Finish

Light Antique Brass Finish (LA):

Light antique is a newer finish-we start with our regular antique brass and it gently to bring out the gold highlights. The variation in the color gives it a more natural antique appearance.

Light Antique Finish

Dark Antique brass Finish (DA):

Our dark antique is a near black finish with a satin sheen-many companies call this finish oil-rubbed bronze. We prefer dark antique. It is also un-lacquered so if it is handled often it will lighten up-sometimes drastically. We suggest the dark antique brass finish with lacquer for kitchen applications.

Dark Antique Finish

Semi-Bright brass Finish (SB):

Brass hardware is simply brushed with mineral oil using soft wire brushes. once it's dry, you are left with a pale yellow color from the brass with a natural satin sheen.

Semi Bright Finish

Bright brass Finish (B):

Also known as polished brass, our bright finish is hand polished through several steps to achieve a truly brilliant, mirror-like shine.

Bright Finish

Polished Nickel Finish (PN):

Much like bright, polished nickel parts are first buffed by hand to a mirror-like shine. Then a durable nickel plating is applied to get a bright silver finish.

Polished Nickel Finish

Satin Nickel Finish (SN):

Satin nickel is a soft, silver finish. Produced much like our semi-bright finish-the brass is first brushed with very fine wire wheels. A durable finish is applied on top. Nickel finishes take on the texture of the brass below them.

Satin Nickel Finish